University of Washington School of Public Health
Program Associate, Health Care Delivery System Reform - The Commonwealth Fund
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: July 18, 2017
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fund has an endowment of $750 million, and an annual budget of $35 million.
THE PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM
In the United States, two groups experience problems with their health care more intensely and more frequently than any other.
One group is people with high health care needs and high costs—the 5 percent of the population that accounts for 50 percent of all health spending. Many have multiple, serious chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Some also have functional limitations that make it difficult to perform daily living activities. Others have behavioral health concerns that further complicate their care.
People with low income also experience our health system’s shortcomings more acutely. Disproportionately minority, this vulnerable population is more likely to lack health insurance and adequate social supports than more affluent Americans. Extensive research shows that people with socioeconomic disadvantages have greater difficulty obtaining health care, receive lower-quality care, and experience poorer health outcomes.
The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System Reform program believes rapid, meaningful change in well-being is possible for both groups. Moreover, we believe improvements in care for these patients can spur better performance across the entire health system.
- To promote needed change, the program supports efforts to:
- build an evidence base to better understand the needs of these two populations and to demonstrate the value of improving care for both
- identify and assess promising models, programs, and practices to improve care
- promote payment reform and policy improvements to facilitate delivery system reform.
Through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy, the program also develops the physician leadership needed to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.
SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Program Associate is the staff member responsible for providing program management for the Health Care Delivery System Reform program and reports directly to the Vice President for Delivery System Reform. The Program Associate will be expected to perform a variety of duties including writing, editing and research responsibilities as well as general program-wide coordination and management.
How to Apply:
Commensurate with background and experience. The Fund offers an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).
Candidates should send a resume/cv and cover letter, two writing samples which best demonstrate writing and analytical skills, transcripts from college and graduate school via e-mail to:
Vice President, Administration
The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021-2692