Senior Elder Care Researcher
Altarum Institute - Washington, DC

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Altarum Institute, a non-profit health systems research organization, is seeking a Senior Researcher to support ongoing projects at our Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) in Washington, DC. The Center, which is led by Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS, has this mission: To help the United States achieve social arrangements that ensure that, when we must live with serious chronic illnesses associated with advancing age, we can count on living meaningfully and comfortably, at a sustainable cost to our families and society. This ambitious agenda requires that our work includes research, demonstrations, public information, and coalition formation, and that we help many partners to succeed.

  • Conducting research that explores key issues and best practices in service delivery models, including costs and value and the preferences of groups and individuals who are living through the last phase of life.
  • Using research findings to promote and inform public perspectives on specific, innovative approaches to improving systems and services and addressing cost.
  • Assisting in the design and implementation of demonstration projects in communities nationwide, with a particular focus on optimizing care transitions and continuity of care for the frail elderly who move within the care system.
  • Advocating in the policy arena to inform and guide leaders as they shape policies that will affect this time of life.
  • Assisting in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data on issues pertaining to the care of elderly.
  • Supporting the development of articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Incorporating results of statistical and other analyses into written documentation and presentations utilizing Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Conducting library and internet research for literature reviews and white papers.
  • MS/MPH; PhD or terminal clinical degree is quite desirable
  • Experience in biostatistics and/or data analysis required. Candidates should be proficient in various analytical tools, including SAS, SPSS, or Stata, and Excel. Familiarity with control charts and Shewhart statistics, and familiarity with major qualitative research methods is desirable.
  • Familiarity with coaching quality improvement and/or population health monitoring
  • A background in economics, systems engineering, health services research, public health or related area.
  • A desire to work in strategic ways to achieve good care at sustainable cost for frail elders.
  • Proficient with Microsoft suite of products.
  • Candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to report progress to clients and senior management. Must have good listening skills, including the ability to work with complex groups seeking to pursue improvement. Must be able to work well under pressure and self manage.
Altarum Institute integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care. A nonprofit, Altarum Institute serves clients in the public and private sectors.

Altarum's dynamic work environment emphasizes integrity, personal commitment, and teamwork. In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (5% employer contribution), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us.

Altarum is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V.

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Altarum Institute is a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization. Altarum integrates independent research and...