Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Research Assistant for Health Through Action at APIAHF

Research Assistant, Health Through Action

Organizational Description The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. APIAHF has five policy priorities: expand access to healthcare, improve quality of healthcare, ensure a diverse and culturally competent healthcare workforce, increase data and research, and increase investment in community-based health programs. Founded in 1986, APIAHF advocates on health/healthcare challenges of these communities, provides technical assistance and training towards capacity development, provide health and U.S. Census data analysis and information dissemination, and convene regional and national conferences.

The Research Assistantship program is part of the APIAHF policy priority to support pipeline and workforce diversity. The strategy mentors individuals and builds their capacity to develop data, research, policy, and/or advocacy initiatives and strategies that address Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Most importantly, the program will result in the development of a cadre of young people who will exercise leadership in the field of data, research, policy, and/or advocacy related to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. To ensure ongoing capacity building, APIAHF staff will meet and engage in communication with the Research Assistants on a regular basis (at least semi-annual) through listservs, online groups, luncheons, etc. after end of Research Assistantship.Research Assistants will be selected from a wide range of disciplines including public health, social works, health services, social sciences, etc.

Title: Research Assistant, Health Through Action
Hours: 20-37.5 hours per week (now through September 2009)
Reports to: Community Capacity
Program Director Location: 450 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Salary: $15-$18/hour

Job Summary The Research Assistant will review literature and data, and write articles and other products that will be used to raise visibility of the health issues of these communities with researchers, funders, and policymakers at national, state, and local levels. The Research Assistant will work directly with an evaluation researcher and health economist. This Research Assistantship is also a great opportunity to network with APIAHF’s partner organizations across the country.Duties and Responsibilities Review literature and data, especially related to health services and health economics.Develop and produce print and electronic documents (at least one journal article, fact sheets, briefs, data charts, etc.).Data coding, entry, and analysis. Participate in related meetings, events, and other functions.Network with APIAHF staff and APIAHF’s partner organizations across the country.Perform other duties as assigned (e.g. photocopying, mailings, administrative work).

Required Qualifications
Graduate (Master’s - 2nd year; PhD – any level) in public health, social work, social sciences, health services, or related fields;
Proficiency in conducting literature and data review;
Proficiency with general personal computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, and internet applications in a Windows environment;
Proficiency in manipulating spreadsheets and databases (e.g. Excel, Access, etc.);
Proficiency in analyzing data, especially quantitative data (using Excel, SPSS, STATA, SAS, etc.);
Ability to work independently.

Desired Qualifications
Good writing skills;
Ability to analyze qualitative data (e.g. using EpiInfo, etc.);
Experience, knowledge, and/or desire to gain experience in data, research, policy, and advocacy issues of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

If interested, please send cover letter and resume (email preferred) to:
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Attn: HR – HTA Research Assistant
450 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
Email: hr@apiahf.org
Fax: 415-954-9999

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