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Maternal Health Research Assistant- Part-Time

Center For Health Information And Analysis
Boston, MA
  • Posted: January 19, 2023
  • $25 to $35 Hourly
  • Contractor

An independent state agency, the Betsy Lehman Center is charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis, and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that will reduce medical error and enhance patient safety in the Commonwealth. The Center was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation, and is supported by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).  

The Betsy Lehman Center is seeking a maternal health research assistant to fill this part-time (20 – 25 hours/week) contract position reporting to the Center’s Director of Research. While much of the work can be done remotely, the successful candidate will be available to attend onsite meetings 1 – 2 times/month in the Center’s office at 501 Boylston Street, Boston. Hourly rate is commensurate with experience, between $25 and $35/hour. 

The research assistant will work on data and data-related projects pertaining to maternal health and patient safety in Massachusetts. The ideal candidate will be goal-oriented, creative, and a fast learner; will enjoy working in a collaborative team environment; and will be excited by the prospect of building foundational data sets and reports from the ground up.  

Specifically, the research assistant will:  

+ + Collect, construct, and analyze data pertaining to patient safety, such as reported adverse events in medical claims and survey data  

+ Utilize appropriate software, including Excel, SAS, REDCaP, Tableau and other analytic software (SQL, STATA, R, or Access), as needed

+ Perform more complex multivariate analyses such as linear and logistic regression  

+ Create clear and concise graphics, including charts and tables, to visually represent data and communicate inferences to diverse audiences  

+ + Help develop and maintain surveys and data repositories to manage, organize, and track multiple datasets for research and quality improvement projects   

+ Provide technical assistance to organizations that submit data to the Center’s repository

+ Ensure adherence to all relevant standards for secure use of data including documentation and storage  

+ Interpret data accurately and produce clear and comprehensive written analyses, graphics, tables, and presentations for diverse internal and external audiences, including peer-reviewed journals  

+ Under supervision, plan, organize, and prioritize assigned projects, creating and managing work plans that reflect the tasks, time frames, and processes required to successfully complete each  

+ Represent the Center at external meetings when necessary  

+ Facilitate clear communication between the Center’s research staff and external partners

+ Schedule and organize meetings and maintain agenda

+ + Assist the Center’s Director of Research with other tasks as necessary  

Preferred qualifications:  

+ + Experience utilizing SAS and/or SQL to extract, cleanse, link, and integrate health care data from various platforms and large data sets, with demonstrable proficiency in writing maintainable, supportable, and well-documented code  

+ Experience interpreting and analyzing health care utilization, access, quality, performance, patient safety, and/or survey data to produce clear and comprehensive written analyses for distribution to diverse internal and external groups  

+ Experience with implementing and using data quality processes, including the demonstrated ability to assess accuracy of output at a report level and to investigate potential issues at a more granular level  

+ + Proficiency in producing graphs, tables, reports and presentations using Excel, PowerPoint, Word and/or Tableau  

+ General understanding of patient safety, health care policy, financing, and delivery systems in Massachusetts  

+ Ability to communicate clearly and effectively—both orally and in writing—with others internal and external to an organization  

+ Strong judgment and discretion; ability to strictly adhere to relevant policies governing confidential data  

+ Experience working on multiple projects while successfully meeting deadlines  

+ + Experience working collaboratively, as well as independently, with multidisciplinary teams  

Minimum Entrance Requirements:  

Applicants must have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in public health policy or administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal & child health, health care planning or administration, human services policy analysis or administration, the major duties of which included analysis of patient safety and/or outcome data, quality and cost and/or the development, implementation and monitoring of patient safety, quality and/or outcome systems.  


I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in public health or health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal & child health, health care administration, hospital administration, public policy, public administration, or similar degree may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required experience.*  

II. A graduate degree with a major in public health or health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, maternal & child health, health care administration, hospital administration, public policy, public administration, or a similar degree may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required experience.*  

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.  

At CHIA, we are committed to earning a reputation as a great place to work and build a career. So if you’re excited to be part of a diverse and innovative team responsible for identifying opportunities to improve health care in Massachusetts, come join us! To apply and for more information visit:

CHIA is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Tonya Bourassa 617-701-8127.

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In compliance with federal laws, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

CHIA has adopted Executive Order #595: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Executive Department Employees

As a condition of employment, successful candidates will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or boosters prior to the finalization of the hiring process. Details relating to complying with this requirement will be provided to finalists.

Finalists who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for a reasonable accommodation.

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