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2/18/2016
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Department of Research & Evaluation Master's Level Intern - Diabetes SEARCH Study 1
Kaiser Permanente | Pasadena, California
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Job Description

This position provides analytical support to a project or department. Under the guidance of a Project Manager/Director, responsible for collecting and researching data, performing analysis, providing recommendations and presenting results.

Department Overview:
Research is an essential part of what it means to be a learning organization. At Kaiser Permanente, research helps us learn what we need to do to provide better care for our members and promote better health in the community.
 
Scientists, clinicians, and health care professionals work side-by-side to ask and answer questions that make a difference in health today. When we find answers, we translate them into practice. The impact of our work goes beyond conference presentations and scholarly publications. It changes clinical practice, transforms care delivery, and improves health.

Intern Project Summary:
The Research Scientist offering this internship has a research program in diabetes in children and young adults, gestational diabetes, and maternal and child health. The intern will have the opportunity to work on activities related to the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort and Registry Study (www.searchfordiabetes.org) in collaboration with the Research Scientist, Project Manager and other research staff to gain experience in primary data collection as well as the use of electronic medical records and geographic mapping software for research.  The intern may to travel to Kaiser Permanente Southern California clinics to assist in collecting SEARCH study data. 
 
Major tasks will include:
-Working under the direction of the Project Manager and in collaboration with a Programmer/Database Analyst, you will link diabetes incidence data with environmental exposure data using ARC GIS mapping software.

-Working under the direction of the Research Scientist/PI, you will review literature related to environmental exposure and diabetes.

-Working in collaboration with the Research Scientist/PI, you will write a manuscript proposal and communicate the results of your analysis in manuscript format.

-Other opportunities based on the interests and experiences of the selected candidate.
Essential Functions:
Responsible for contributing high level analytical support to a project or department requiring application of knowledge in marketing, information management, finance, management, economics or statistics.
This position contributes to a full range of project components.
Assigned to at least one (1) project and expected to produce results and report out as a member of a project team.
Organizes assigned project tasks, identifies and structures information collection activities and sets time lines for completion of required tasks as directed.
Develops tools to identify and to document best practices.
Prepares various Excel, Word or PowerPoint reports and works with Access database software (or similar tool) to develop data extracts and management information reports.
May be asked to produce graphic information using Excel or PowerPoint or similar software.
Contributes to development of management information and analysis conducted, provides recommendations and assists with preparation of formal presentations to communicate results to various management levels.
Identifies alternative solutions to project issues.
Contributes to development project plans to ensure timely deliverables and successful completion of project and demonstrates an understanding of various business intersections.
Assists with identification and development of training information.
Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis.
At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to revaluate and change job descriptions or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status.
Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.
This position provides analytical support to a project or department. Under the guidance of a Project Manager/Director, responsible for collecting and researching data, performing analysis, providing recommendations and presenting results.

Department Overview:
Research is an essential part of what it means to be a learning organization. At Kaiser Permanente, research helps us learn what we need to do to provide better care for our members and promote better health in the community.
 
Scientists, clinicians, and health care professionals work side-by-side to ask and answer questions that make a difference in health today. When we find answers, we translate them into practice. The impact of our work goes beyond conference presentations and scholarly publications. It changes clinical practice, transforms care delivery, and improves health.

Intern Project Summary:
The Research Scientist offering this internship has a research program in diabetes in children and young adults, gestational diabetes, and maternal and child health. The intern will have the opportunity to work on activities related to the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort and Registry Study (www.searchfordiabetes.org) in collaboration with the Research Scientist, Project Manager and other research staff to gain experience in primary data collection as well as the use of electronic medical records and geographic mapping software for research.  The intern may to travel to Kaiser Permanente Southern California clinics to assist in collecting SEARCH study data. 
 
Major tasks will include:
-Working under the direction of the Project Manager and in collaboration with a Programmer/Database Analyst, you will link diabetes incidence data with environmental exposure data using ARC GIS mapping software.

-Working under the direction of the Research Scientist/PI, you will review literature related to environmental exposure and diabetes.

-Working in collaboration with the Research Scientist/PI, you will write a manuscript proposal and communicate the results of your analysis in manuscript format.

-Other opportunities based on the interests and experiences of the selected candidate.
Essential Functions:
Responsible for contributing high level analytical support to a project or department requiring application of knowledge in marketing, information management, finance, management, economics or statistics.
This position contributes to a full range of project components.
Assigned to at least one (1) project and expected to produce results and report out as a member of a project team.
Organizes assigned project tasks, identifies and structures information collection activities and sets time lines for completion of required tasks as directed.
Develops tools to identify and to document best practices.
Prepares various Excel, Word or PowerPoint reports and works with Access database software (or similar tool) to develop data extracts and management information reports.
May be asked to produce graphic information using Excel or PowerPoint or similar software.
Contributes to development of management information and analysis conducted, provides recommendations and assists with preparation of formal presentations to communicate results to various management levels.
Identifies alternative solutions to project issues.
Contributes to development project plans to ensure timely deliverables and successful completion of project and demonstrates an understanding of various business intersections.
Assists with identification and development of training information.
Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis.
At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to revaluate and change job descriptions or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status.
Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
N/A
Education
Bachelor's degree required, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
Enrolled in or recent graduate of a MBA or other Master's level program with an accredited college or university.
License, Certification, Registration
N/A

Additional Requirements:
Solid analytical skills, problem solving, project management and critical thinking.
Strong project management skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to utilize at a working level Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access.
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Pursuing a masters degree in Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or related
Interest in health services research
Interest and/or experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods
Interested in learning about health-related research including design, implementation, data collection and manuscript development.
Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Attention to detail and timelines
Maintain confidentiality with research participants and their data
Interest in racial and ethnic identity and development in relation to health and social behaviors
Knowledge of SQL or SAS highly desirable.
Basic Qualifications:
Experience
N/A
Education
Bachelor's degree required, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
Enrolled in or recent graduate of a MBA or other Master's level program with an accredited college or university.
License, Certification, Registration
N/A

Additional Requirements:
Solid analytical skills, problem solving, project management and critical thinking.
Strong project management skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to utilize at a working level Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access.
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Pursuing a masters degree in Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or related
Interest in health services research
Interest and/or experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods
Interested in learning about health-related research including design, implementation, data collection and manuscript development.
Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Attention to detail and timelines
Maintain confidentiality with research participants and their data
Interest in racial and ethnic identity and development in relation to health and social behaviors
Knowledge of SQL or SAS highly desirable.

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.