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Posted:
2/29/2016
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Kaiser Permanente | Portland, Oregon
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Job Description

Lay the groundwork for a dynamic future with an industry leader. At Kaiser Permanente, you'll forge lasting relationships with colleagues across the organization while enjoying the opportunity to grow your experience and hone your expertise on assignments that have real impact. Our interns have worked on everything from analyzing financial software and developing new marketing strategies, to designing mobile apps and helping clinicians improve care delivery. We want you to get the most out of your time here and will give you projects that challenge you to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply.

 

Essential Functions:
Contributing to a designated project or initiative to meet a KP business objective.
Report development and analytics.
Project management - planning, execution, and measurement.
Learning new applications needed to complete assignments or support the execution of business objectives.
Job shadowing in other functional areas.
Performing additional duties as required.


Department Overview:

KPs Utility for Care Data Analysis (UCDA) was created in 2005 to ensure that analysts and researchers throughout KP are able to fully realize the analytical potential of KP HealthConnect (KPHC) and other KP enterprise-level information systems to further KPs mission - improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. We accomplish this by:   Identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent analysts and researchers from effectively using data from KPHC and KP's other enterprise-level information systems   Supporting collaboration among analysts and researchers within and across KP Regions   Consolidating information and expertise to anticipate KP's future analytical requirements   Partnering with KP-IT to ensure that KPs information systems will support those requirements   Conducting interregional reporting and analysis as requested by both Medical Group and Health Plan leadership  


Intern Project Summary:

This role could include the one or more of the following activities.   Prototype open source technology and data sources to complement existing data sources.   Analyze large geospatial datasets such as census, transit, consumer behavior, and business locations to understand geographic variation in health outcomes and preventive care and measure changes.   Communicate analysis results through static maps and interactive web maps, visualizations, and information design.   Gather requirements and proving technical assistance for ad-hoc mapping projects.   Update training materials to support understanding of geospatial capabilities within Kaiser Permanente.  


Desired Skill Set:

  Currently pursuing a degree in GIS, geography, urban and regional planning, social sciences or computer science; 3.0 GPA or above   Practical experience and/or coursework in GIS applications for population-based reporting and analysis   High comfort level with technology and experience with technical aspects of spatial data management   Effective verbal and written communication skills   Analytical and detail oriented    Competencies   Knowledge of ArcGIS applications, including ArcGIS Server web APIs, ArcGIS Online/Portal for ArcGIS, and ModelBuilder/Geoprocessing for data management and spatial analytics   Demonstrated cartographic skills   Light coding skills (e.g., Python, JavaScript)   Experience in analytical environments such as SAS, SPSS, or R.   Experience with other data visualization packages (e.g., Tableau)   Experience with open source GIS tools and data sources   Proven technical research, writing, and editing skills to generate project summaries, draft documents, conduct topic specific research  

Lay the groundwork for a dynamic future with an industry leader. At Kaiser Permanente, you'll forge lasting relationships with colleagues across the organization while enjoying the opportunity to grow your experience and hone your expertise on assignments that have real impact. Our interns have worked on everything from analyzing financial software and developing new marketing strategies, to designing mobile apps and helping clinicians improve care delivery. We want you to get the most out of your time here and will give you projects that challenge you to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply.

 

Essential Functions:
Contributing to a designated project or initiative to meet a KP business objective.
Report development and analytics.
Project management - planning, execution, and measurement.
Learning new applications needed to complete assignments or support the execution of business objectives.
Job shadowing in other functional areas.
Performing additional duties as required.


Department Overview:

KPs Utility for Care Data Analysis (UCDA) was created in 2005 to ensure that analysts and researchers throughout KP are able to fully realize the analytical potential of KP HealthConnect (KPHC) and other KP enterprise-level information systems to further KPs mission - improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. We accomplish this by:   Identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent analysts and researchers from effectively using data from KPHC and KP's other enterprise-level information systems   Supporting collaboration among analysts and researchers within and across KP Regions   Consolidating information and expertise to anticipate KP's future analytical requirements   Partnering with KP-IT to ensure that KPs information systems will support those requirements   Conducting interregional reporting and analysis as requested by both Medical Group and Health Plan leadership  


Intern Project Summary:

This role could include the one or more of the following activities.   Prototype open source technology and data sources to complement existing data sources.   Analyze large geospatial datasets such as census, transit, consumer behavior, and business locations to understand geographic variation in health outcomes and preventive care and measure changes.   Communicate analysis results through static maps and interactive web maps, visualizations, and information design.   Gather requirements and proving technical assistance for ad-hoc mapping projects.   Update training materials to support understanding of geospatial capabilities within Kaiser Permanente.  


Desired Skill Set:

  Currently pursuing a degree in GIS, geography, urban and regional planning, social sciences or computer science; 3.0 GPA or above   Practical experience and/or coursework in GIS applications for population-based reporting and analysis   High comfort level with technology and experience with technical aspects of spatial data management   Effective verbal and written communication skills   Analytical and detail oriented    Competencies   Knowledge of ArcGIS applications, including ArcGIS Server web APIs, ArcGIS Online/Portal for ArcGIS, and ModelBuilder/Geoprocessing for data management and spatial analytics   Demonstrated cartographic skills   Light coding skills (e.g., Python, JavaScript)   Experience in analytical environments such as SAS, SPSS, or R.   Experience with other data visualization packages (e.g., Tableau)   Experience with open source GIS tools and data sources   Proven technical research, writing, and editing skills to generate project summaries, draft documents, conduct topic specific research  

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
N/A
Education
Pursuing a bachelor's degree in GIS or related field or have graduated from an accredited university within the last year.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
N/A
 
Additional Requirements:
Aptitude to perform data and process analytics and formulating solutions
Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
 

Preferred Qualifications:
3.0 GPA or above.
Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
Proven ability to build effective working relationships as well as strong interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to learn quickly and experience producing high quality work in short periods of time.

Basic Qualifications:
Experience
N/A
Education
Pursuing a bachelor's degree in GIS or related field or have graduated from an accredited university within the last year.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
N/A
 
Additional Requirements:
Aptitude to perform data and process analytics and formulating solutions
Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
 

Preferred Qualifications:
3.0 GPA or above.
Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
Proven ability to build effective working relationships as well as strong interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to learn quickly and experience producing high quality work in short periods of time.

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.