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National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.

Research Associate (Epidemiology

National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc.


Job Summary

Organizational Description:
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council is the premier national organization
working at the nexus of homelessness and health care. Since 1986, the Council has brought
together thousands of health care professionals, medical respite care providers, people with
lived experience of homelessness, and advocates. The Council’s 200+ Organizational
Members include Health Care for the Homeless programs, respite programs, housing, and
social service organizations across the country.
Grounded in human rights and social justice, the National Health Care for the Homeless
Council mission is to build an equitable, high-quality health care system through training,
research, and advocacy in the movement to end homelessness.

Job Summary:
The Research Associate works to support the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) field by developing and disseminating knowledge, increasing visibility of HCH-related research through publications and external collaborations, and improving the HCH field and community’s capacity for quality improvement and engagement in research. This position will focus on epidemiological methodologies and strategies in the Health Care for the Homeless and Medical Respite communities. The individual will be expected to inform and develop strategies for data collection and outcome measures and bring social context to datasets pertaining to persons experiencing homelessness. This position will also co-lead the Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) a network of HCH health centers to develop the infrastructures for a data warehouse and maintain data dashboards

Job Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities:
Programmatic (75%)

1. Coordinate and conduct epidemiological studies related to public health interventions and/ or delivery of health care

  • a. Identify and analyze public health issues and their impact on the health of persons experiencing homelessness
  • b. Evaluate data and provide results to provide insight and consultation services on projects to improve quality control, and increase data utilization by HCH health centers.
  • c. Evaluate, monitor and measure project outcomes

2. Coordinate with the Clinical and Quality Improvement team to support quality improvement projects using epidemiological methodologies

  • a. Ensure reliability and consistency of measures
  • b. Provide direction on how to interpret data considering method limitations, inadequacies, and inconsistencies in data collection for sound interpretations of the data and perform statistical interpretation for data related to epidemiological studies

3. Provide technical assistance related to scientific advice to health centers, public, private or non-profit health and/or health related agencies and organizations


  • a. Identify resources, promising practices, and consultation to individuals ororganizations requesting assistance with research or the interpretation of data?

4. Develop, coordinate, and disseminate health related educational and informational materials

  • a. Author reports, manuscripts, fact sheets using social science and epidemiological data and evidence with statistical and analytical soundness
  • b. Apply learnings to effective practice guidelines in coordination with other Council teams.

5. Support grant proposal writing through an epidemiological lens

6. Analyze primary and secondary data, such as Uniform Data System data collected by HCH health centers and other health centers participating in the Health Center Program.

7. Co-Lead the PBRN with Director of Implementation Research


  • a. Serve as a liaison between external research collaborators and the work of the Research team (partnering organizations, other National Training and Technical Assistance Partners, Primary Care Associations, etc)

8. Performs other duties as required.

National Institute for Medical Respite Care (25%)

1. Co-Lead the PBRN with Director of Implementation Research

  • a. Support Medical Respite and NIMRC data collection efforts and standardization in efforts to develop a data hub
  • b. Provide technical assistance to medical respite programs regarding outcome measure development, support medical respite and NIMRC efforts to standardize program evaluation


Education and Experience:
• Minimum Master’s degree in public health services research with an epidemiology focus; 3-5 years field experience PhD preferred.
• Preferred but not required: work experience in community-based clinical setting.

• Strong interpersonal and social skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate with a variety of organizations and individuals from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.
• Strong writing skills with a research background.
• Strong meeting planning and facilitation skills, including use of web-conferencing technologies.
• Ability to conduct thorough literature searches and summarize findings
• Comfort with using large datasets and databases.
• Clear understanding and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, management and analysis including use of statistical software such as SPSS.
• Capacity and willingness to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly; flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they
• Intermediate knowledge of program evaluation and outcomes measurement.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and database software, Outlook, Teams, Excel, Access etc.
• Proficient in data collections tools, REDCap, survey monkey, Google forms
• Proficient with web-based learning platform(s) such as Adobe Connect, Webex, Zoom, Google docs, Google sheets, Google Drive, etc.
Personal Characteristics:
• Enthusiasm for research.
• High degree of personal organization.
• Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
• Commitment to a collaborative team approach to organizational tasks.
• Multi-task oriented with the ability to adapt to a changing work environment.
• Understanding of inclusivity among social issues related to justice; familiarity with issues of homelessness and poverty.
• Comfort and ability to work effectively with people from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
• Ability to convey a strong presence, professional image, and deal confidently with complex technical and workflow situations.
• Commitment to a collaborative team approach to organizational tasks.
• Availability for limited national travel.

Additional Information


Additional Information:
Salary range: $65,000 – $80,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package

How to Apply

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Alaina Boyer, Director of
Research, at Applications without cover letters will not be
considered. No phone calls, please.


  • Date Posted: June 28, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Salary Range: $65,000 - $80,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk