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12 Feb 2024

Full-Time Medicaid Children’s Senior Research Analyst

Oregon Health Authority – Posted by Oregon Health Authority Remote

Job Description

The Oregon Health Authority has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Medicaid Children’s Senior Research Analyst with an excellent team. This is a full-time, permanent, managerial position with Health Policy and Analytics.

What you will do!

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic & Treatment (EPSDT) is a federally mandated Medicaid program which covers more than one-third of Oregon Health Plan members (over 500,000 children and youth under age 21). Starting in 2025, the program will begin to extend EPSDT benefits to young adults with special health care needs (YSHCN) up to 26 years of age, as well as provide certain benefits to youth while incarcerated. This position will work as a member of the EPSDT team and collaborate closely with Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Medicaid and quality assurance teams.

The primary purpose of this position is to plan and conduct complex research and evaluation projects related to children and young adults in the Oregon Health Plan and synthesize and present findings to inform team lead, senior leadership, and federal and state partners such as the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, agency partners, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The person in this position will scope and oversee data collection and analysis, working with research analysts in the Health Policy and Analytics Division and EPSDT team members. This includes tracking EPSDT billing claims and denials, stratified by Race, Ethnicity, Language and Disability (REALD) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) indicators to ensure there are no inequities in access and outcomes. Additionally, the position would monitor against national trends, as well as state trends outside of the Medicaid program, and prepare technical reports in partnership with EPSDT program staff to further inform program rollout and improvements.

The work of this position will support policy decision-making and strategic planning efforts. This includes data analysis for assessment, prioritization, and monitoring of health priorities.

Duties also include, but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with the EPSDT Lead Project Manager, and Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Policy Analyst, and under the leadership of the EPSDT Team Lead to design an EPSDT evaluation and monitoring plan focused on equitable access to care.
  • Working closely with research analysts and policy analysts from across OHA to identify existing data and data needs to facilitate evaluation of the EPSDT program with a focus on equitable access to care.
  • Planning and managing complex analytical and statistical research projects using quantitative and qualitative data to inform policymakers regarding OHP child health benefits (EPSDT).
  • Study and analysis of tables, graphs, charts, and other statistics to arrive at conclusions about the data and developing accessible data products and communications regarding the data analysis.
  • Summarizing research findings and preparing summary tables, graphs, and charts for publications and articles; preparing and delivering presentations to colleagues, leadership, and external partners.

This position works closely with research and program staff in the Health Policy & Analytics Division and Health Systems Division, as well as other divisions including Equity and Inclusion and Public Health.

Issues and recommendations within the purview of this role will be high profile and potentially controversial to the affected health care constituents, state agencies, and Governor’s office. The scope of details to consider is numerous and often unidentified, requiring an ability to clarify and prioritize tasks to effectively navigate a challenging and fast-paced work environment with a broad array of partners.

The position requires strong analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as the poise and professionalism to work directly with partners, present information and defend findings and recommendations.

Work Location: Optional 100% remote, 100% in-person or hybrid options are available, with office space in Salem or Portland.

What’s in it for you?

We offer a workplace that balances productivity with enjoyment; promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, dedication, and enthusiasm. You will collaborate in an open office and/or work remotely with a team a team of bright individuals who work in remote locations. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and eleven paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you’re driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, the Oregon Health Authority is the place for you.

Salary range for this position is $6,257 – $9,226 USD Monthly

What we are looking for:

A bachelor’s degree in any disciplines that included six-quarter units in statistics or quantitative analysis methods and procedures, and three years’ experience using computerized applications to independently gather, compile, and analyze data and prepare narrative or statistical reports. Two of the three years must have included coordinating complex research projects.


Five years of research experience using computerized applications to independently gather, compile, and analyze data and prepare narrative or statistical reports. Two of the five years must have included coordinating complex research projects.

Desired Attributes:

  • Experience in advancing health equity, addressing systemic health inequities and collaborating with diverse communities most harmed by social injustice and health inequities.
  • Experience applying principles related to health equity in research, data collection, data analysis and communication, including principles of data justice.
  • Experience and knowledge of Medicaid and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program, including medical billing, coding, and terminology.
  • Experience and knowledge of maternal and child health focused data sources
  • Experience with data management and statistical software, such as SPSS, SAS, Business Objects and/or ArcGIS.
  • Experience with report and dashboard development software tools like Tableau and Microsoft PowerBI.
  • Experience with Data Visualization techniques.
  • Ability to navigate complex data systems and analyze large data sets, including the state’s Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), and provider survey data.
  • Knowledge and experience in survey design, research design, data management and analysis, report writing, and data presentation.
  • Experience in producing written reports, executive summaries, and fact sheets for a variety of audiences including accessible products for members of the public.
  • Experience with health survey research, health outcomes research, health care delivery systems research, or experience using health care expenditure, utilization, and quality assurance data.
  • Expertise using a wide variety of research and evaluation methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
  • Experience working with data aggregation vendors, various committees, and representatives of CCOs, health plans, and other external partners.
  • Ability to work across Oregon Health Authority programs and with external stakeholders to ensure accurate and clear data are gathered and reported that will guide standards for reporting for Oregon and the United States federal government.
  • Extensive knowledge of computer query and reporting tools and database design.
  • Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.


The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

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How to Apply

Complete the online application at oregonjobs.org using job number REQ-147849   Application Deadline: 02/22/2024

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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