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  • Job Opening: Research Analyst/Data Scientist

    11/2016

    Do you want to help promote transparency and clearer choices in health care? Come work on a team that’s making it happen! HSRI is a nonprofit that’s been researching, evaluating, and improving the quality and capacity of public health and social service systems for 40 years. And we’re looking for a full-time Research Analyst to be part of our health care research team—an innovative, expanding team within our organization. 

    You’ll use big data to identify health care trends and costs for states and communities. You’ll also review data for outliers and inconsistencies, provide context through literature searches and reference to industry standards, and help create dynamic data visualizations and reports.

    Our ideal candidate communicates well both in person and in writing; manages work across projects with multiple timelines; develops and maintains positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, and funders; and listens and contributes to a sharing of diverse perspectives. Interest in the health care and public health field and working with insurance claims data is essential.

    Responsibilities:

    • Conduct health care claims data analysis for states and communities
    • Create data visualizations to highlight trends, identify disparities, and call attention to cost savings
    • Perform routine and ad hoc data quality and assurance checks

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • BA/BS in a business, public health, economics, or social science discipline with an emphasis in statistics and at least three years of professional experience in quantitative research (or a master’s degree plus one year of experience)
    • Experience analyzing commercial, Medicare and/or Medicaid medical, dental, and/or behavioral health claims
    • Intermediate to advanced SQL and SAS programming skills
    • Experience using business intelligence tools such as Tableau or Spotfire
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Attention to detail and strong commitment to high-quality work
    • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and technical communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Intermediate to advanced expertise with data visualization software such as Tableau, Spotfire, ArcGIS, Microsoft BI, or a similar program

    HSRI is an equal opportunity employer, and complies with the ADA and applicable state laws intended to protect those with disabilities.  Our offices are accessible by public transportation and accessible to people with disabilities. 

    Please email your cover letter and resume/CV to jobs@hsri.org, with Research Analyst in the subject line. Or send your materials to:

    Human Services Research Institute

    2336 Massachusetts Ave.

    Cambridge, MA 02140

    No phone calls please; email contact only.

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  • HSRI Presentation from the National Association of Health Data Organizations Conference - October 2016

    11/2016

    Members of our Health Data team attended last week's National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) conference in Minneapolis, and Research Associate Leanne Candura presented findings from the team's comprehensive review of consumer-facing healthcare transparency websites for the Vermont legislature last year.

    Click on the link below to view the presentation.

    HSRI_Delivering_Health_Info_to_Consumers.pdf

     

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  • Delaware Leadership Institute, Winter 2017 - Applications Now Being Accepted

    12/2016

    Applications for the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities - to be held January 22-27 - will be accepted through November 18. This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

    The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Institute participants come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports.

    Participants will learn the skills needed to...

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  • HSRI Newsletter - September 2016

    09/2016

    The HSRI Newsletter - September 2016 was released this week. Topics include:

    • Self-Advocates Speak About Support Staff - A New Brief From The Riot!
    • NCI Membership Grows
    • Celebrating Gini Mulkern 
    • HSRI Staff Co-Author Chapter on QOL Outcome Measures
    • NCI-AD Website Launched, First Report Released
    • New Members of the HSRI Team
    • AAIDD 2016 Presentations

    You can find an online copy of the newsletter here: http://www.hsri.org/newsletter/20160901/

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  • HSRI Researchers Publish on the Promise of Self-Direction - International Perspectives

    08/2016

    HSRI Research Associates Bevin Croft and Ben Cichocki are part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded team examining self-direction in mental health.  Last year, the team brought together experts in self-direction and mental health from around the globe for a two-day, in-person ‘learning exchange’ as part of the 2015 International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership meetings. All told, 45 participants, representing seven countries, attended the meeting—sharing best practices, discussing challenges, and laying the groundwork for a learning community related to this growing practice. Participants included government officials, researchers, policy experts, and administrators; and many—approximately one-fifth—self-identified as having lived experience of the mental health system.

    You can now read their description of the learning exchange; it’s available online ahead of print as “Open Forum: The Emergence of Mental Health Self-Direction – An International Learning Exchange” in the journal Psychiatric Services.

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  • Celebrating 35 years and a major move for HSRI Executive Vice President Gini Mulkern

    07/2016

    HSRI staff, partners, clients, and friends gathered in Cambridge recently to celebrate Executive Vice President Gini Mulkern’s 35-year anniversary with HSRI and to give her a proper send-off before her move to North Carolina. (Fortunately for us, though, she’ll remain a member of our executive team.)

    Enumerating Gini’s many contributions, HSRI President Val Bradley said “Gini has helped to put HSRI and our behavioral health and substance use teams on the map. Her work on the Uniform Client Data Instrument produced a milestone in our understanding of homelessness – work she has continued to this day. She and I worked on an NIMH publication on citizen evaluation which is still relevant today.”

    Val Bradley and Gini Mulkern

    HSRI President Val Bradley and Executive Vice President Gini Mulkern

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  • Job Opening: Health Data Research Assistant

    06/2016

    Do you want to help promote transparency and clearer choices in health care? Come work on a research and consulting team that is making it happen. HSRI is a nonprofit that has been researching, evaluating, and improving the quality and capacity of public health and social services for nearly 40 years, and we’re looking for someone with a passion for data who wants to be part of an innovative, expanding team within our organization. 

    We’re seeking a full-time Research Assistant to support a team of researchers working on public health-related research and program evaluation projects. Gain experience using big data to identify trends and costs in the health care field by reviewing data for outliers and inconsistencies, contextualizing information through literature searches and popular press reviews, and helping to create dynamic data visualizations and reports. Interest in the field of health and insurance data as well as public health and health care policy is vital.

    We’re looking for someone who enjoys working as part of a team.  We want someone who communicates well both in person and in writing; develops and maintains positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, and funders; and listens and contributes to a sharing of diverse perspectives.

    Responsibilities:

    ·       Assist with health data reporting

    ·       Examine data for outliers

    ·       Conduct literature searches and reviews current events in the health field

    ·       Perform proofreading and fact checking

    ·       Assist with editing and formatting of data visualizations and supporting documents

    Minimum Qualifications:

    ·       BA/BS in a business, public health, economics, or social science discipline

    ·       One undergrad course in statistics or one year of professional experience with statistics

    ·       Familiarity with creating formulas in Excel or Access

    ·       Excellent writing skills

    ·       Strong organizational skills

    ·       Great communication skills

    ·       Experience conducting literature searches

    ·       Attention to detail and strong commitment to high-quality work

    ·       Ability to work independently and as part of a team

    ·       Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    Desired Qualifications:

    ·       Familiarity with data visualization software such as Tableau, ArcGIS, Microsoft BI or another similar program

    ·       Knowledge of syntax used in R, Stata, SPSS or SAS

    ·       At least one year of experience working in a research or office environment, either full or part time.

    Please email your cover letter and resume/CV to hsrijobs@gmail.com, with Research Assistant in the subject line. Or send your materials to:

    Human Services Research Institute

    2336 Massachusetts Ave.

    Cambridge, MA 02140

    No phone calls please; email contact only.

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  • Reinventing Quality 2016

    06/2016

    Registration is now open for the Reinventing Quality 2016 Conference, which takes place in Baltimore July 31 - August 2! 

    Topics for the 2016 conference include:

    • Federal and State Initiatives
    • Managed Care
    • Creating and Managing a Culture of Quality
    • Housing and Overall Support Strategies
    • Building Inclusive Communities
    • Person-Centered Practice
    • Direct Support Workforce
    • Expanding Self-Direction Opportunities
    • Families
    • Employment
    • Rights & Decision Making
    • Technology
    • Transition Issues
    • Behavioral Health Supports
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Cultural Competency

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  • HSRI Presentations from AAIDD Annual Meeting 2016

    06/2016

    HSRI staff presented on a variety of topics at the recent AAIDD 2016 Annual Meeting. Click on the links below to view the presentations.

    HSRI staff and partners also presented on a number of subjects related to Supported Decision-Making:

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  • NASUAD & HSRI Release NCI-AD Report and Launch New Website

    06/2016

    HSRI and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities recently released the results from the first deployment of the National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities adult consumer survey, an important new tool for the aging and physical disabilities field. NCI-AD™ survey data is collected through in-person interviews with older adults and adults with physical disabilities accessing publicly funded services. The project’s primary aim is to provide valid and reliable data to give states a broad view of how their publicly funded long-term services and supports impact the quality of life and outcomes of service participants. Importantly, it helps address long-recognized gaps in assessing outcomes that go beyond health and safety to include important social, community, and person-centered goals.  Some examples include having transportation to go into the community, having privacy, feeling in control of one’s life, being able to see or have contact with friends and family, desiring employment, being able to choose what services are received and at what frequency, and who provides those services.

    While 13 states are participating in the NCI-AD survey in 2016, six of the states – Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, and North Carolina – opted for a rapid-cycle survey period in order to receive their results more quickly. A report with data from all 13 states – including Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas – will be released in winter 2017.

    Data for the project are gathered through yearly in-person consumer surveys administered by state agencies to a sample of at least 400 individuals, which includes older adults and adults with physical disabilities – including those with acquired or traumatic brain injury – accessing publicly funded services through Medicaid (both HCBS waiver and state plan services as well as nursing facilities), state-funded programs, and Older Americans Act programs. The survey measures consumer outcomes in the following domains: community participation, rights and respect, choice and decision making, health care, relationships, medications, satisfaction, safety and wellness, service and care coordination, everyday living and affordability, access, planning for the future, self-direction of care, control, and work/employment.

    “Our members have been searching for a tool like this for a long time,” said Martha Roherty, NASUAD Executive Director. “We commend them for taking the initiative to measure and improve the quality of life of seniors and adults with physical disabilities they serve across their LTSS system.”

    View the full report here.

    HSRI and NASUAD also launched a new website dedicated to the NCI-AD project. NCI-AD.org is a repository of information, reports and data about the NCI-AD project, and includes profiles of each participating state, overview materials and published reports. State data will be published on the site as well.

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  • Presentation: Supporting Individuals to Have Full and Meaningful Lives as Members of Their Communities

    05/2016

    On May 25, HSRI President Valerie Bradley presented to a forum of Massachusetts parents and advocates. In addition to highlighting national trends that impact the support needs of families, she also spoke about reforms in family support and shared NCI family survey data related to the circumstances of families receiving state services. 

    Val highlighted several trends in the DD field that have an impact on families. These trends include Supported Decision Making, the new HCBS rule, Olmstead and the ADA, and Self-Directed Supports options. She also discussed the challenges faced by families with aging caregivers and the needs of families with transition-aged youth. Using NCI family survey data, Val also presented information on the demographics, or the personal characteristics, of families and looked at their rates of satisfaction with services and the perceived impact of services on families' lives.

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  • HSRI Newsletter - April 2016

    04/2016

    The HSRI Newsletter - April 2016 was released this week. Topics include:

    • A Message From Our President – Recent Sarah Taub NCI Webinar
    • Coming Soon! – Upcoming Publications
    • HSRI Policy Specialist Elected to AAIDD Board
    • Evaluation Updates on Child Welfare Waiver Services
    • Maple Leaf Edition of The Riot!
    • New Members of the HSRI Team
    • National Core Indicators Webinars
    • National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities

    You can find an online copy of the newsletter here: http://www.hsri.org/newsletter/20160413/

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  • Val Bradley Included in New Documentary on Wolf Wolfensberger

    04/2016

    The new documentary Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization explores the principle of normalization, an idea that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose intense, multi-day workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. In addition to archival images and footage, the film features dozens of interviews with leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including HSRI President Val Bradley.

    “My mentor back in Sacramento, Art Bolton, told me in the 1970s about the book, Normalization, and the powerful concept behind it -  that people with disabilities are stigmatized by their ‘separateness’ and should live, work, play, love in the same circumstances as the rest of us.  Once you’ve seen the world through that lens, you can’t go back,” said Val.

    You can watch the extended interview with Val and learn more about the film at rtc.umn.edu/valuinglives. Stay tuned for details on an invitational screening and panel discussion in the Boston area in May!

    Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization was directed by Jerry Smith; produced by Guy Caruso and Jerry Smith; executive producer Amy Hewitt.

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  • Webinar: Outcomes for Adults on the Autism Spectrum - Putting the Research in Context

    04/2016

    Valerie Bradley and Ari Ne’eman (president and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network) recently presented a webinar entitled “National Core Indicators and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Putting the Data in Context.” Sharing NCI data on demographic characteristics and outcomes for adults on the autism spectrum who receive services from state I/DD systems, they provide policy and research recommendations that address the need for services and supports that encourage inclusion, integration, autonomy and decision-making, productivity, and independence.

    To watch the webinar, please use the following links:

    Part 1

    Part 2

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  • HSRI Policy Specialist Elected to AAIDD Board

    04/2016

    In March, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) announced that Alexandra (Alixe) Bonardi had been elected to its board of directors in the role of secretary-treasurer. Alixe is a senior policy specialist with HSRI and directs the NCI project. She will serve on the AAIDD board for three years, beginning on July 1.

    “I’m looking forward to deepening my connection with AAIDD and to serving in this role. HSRI’s support was a major factor in my decision to run for this position to help lead AAIDD as it continues to develop and improve in response to changes in our field,” said Alixe.

    Staff at HSRI have been involved in AAIDD in a variety of ways over many years including numerous presentations at conferences, contributions to the AAIDD journals and other publications, and collaborations with the local Massachusetts Chapter of AAIDD.  HSRI President Valerie Bradley was on the board of AAIDD in the 1980s, and served as president of the Association from 2005 to 2006. 

    Valerie noted “Alixe will be a great asset to the AAIDD Board and will continue the Institute’s connection with the Association. Congratulations, Alixe!”

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  • HSRI Staff Member Co-Authors Article on the Benefits of Friendship Networks for People with I/DD

    03/2016

    HSRI Policy Associate Elizabeth Pell co-authored an article with Angela Novak Amado and Kim Zoeller in the Winter 2016 issue of Impact, an issue focused on supporting wellness for people with I/DD. Their article, “Friendship Matters! Improving Health and Well-Being by Supporting Relationships,” includes NCI data on the better outcomes achieved when adults have friendships that extend beyond family and paid staff. The article notes how provider agencies can use The Council on Quality and Leadership’s Personal Outcomes Measures to explore and strengthen the social capital of people served. It also includes specific strategies and free resources that anyone can use to help connect people with I/DD with general community members.

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  • Delaware Leadership Institute, Summer 2016 - Applications Now Being Accepted

    03/2016

    Applications for the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities - to be held July 10-15 - will be accepted through May 4. This week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

    The focus of the Leadership Institute is on assessing and strengthening leadership skills, setting organizational direction, and understanding the future of the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Institute participants come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the skills and values critical for quality, individualized supports.
    Participants will learn the skills needed to:

    • Succeed in leadership challenges unique to the developmental disabilities field today;
    • Manage and sustain person-centered, values-based transformational change;
    • Build and sustain positive organizational culture at all levels;
    • Challenge the status quo through risk-taking; and
    • Set and achieve ambitious goals for yourself and your organization.

    A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.

    Applications are due by May 4, 2016

    Click here for more information.

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  • Now Available! New Issue of The Riot!

    02/2016

    The Riot! just released its first-ever Canadian issue. This special Maple Leaf Edition, called "We Belong," is a collaboration between The Riot! Staff and People First of Canada (PFC). PFC members share their stories of belonging.

    The Riot! is a publication of HSRI and features content from self-advocates. Visit theriotrocks.org for more information and previous editions.

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