*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available with the Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch (HSREB), within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.
HSREB has access to several national administrative claims databases and national survey databases, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid MAX data and IBM MarketScan data. These large data sets can be used to analyze utilization and care patterns, and several STD-related health services research or health economics studies that make use of these data are planned. A partial list of proposed studies includes:
- Estimate the frequency of treatment regimens for gonorrhea infection for commercially-insured and Medicaid-insured patients.
- Estimate STI and HIV testing rates for patients taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
- Estimate the impact of COVID-9 on patient’s STI services during the COVID-19 pandemic period (when the data are available).
- Estimate current prenatal testing rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis by state in order to provide state health departments with baseline information that can be used to assess interventions designed to improve prenatal care for Medicaid-insured women.
- Estimate (and update) the costs associated with STD sequelae (such as pelvic inflammatory disease [PID] and ectopic pregnancy) for commercially-insured populations and Medicaid-insured populations.
- Assess retesting patterns for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in Medicaid- and commercially-insured patients.
- Assess syphilis testing algorithm practices using administrative claims and laboratory data.
- Examine circumcision rates among neonates by state in comparison to state policies on reimbursement.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant for this research opportunity will have the chance to learn about health services research methods using administrative claims data and survey data, develop new data analysis skills, conduct literature reviews, participate in the process of designing health services and economics studies, and draft manuscripts for publication.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 4, 2021
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Supplements for health insurance will be provided. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
This opportunity is available to US citizens only.
If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.CDC.NCHHSTP@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (CDC-NCHHSTP-2021-0022) in your email.