The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking a research and evidence analyst excited about health policy to manage the development and implementation of an ongoing scientific protocol to assess the evidence that informs the Bright Futures Guidelines and the AAP Periodicity Schedule. Reporting to the Director, Primary Care and Workforce, this position will synthesize and share findings with Advisory Groups, program staff and other stakeholders; review the evidence synthesis that is included as part of the public comment for all new/revised topics and ideas for consideration on the Periodicity Schedule; and perform rigorous literature reviews and reports for the Advisory Groups.
Some tasks include:
Develop a strategy and process to systematically review and update the Bright Futures Guidelines and the Periodicity Schedule including monitoring published literature for new research and other evidence.
Create a scientific protocol to streamline the evidence review process associated with the Bright Futures Guidelines and the Periodicity Schedule.
To inform the protocol and ongoing iterations of Bright Futures Guidelines and Periodicity Schedule, conduct literature reviews and meta-analysis or narrative synthesis, as is possible given the timeline and the scope of the project, based on the results of the literature review.
Manage and implement evidence review related tasks including development of search strategies, protocols, extraction templates, analytic plans, and reports. Document search and review strategies to ensure reproducibility.
Lead discussions with Advisory Groups to review the evidence review outputs and appropriately grade evidence, including an assessment of the Risk of Bias for included articles.
Author comprehensive summary reports synthesizing both quantitative and qualitative data, and present findings to Advisory Groups, staff, and other relevant stakeholders to inform discussion and development of recommendations.
Collaborate with the Advisory Groups and other multi-disciplinary teams of content experts; participate in the development of Bright Futures and Periodicity Schedule related clinical tools and resources, algorithms, and other content.
Contribute to and review the methodological/analytical sections of the Bright Futures Guidelines and Periodicity Schedule.
Work with assigned project management staff to ensure systematic reviews are incorporated into development timelines and executed in accordance with overall project timelines.
Master’s degree in epidemiology, health administration, nursing, public health, social sciences, or related discipline preferred (Bachelor’s degree required) with an emphasis on research or related field.
At least four years’ related experience in health services research and/or delivery of health care services with a special focus on research required. Experience applying a framework to assess the quality of clinical evidence, performing evidence reviews for clinical practice, and working with health professionals in practice preferred. Skills in methodology, health care improvement, health equity research, and measurement are highly desirable.
Knowledge of medical terminology, evidence-based medicine, and the application of epidemiologic principles to the development of guidelines required, as well as demonstrated ability to synthesize and interpret study results and derive insights. Excellent analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills required. Must be able to apply good judgment, manage multiple priorities simultaneously and autonomously, take initiative, collaborate effectively with various internal and external constituents, work both independently and as part of a team, and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-oriented work environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong technical acumen essential with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel) and the ability to learn and apply new technologies; experience with virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams) and document collaboration sites (eg, SharePoint) preferred. Some travel, evening and weekend work required.
Hybrid working arrangement of 40% on-site at our Chicago suburb headquarters in Itasca, IL.
All AAP employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; requests for a medical or religious accommodation regarding this vaccination can be submitted for consideration upon an offer of employment.
The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.
Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response. ?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a membership organization of 67,000 pediatricians and approximately 475 staff committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP promotes pediatrics and advances child health priorities by developing policy, conducting research, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education for our membership.