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Health Resources and Services Administration

Summer 2012 Fellow: Sarah Jacobson

Summer 2012 Fellow Email: sarah92@stanford.edu

Faculty Mentor: Lars Osterberg

Office Description: The United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves, is known as the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The SIG Fellowship would be coordinated out of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the Office of Health Information Technology and Quality.

Office Website:
www.hhs.gov<http://www.hhs.gov/> — www.hrsa.gov<http://www.hrsa.gov/> —www.healthcarecommunities.org<http://www.healthcarecommunities.org>
Potential Projects:

Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the related legislative aspects are a key consideration in 2013.  One type of specific activity topic includes the mechanics of getting the health insurance exchanges (HIE) fully implemented nationally.  Ramifications to the Meaninful Use (MU) of Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and quality metrics of the National Quality Strategy are key issues at this time.  Working on solving cutting edge current health policy issues of the nation and communities, via participation on a variety of department committees, workgroups, and policy analysis opportunities, as well as liaison with Capitol Hill workgroups and private foundations.  Current priority activities: quality improvement, quality measures, performance measures, health information technology, meaningful use, dissemination science, personal health records, electronic health records, community health records, integration of behavioral health and primary health care.  Much of the work focuses on the nations under-served, those with highest risks, chronic disease management, oral health, mental health, and linking primary care with public health. Participation in conferences sponsored by private foundations, non-for profit organizations, and other private entities that take place in the Washington DC Metro area will be possible depending on the time of the year that they occur and the particular interest of the Fellow.

Desired Skills, Experience, Coursework:

*   Any field of study at Stanford may be appropriate.  We would look for rigorous demonstration of excellence in the field chosen.
*   We are particularly interested in demonstration of commitment to serve communities, the nation, the world, but the specific experience is less important than the meaning derived and the commitment to help others.
*   Working practical experience with computers and web-searches are a must.  Database use experience is a plus.

Language: English

*   Any other languages are a plus.