Health Program Internship Description
BPC’s Health Program is dedicated to bringing together policymakers, providers, and industry stakeholders for substantive collaboration to improve health care quality and coverage, enhance prevention and public health, and accelerate the use of health IT. Improving our current health system requires an understanding of the sensitive political climate around health reform, the relationship between federal, state, & local governments, the importance of prevention, and the ever-evolving role of technology and innovation in health care delivery.
Prospective BPC Interns may work in one of three areas within the Health Program: Coverage & Payment, Prevention, or Innovation. The intern will work with project staff on writing fact sheets and blogs, policy research, event planning, congressional tracking, communications tasks, and administrative responsibilities, as needed. Topics of research and policy recommendations for each team is as follows:
Coverage & Payment
- Identifying opportunities that help stabilize private insurance markets and improve insurance affordability
- Promoting policies that increase efficiency of service delivery in Medicare and Medicaid.
- Developing recommendations to improve care through better integration of clinical health, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports for those with complex needs.
- Working with traditionally non-health federal agencies to support a “health in all policies approach” focused on the multiple determinants of health.
- Engaging large employers to improve the health of individuals and communities and fostering linkages between business and public health.
- Working with state Medicaid agencies and private insurers to improve reimbursement for obesity services
- Identifying ways to improve nutrition in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Increasing investments in treatments for unmet or public health needs, and promoting policies that accelerate safe and effective treatments through the Food and Drug Administration
- Accelerating interoperability and the use of health information technology and other digital technologies to support patients, new models of care, research, and improvements in population health.
- Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school
- Strong research and writing skills
- Efficient worker with ability to multi-task
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
- Strong interest in health policy issues