Health Economist at CDC Foundation

CDC Foundation

Title: Health Economist

  • Boise, Idaho, United States or Remote, United States


The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the sole entity authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDCs critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched approximately 1,000 programs and has served as a strategic partner to CDC during public health emergencies. This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nations lead agency charged with protecting the public’s health.


The Health Economist will support the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Bureau of Rural Health and Primary care in Boise, Idaho. The Bureau of Rural Health and Primary care is responsible for convening and coordinating a statewide leadership group to advance value-based healthcare in Idaho, which includes a subcommittee focused on rural critical access hospitals (CAHs) and their primary care clinics. Most Idaho CAHs operate with razor thin or negative operating margins, and, prior to the COVID-10 public health emergency, the group was developing a value-based budget model that would support community health needs while stabilizing CAH services. The current environment has further destabilized the rural healthcare environment and we seek the expertise of a health economist to identify potential strategies to transition into value-based models that will stabilize rural healthcare systems.

Teleworking: Up to 100%; employee does not have to be located in Idaho

Anticipated in-state travel: None

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with the nations lead agency charged with protecting the public’s health. The CDC Foundation offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.


  • Supports the Chief of the Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care in collaboration with external partners and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to assess the economic effect of COVID-19 on CAHs and develop alternative economic simulations for recovery. The HE responsibilities align and support the Bureaus efforts to advance value-based healthcare and improve access in rural Idaho.
  • Conducts literature reviews on relevant health economics topics to be studied.
  • Performs related financial analysis and may develop specialized models to facilitate effective decision-making.
  • May critique models prepared by others through systematic dismantlement, analysis, and reconstruction to determine validity and soundness of data input and model structure.
  • May provide cost forecasts to aid in budgeting.
  • Reviews and analyze economic data to prepare reports of findings.
  • Organizes data into report format, including drafting graphics, and may arrange for publication and distribution of findings.
  • Provide information and presentations to statewide leadership teams.
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Masters degree in Health Economics or related field and at least two years of relevant experience, OR bachelors degree in Health Economics or related field and at least four years of relevant experience.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, STATA) including programming expertise for economic analyses
  • Considerable knowledge of economics and econometrics methods; research methods including computer modeling and the principles of statistics.
  • Graduate level statistical training or experience performing statistical analysis using standard statistical software
  • Experience preparing technical reports describing economic research results.
  • Experience developing different types of charts and graphs such as bar, pie, or scatter plots to relay statistical information
  • Experience translating technical economic data into information usable by the public and healthcare leaders.
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders, committees, or teams.

Desired qualifications

  • PhD in Health Economics or related field
  • Certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes or equivalent
  • Good knowledge of rural healthcare industry

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