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Job Title: Survivorship Navigator

Employment Type: 15-20 hours per week (Flexible, weekends and evenings may be required at times)

Location (flexible, applicants from every location will be considered):

Massachusetts General Hospital
100 Cambridge Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

University of Utah School of Medicine
30 N. 1900 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Posting Date: September 2019

The Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital seeks to hire a survivorship navigator to provide support on health insurance navigation for survivors of childhood cancer. The following is a brief description of the Health Insurance Navigation Tools (HINT) project:

Given the current insurance landscape and the additional insurance burden that childhood cancer survivors face, the present study seeks to develop and test a health insurance navigation program for adult survivors of childhood cancer. The overall goals of the program is to improve health insurance literacy and ameliorate financial distress related to medical costs.

This study will enroll participants from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) cohort, which is an NCI-funded multi-institutional study of individuals who were diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21 and survived at least five years. Approximately 80 survivors will be recruited nationally from the CCSS cohort and randomized to either a control or intervention arm. Survivors in the intervention arm will receive 4 psychoeducational health insurance navigation sessions covering topics such as survivorship healthcare needs, healthcare coverage, navigating one’s own plan, and managing care costs.

The survivorship navigator will be primarily responsible for piloting and implementing the intervention. Specifically, their role will be to deliver the psychoeducational navigation to study participants using HIPAA-compliant telehealth software (similar to Skype).  This person will also serve as a resource for participants in the study and will be expected to provide detailed information on health insurance terms and use.  

The candidate will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator of the project, Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., MPH. Job responsibilities include the following tasks:

Health Insurance Program Navigation

  • Assists with the planning, development and design of intervention materials, including health education scripts and materials
  • Conducts sessions with patients
  • Serves as resource for patients during the course of the intervention (4 sessions)
  • Carefully follow study protocols and scripts
  • Maintains current knowledge base on health and health insurance issues

Other job responsibilities:

  • Assists with writing reports detailing research findings
  • Works with senior level staff to negotiate/implement/monitor research protocols.
  • Attends study team meetings, supervision and trainings as required

Training, Experience, and Skills:

  • MSW/MPH/RN/MPA or other related masters degree is preferred
  • Oncology training and experience working with cancer survivors is desirable
  • Familiarity with issues of health insurance and financial burden in patient populations is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and professional communication skills
  • Ability to build trust and maintain confidentiality with diverse populations
  • Proficiency in various software packages, including Microsoft Office and other desktop tools

Working Conditions

The position of the project is located at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Utah. However, all survivorship navigator tasks can be conducted via telehealth. Applicants from any geographical location will be considered.

Application Information

Interested applicants should send a resume/CV and cover letter by email to: Elyse R. Park, Ph.D., MPH

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Last Updated: 9/12/19