*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Clinical, Economic and Health Services Research Branch (CEHSRB) of the Division of STD Prevention, within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Research Project: CEHSRB has access to several national administrative claims databases and national survey databases, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid MAX data and IBM MarketScan data. These large data sets can be used to analyze utilization and care patterns. Several STD-related health services research or health economics studies that make use of these data are planned. A partial list of proposed studies includes:
- Estimate the frequency of treatment regimens for gonorrhea infection for commercially-insured and Medicaid-insured patients.
- Estimate STI and HIV testing rates for patients taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
- Estimate the impact of COVID-19 on patient’s STI services and sexual behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic period (when the data become available).
- Estimate current prenatal testing rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis by state in order to provide state health departments with baseline information that can be used to assess interventions designed to improve prenatal care for Medicaid-insured women.
- Estimate (and update) the costs associated with STD sequelae (such as pelvic inflammatory disease [PID] and ectopic pregnancy) for commercially-insured populations and Medicaid-insured populations.
- Assess retesting patterns for patients diagnosed with syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea in Medicaid- and commercially-insured patients.
- Assess syphilis testing algorithm practices using administrative claims and laboratory data.
- Examine circumcision rates among neonates by state in comparison to state policies on reimbursement.
Learning Objectives: The selected participant will have the chance to learn about health services research methods using administrative claims data and survey data, develop new data analysis skills, conduct literature reviews, participate in the process of designing health services and economics studies, and draft manuscripts for publication.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Guoyu Tao (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Fall 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCHHSTP@orau.org and include the reference code (CDC-NCHHSTP-2021-0241) for this opportunity.