Monthly Archives: April 2019

Data Science Fellowship

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows – see the FAQ below for more information.

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session

Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New York, Washington DC, or online.

Early Deadline: 2019-04-15.
Regular Deadline: 2019-04-22.
We are assessing and interviewing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

For more information, click HERE.


Management Analyst, NCHHSTP/DHAP/PRB

Category : Alumni

The purpose of this position is to perform analytical assignments of limited scope that may require the application of qualitative and quantitative methods for the analysis and evaluation of internal, organizational administrative operations to determine their efficiency and effectiveness.

Responsibilities

  • Perform limited studies that analyze and evaluate the management practices and methods, and administrative operations of an organizational unit or segment of an organizational unit.
  • Under the guidance of senior staff, employee interpret findings resulting from studies and drafts possible courses of action for resolving them.
  • Develop routine policies, guidelines, instructions, and procedures for administrative and management requirements.
  • Apply analytical techniques to compile information and assess administrative procedures within the office.
  • Work with contract officer technical representatives and subject matter experts in the development of grant and contract related documents, which may include concept memoranda, scopes of work, funding memoranda, etc.
  • Compile data and prepare administrative status reports for review at all levels.
  • Review internal processes and procedures and proposes improvements to promote efficiency and cost savings.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of managerial operations in meeting established goals and objectives.

Click HERE to apply.


Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist/Health Scientist

Category : Alumni

Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau-Office of Epidemiology and Research, Division of Epidemiology (HRSA-MCHB) promotes the health and well-being of women, children and families by providing national leadership in the advancement and use of scientific knowledge to inform Maternal and Child Health (MCH) research.The program has an interdisciplinary science focus that allows researchers to explore the interwoven roles of families, neighborhoods, health care services, and health policies.

HRSA-MCHB is seeking an ORISE Participant to take part in the activities of MCHB and OER. The Participant would be housed under HRSA-MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER), within the Division of Epidemiology (DE). The mission of OER is to: 1) Build data capacity at the national, State and local levels; 2) Strengthen the present and future workforce in MCH epidemiology and research; 3) support applied research to ensure that MCH initiatives are evidence-based and reflect the state-of-the-science; and 4) disseminate information and strengthen the evidence base in MCH. More information about OER is available at: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/researchdata/index.html.

OER plays a central role in MCHB through its support for the performance measure framework and evaluation mechanism by which 59 states and jurisdictions receiving Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V) funds track performance on a wide range of critical MCH issues. Title V is one of the largest federal block grant programs and a key source of support for promoting and improving the health and well-being of the nation’s mothers, children, including children with special health needs, and their families. A three-tiered performance measure framework enables states to demonstrate the impacts of Title V on specific health outcomes within the state and apply this framework in developing a five-year State Action Plan to address their identified MCH priority needs. In an effort to reduce the reporting burden on grantees, OER has a role in pre-populating the state and jurisdictional annual reports for all required National Performance Measures and National Outcome Measures. The ORISE Participant will support the MCHB and OER activities by researching in support for this pre-population process for all 59 states and jurisdictions receiving Title V Block Grant funds.

Research may include: 1. Extraction of publicly available data from multiple sources; 2. Outreach to and communication with multiple Federal data providers to secure non-public data in a timely manner; 3. Interface with Federal staff and contractors to coordinate and support the pre-population of state/jurisdictional-specific data tables; 4. Coordinate quality control processes to ensure that all reported data are accurate and timely; 5. Development of summary reports and presentation of data to stakeholders.

The ORISE participant can expect to gain and/or refine the following skills and competencies:

1) Research, analyses and synthesis of literature on key indicators of maternal, infant, and child health;
2) Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau;
3) Collect, analyses, process, and help publish performance measurement data for 59 states and jurisdictions receiving Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V) funds;
4) Research, analyses and synthesis of performance measurement and/or evaluation data for other major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, e.g., Healthy Start;
5) Research and analyses of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health resulting in publishable written products, including a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal;
6) Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of how a major national survey is designed and implemented on an annual basis;
7) Refine data processing and analyses skills utilizing SAS/SUDAAN or STATA;
8) Refine and expand written and oral communicative skills and competencies.

Appointment Length

This ORISE Appointment is for 12 months and may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the ORISE Participant. The proposed start date is May 31, 2019.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by HRSA-MCHB. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.

Relocation Allowance

Training and Travel Allowance

Apply by clicking HERE.


Epi Bagel Breakfast, 4/18

Category : News/Events

All epi students and staff are welcome to attend the last Epi Bagel Breakfast of the year on April 18, from 8-10 am.


ORISE, Epidemiology and Statistics Branch

Category : Alumni

Description

A research opportunity is currently available in the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch (ESB), Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) within the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In this project, the selected candidate will receive the following training and learning experience provided by ESB economic team: (1) how to synthesize and translate empirical evidence on cost-effectiveness of interventions for the prevention and control of diabetes; (2) how to conduct studies of health care utilization and costs associated with diabetes and related complications using varied data sets, including healthcare administrative data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accessed through the CMS Virtual Research Data Center, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Health Interview Survey, and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey; and linked data sets; (3) how to use diabetes computer simulation models to project the long-term health and economic consequences of implementing strategies/interventions/policies for preventing and managing diabetes, compared with no intervention or status quo. This includes training in conducting data analysis to generate the characteristics of the simulation population and running the simulation models for epidemiological and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will receive training in how to perform the following:

·       Conduct literature search, data analysis, statistical programming, and simulation modeling methodological research activities in support of ESB economic team agenda

·       Collaborate with ESB economic team members to plan, develop, and complete a research project relating to studies of health care utilization and costs associated with diabetes and related complications and epidemiological and cost-effectiveness analysis

·       Prepare tables and figures, and reports from the various projects for publications

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2019

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the end of May 2019. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills/experience:

·       Strong quantitative skills

·       Experience using large data sets such as insurance claim or National Survey data

·       Experience using statistical software such as SAS, Stata

·       Scientific writing

To apply, click HERE


2019 Global Health Conference, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health Center is accepting abstracts for presentation at our conference, Global Health in Our Own Backyard: Controversies, Initiatives, and Innovations for Our Local Underserved Populations, to be held Oct. 4 – 5, 2019.

Abstracts may be related to any aspect of global child health. This year we are particularly interested in abstracts that highlight serving the underserved in the United States, but we also look forward to showcasing cutting-edge global child health work happening in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Abstracts in the categories of original research, program evaluation/public health, quality improvement, clinical care, and personal narratives will be considered.

Please note, personal narratives must include background, summary of experience and key takeaways from your experience of either providing or receiving care in an underserved setting/situation.

Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following themes:

  • Programs: Developing sustainable programs that prioritize public health and equitable care
  • Lessons: Thinking critically about how to apply both South-North and national lessons to provide better, more equitable care in the United States
  • Advocacy: Increasing awareness of existing disparities in the U.S. and ways to advocate for underrepresented patients
  • Global child health in a LMIC
  • Other topics of interest to the pediatric global health community

Abstract selection process

Abstracts will be selected for presentation based on quality, merit, and relevance to the conference themes. Projects may be in various stages of development. Abstracts will be accepted for either oral electronic poster (e-poster) or oral poster-walk presentation, and acceptance will be determined by an Abstract Review Committee following blinded peer review.

Abstracts will be reviewed for submission based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Originality
  • Pediatric global health merit and importance
  • Quality of research design and data analysis
  • Quality of conclusions
  • Clarity of writing

Poster Presentation Format

Every accepted abstract will be asked to give an oral poster presentation, either in an e-poster session or in a poster-walk session. Each poster will be assigned to a group by theme. A moderator will be assigned to each group and will coordinate the order of presentations and questions. Regardless of whether a poster is in printed or e-form, presenters will each give a five-minute overview of their work and will have time to take one or two questions. Instructions for the preparation of posters (including format and size) will be provided to the contact author with the presentation acceptance notification in July 2019.

General Abstract Submission Policies

  • Electronic submission deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Submit an abstract here.
  • To submit an abstract, you must create an account on CHOP’s CME website.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted by each author, but the submission of multiple, similar abstracts from the same investigator is discouraged. Each abstract submitted should be for a distinct project.
  • Abstracts submitted or presented at other meetings may be submitted for consideration.
  • The submitting author verifies upon submission that all authors have agreed to the submission of the abstract and that all information contained in the submission is true.
  • Abstract submissions are open to students, researchers, clinicians, and public and global health practitioners.
  • Paid registration is REQUIRED to attend the conference and present a poster. Submission of an abstract DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER you for the conference.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of abstract acceptance will be emailed to the contact author listed on the abstract after July 22, 2019. If you have not received notification by July 29, 2019, please contact the CHOP Global Health Center at globalhealthcenter [at] email [dot] chop [dot] edu for assistance.


4 Essential Resources for International Students During the FY 2020

Article written by Vault:

The H-1B cap season for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 began on April 1, 2019. This means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently accepting petitions for H-1B visas subject to the cap on the number of these visas that will be granted for the FY 2020. Each fiscal year, USCIS places a limit on the number of new H-1B visas that will be issued for that year, giving citizens of other countries temporary authorization to work in the United States. That limit is known as the H-1B cap, and it is set at 65,000 H-1B visas for applicants with undergraduate degrees, and 20,000 for applicants with advanced degrees.

Since there are often more petitions than there are available visas, during the H-1B cap season, petitions are placed in a “visa lottery”; those applicants who are randomly selected from the lottery are then evaluated based on the merits of their petitions. During this time, eligible students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university can apply for a change of status from an F-1 student visa to an H-1B. Once the number of H-1B visas issued reaches the cap, no new petitions are approved until the beginning of the cap season for the next fiscal year. 

We recently reported on changes to the H-1B visa lottery that would reverse the order in which petitions are selected. Under the new rule, applicants with advanced degrees are selected first, followed by all other applicants. 

These new rules may prove beneficial for international MBA students. If you’re looking to better understand how to navigate this year’s H-1B cap season, here are four essential resources to keep you up-to-date throughout the process:

  • The Graduate Management Admissions Council (the global association of leading business schools that administers the GMAT) published a helpful article, “H-1B Cap Season and What It Means for International Students Applying for a Change of Status from F-1 to H-1B“. The article provides a detailed, yet succinct overview of the changes to the H-1B season, with a specific focus on change of status requests for F-1 students.
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators has an entire resources page dedicated to the H-1B cap season, which includes tips for preparing your H-1B petition, an explanation of the premium processing option, and links to important regulations and document pages.
  • USCIS has a thorough section on their website dedicated to guiding H-1B petitioners through the process. In addition to an informative press release announcing the start of cap season, USCIS provides a thorough breakdown of H-1B guidelines, documentation requirements, associated fees, and more.
  • The International Advantage specializes in helping international students throughout the job search. In addition to a plethora of other resources on the firm’s website, The International Advantage an H-1B Coaching program. This hour-long online course is designed to help international students create a job search plan and navigate the nuances of the entire H-1B process.
The article can be found HERE.

Full-Time Executive Director, Community Bucket

Category : Alumni

Community Bucket is an Atlanta-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that is on a mission to build stronger communities through high impact volunteer experiences. We envision a world where volunteering is a catalyst for young professionals to feel connected to each other and engaged in their communities.

We are driven by our simple belief in the promise of Service Made Social.
Our core values are Fun, Quality, Camaraderie and Collaboration.
And we are hiring our first Full-Time Executive Director to bring our organization to the next level.
The Opportunity

We have been making an impact since 2012, but we only became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2018. We are hiring an Executive Director to bring much needed growth and sustainability to our organization. With proper leadership and the addition of staff support, we will be able to amplify our impact many-fold over the coming years.

Currently, we are on track to double our footprint in Atlanta from 2018 to 2019. We have also piloted expansion into new cities, and we are expanding our initiatives to engage businesses in more relevant ways.

Our mission is set, and we are looking for the right person to take charge, fuel our growth, and share in turning our vision into a reality for nonprofits and young professional volunteers everywhere.

The Position

In this role, the Executive Director will have ownership over the following areas:

1. Fundraising: Expanding our capacity through grant funding, corporate sponsorships, and fee-for-service events (e.g. company volunteer days) is a central part of this role.

2. Program Execution: Quality volunteering and social events are at the core of what we do. Working with our nonprofit partners and social venues to create continually improved events is essential.

3. Volunteer Management: We incorporate the community into our work, relying on people to volunteer for tasks such as project captains, logistics support, marketing assistance, etc. Effectively managing and supporting these volunteers to continually increase capacity is also essential to the role.

The Skills and Background We’re Seeking

• At least 3-5 years of professional experience – ideally with a background in the nonprofit sector (experience outside of the nonprofit space is also welcome)

• Demonstrated ability to fundraise through a blend of corporate sponsorships, grant funding, and individual giving campaigns

• Successful program management experience (both strategic and tactical)

• Excellent communicator

• Results-oriented mindset

• Comfort in a self-directed, autonomous role with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

• Proven experience with directing teams of volunteers and/or managing staff

• Ability to think big picture, while also able to zoom in on the little details, interchangeably

A person who is mission-driven, highly organized, radically open-minded, and unafraid to take risks will be best suited for this role!

Year 1 Responsibilities

• Relationship development with corporate partners, foundations, and other funding institutions to bring financial sustainability to the organization

• Event execution in Atlanta & supporting pilot city chapters in their event execution

• Alliance building with partner organizations

• Cultivating and maintaining a strong network of volunteer assistants for our events, and other committee tasks

• Ensuring we meet our strategic goals for the year as an organization

As Executive Director, you will be managed and guided by the Board of Directors.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Project Manager, Western Michigan University’s Evaluation Center

Category : Alumni

To access the position description:

1) Go to the following link: HERE

2) Enter the posting number 0604951

Brief Overview:
The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University seeks a full-time Evaluation Project Manager to assist with ongoing evaluation projects for federal, state, and non-profit clients in a variety of fields. Requirements for the position include a master’s degree and three years of related experience in research, evaluation, project management, or a similar role. Duties may involve managing day-to-day operations of evaluation projects, collecting data, conducting quantitative or qualitative analyses under the supervision of senior staff members, and contributing to proposals for new evaluation projects.


Sr. Public Health Specialist, MITRE

Category : Alumni

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That’s because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation’s toughest challenges—and we’re committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We’re making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

Through the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare(CAMH), MITRE exclusively serves in the public interest and helps to bring world-class expertise to bear on key challenges facing the nation. MITRE operates the CAMH federally- funded research and development center (FFRDC) on behalf of US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). MITRE serves as an objective, independent, not for profit advisor supporting many of the complex analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass business, policy, technology, and operational interests across HHS.
The CAMH FFRDC is growing rapidly, particularly through increasing engagements with the Centers for disease control and prevention(CDC), The National Institutes of Health(NIH), and the Administration for Children and Families(ACF). These efforts are exceptional opportunities to have a substantial impact on health matters of national and international importance. MITRE is seeking additional staff with experience in Epidemiology and Public Health to work on CAMH engagements that will have a marked and long-lasting impact on the health of the American people. Please note that while this position is requires field experience in Epidemiology and Public Health, the position is for an advisory/consulting role.

Key Functions:
The successful candidate will be part of MITRE teams that advise federal (and state) stakeholders as these agencies seek to employ methods to better exchange, integrate, and utilize disparate public health data sets, and apply broad principles of public health, epidemiology, and/or biostatistics appropriately to improve public health studies. In this role, the candidate will analyze and evaluate existing processes and data sources to derive actionable recommendations to improve operational efficacy in the public health domain. They will create reports and presentations for both lay and professional public health audiences that disseminate finding and promote recommendations to improve efficacy. They will also support and coordinate multi-site, multi-agency, and multi-stakeholder initiatives to help advance key national public health objectives. Some survey design support work may also be required, on an ad hoc basis.

Required Qualifications:
Specialists in both chronic or infectious disease are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Public Health or at least 5 years of applied epidemiological experience at the state, tribal, local or territorial level investigating disease outbreaks, recommending policy changes to prevent and control chronic and/or infectious diseases, advancing public health through health education, and/or applying evidence-based interventions. This may include experience producing statistical or analytical reports that require use of sociological behavior science, demographic, and/or epidemiologic techniques related to conditions and issues of public health concern (e.g. infectious diseases, chronic conditions, environmental health). Knowledge of the data standards and mechanisms used for data analysis, exchange, and storage is also desired.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will also have some  of the following experience:
-Experience creating and/or leveraging resources through collaborative public and private partnerships to advance public health goals.
-Knowledge of public health efforts, especially as concerns disease outbreak investigations, or public policy development and/or advocacy for infectious or chronic disease issues.
-Knowledge of critical public health internal and external stakeholders at the state, tribal, local or territorial levels and/or working with CDC.
-Experience working with the Federal Government in a consulting or advisory role is highly desirable.
-Knowledge of state and federal public health laws, including public health reporting.
-Knowledge of advanced statistical methods used in cutting-edge epidemiological work is desirable, but not required.

-Knowledge of public health information systems is desirable but not required.


Desired education: The successful candidate will have a master’s or doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or a related field(MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH)

Minimum Qualifications:
BS and 5 years related experience.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.