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Health Programs Analyst

Category : Alumni

Responsibilities
The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Health Programs Analyst in our National Center office located in Dallas, Texas.

In this role, you will be responsible for providing dedicated evaluation analysis in the AHA’s Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation (CHME). Additional responsibilities include assisting with development and implementation of program evaluation activities for AHA programs and initiatives aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and promotion of ideal cardiovascular health.

This is a full time, benefits eligible grant funded position. Current funding is through 6/30/2020 with the possibility of extension.

Essential Job Duties:

Supports development and implementation of program evaluation data collection activities in the Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation for programs across the portfolio of AHA programs and initiatives.
Assists in the management of CHME projects conducted internally.
Writes sections of analytic reports and proposals for new projects.
Develops and/or and refines standard study measures, develops and implements surveys (paper and online), and oversees quality control of data collection
Develops fact-sheets and brief reports; substantiates facts for AHA activities.
Assists in the production of manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and presentations; provides input for presentations at scientific conferences and meetings.
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), Marketing Research, Business Statistics or a related area.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience in:
creating data collection instruments for both quantitative (surveys/questionnaires) and qualitative (interview/focus group guides) approaches.
conducting quantitative and qualitative data analyses.
strategic and operational planning.
project management and coordination experience.
Proficient knowledge of research design and methodology.
Ability to understand scientific communication (journals, briefings, reports, statistics, etc.) ability to synthesize complex data sets into reports or communications for diverse audiences.
Comprehensive knowledge of public, community and population health and business models.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must be able to travel overnight approx. 5% of the time.
Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

Ability to creatively consider alternative solutions to tasks.
Intellectual curiosity.
SAS, STATA, R or related coding skills.
Proficient knowledge of databases or data repository systems.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Vermont Epidemiologist Position, apply by 7/10

Category : Alumni

Overview
Do you want to be part of a team dedicated to the surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases in Vermonters?

We have an exciting opportunity for an Epidemiologist III in the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases Program of the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Section, Health Surveillance Division at the Vermont Department of Health. The position is responsible for the investigation, surveillance, data analysis, and educational outreach activities for infectious conditions, particularly tick and mosquito-borne diseases and rabies. The Epidemiologist III will maintain and update internal program databases, coordinate disease detection activities with clinical and laboratory staff, and serve as a consultative resource for health care providers, veterinarians, the public, District Office staff, and state agency partners.

The successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of the principles of infectious disease transmission, laboratory diagnosis, and control; working knowledge of public health policy, medical practices, and terminology associated with infectious diseases; and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to members of the media, advocacy groups, and the public to provide clear and consistent messaging. The position operates under the State Public Health Veterinarian, frequently collaborating with Health Department, state, federal, and community partners.

Specific examples of work include, but are not limited to:

Providing telephone consultations for infectious disease concerns
Performing educational outreach for health care provider and public audiences
Creating infectious disease summaries from human, animal, and vector surveillance data
Developing new data collection tools or resolving issues with existing ones
Assisting with outbreak investigations and emergency preparedness response

Who May Apply
This position, Epidemiologist III (Job Requisition #2012), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Natalie [dot] Kwit [at] vermont [dot] gov

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors
Work is performed mainly in standard office setting but with regular need to travel to hospitals for which private means of transportation must be available. Periodic participation in community or provider meetings which may be held after regular business hours. There is predictable need to manage and deal with members of the medical profession and the public in emotional and pressure type situations.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in epidemiology.
OR
Master’s degree supplemented by at least two (2) courses in statistics and one (1) course in epidemiology AND one (1) year of experience in a health-related field.
OR
Bachelor’s degree supplemented by at least two (2) courses in statistics and one (1) course in epidemiology AND three (3) years of experience in a health-related field.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
80% State paid medical premium
Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
Low cost group life insurance
Tuition Reimbursement
Incentive-based Wellness Program
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Dr. Lauren McCullough receives the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award

Category : News/Events

Lauren E. McCullough, PhD, MSPH, Rollins Assistant Professor at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).

McCullough was selected for the national award in a two-step process that included nominations from numerous Emory faculty—compiled into a unified letter written by the Department of Epidemiology’s Chair Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH—and numerous external letters of support from epidemiologists at member institutions.

Read the full story here!


Inside APE: Christopher Elmlinger & Tennessee Department of Health

Category : #IamEmoryEPI

This week for #InsideAPE, we sat down with Christopher Elmlinger, rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student to talk about his work this summer with the Office of Health Policy at the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville, TN.

Tell us about your APE project.

The new Governor of Tennessee’s first executive order requested a “Statement of Rural Impact and Recommendations for Better Serving Rural Tennesseans.” (Not so fun fact-Tennessee currently has the highest rate of hospital closures per capita in the country). The County Health Assessments aim to identify the needs and assets of rural communities in coordination with county health councils and local stakeholders.

My role has primarily been researching and updating the state’s 12 Vital Signs and the associated intervention strategies and policy recommendations that local health councils can pursue. Tennessee’s Vital Signs are a set of 12 metrics selected to measure the pulse of health in Tennessee (examples include preventable hospitalizations, infant mortality, youth obesity, and access to parks and greenways). I finished a memo on Telehealth for the Governor’s office this week and am currently learning REDCap in order to build out an evaluation for the CHA process.

How did you find your APE project?

My APE is part of the Region IV Public Health Training Center: Pathways to Practice Scholar Field Placement Program, which I found at the Emory career fair in February. I love career fairs and always make a point of talking to every table and collecting every interesting flyer. I enjoyed my conversation with the Region IV representatives and I applied for this opening that evening. The career fair definitely gave me a head start since the position did not go out to the Rollins list serve until a week or two later. My advice to incoming students would be to start looking for APE’s early and to be sure to take maximum advantage of the career fair as there are many paid APE’s advertised there in addition to full-time jobs for graduating second-year students.

What has the experience been like so far?

As an EPI student I have been very focused on math, so I was surprised by the amount of research and writing I have had to do in this position.

One thing that I love about this position: I frequently get pulled into different projects, presentations, conferences, or events. Last Friday, I got called into my supervisor’s office and he sent me to a nearby studio to shoot a commercial on the state’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic. I don’t know how much I will actually be featured in the commercial after all of the edits and cuts, but it was really exciting just to participate.

One thing that’s difficult: getting used to a desk job again. At Rollins we are so used to multi-tasking and running around to classes, events, presentations, and our REAL jobs that we forget how hard it can be to sit at a desk and focus on just one task or project for most of the day (even those of us who have already been in the workforce).


Christopher Elmlinger is a rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student and a member of the Certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE). His research interests at Rollins include infectious disease (particularly HIV, TB, and NTDs) and Emergency Preparedness & Response.


Senior Specialist (Economic Modelling), Singapore’s Health Technology Assessment

Category : Alumni

**Note: This job is located in Singapore. No experience in economic modeling is needed but a background in epi/stats is preferred.**

As the Specialist/Senior Specialist for economic modeling, you will be responsible for a) conducting relevant analysis and modeling as part of health technology assessment for drugs and medical technologies; and b) collaborate with other teams in developing relevant sections and work related to the Drug Advisory Committee (DAC) and Medical Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC for medical technologies).

Job Description:

Technical appraisal & economic modeling

Critically appraise relevant clinical studies, epidemiological data, economic data and other information
Evaluate the validity and relevance of data which may be highly complex and/or conflicting from a variety of sources to inform modeling
Critique modeling work carried out by other staff both within Agency and that by external parties
Assess completeness of the evidence base, identify gaps and highlight important issues for discussion by relevant staff or committee members
Provide additional analysis required by the committees

Planning & organization
Participate and facilitate in meetings such as scoping workshops, committee meetings
Ensure a consistent approach to economic modeling across the program work streams
Plan and manage multiple projects at different stages of development
Assist Lead Specialist in resource planning

Implementation & evaluation of impact
Develop and maintain records of work to ensure an audit trail
Conduct evaluation of the impact of ACE’s products in terms of clinical outcomes and costs
Formulate relevant evaluation reports

Communication & engagement
Maintain links with external academic, professional and clinical institutions to ensure current best practice
Regular contact with clinical experts and stakeholders relevant to technical appraisals including presenting complex technical issues in a simple and accessible way
Promoting the technical work of the Agency to be recognized as an international centre for technical excellence in HTA
Regular communication with other Divisions within MOH and external stakeholders

Training & development
As Senior Specialist, give guidance and mentor staff to improve, identify training needs and develop
Supervision of students or interns
Undertake continuing personal and professional development to meet changing demands of the job and to satisfy the required technical competencies

Commissioning & quality assurance
When economic modeling projects are commissioned externally, to develop specification
Provide QA for externally commissioned projects as well as internal work
Peer review of reports provided by the commissioned groups

Requirements:

Degree in healthcare (medicine, medical science, pharmacy, psychology) or economics
Post graduate qualifications in health economics, public health, statistics or epidemiology
Familiarity and experience with clinical and cost-effectiveness analyses
Experienced in conducting/critiquing economic models and research protocols
Experienced in project management
Experienced in supervising and managing staff
A commitment to excellence in quality of research and outputs
Excellent time management and discipline in meeting deadlines
Good communication skills
Ability to work well with others and build networks
At least 3 years of relevant experience in economic modeling for the Senior Specialist role

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


TB Epidemiologist, NYC Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Job Description
The Bureau of TB Control requests the job opening of one Public Health Epidemiologist L-I. The mission of the Bureau of TB Control is to prevent the spread of TB and to eliminate it as a public health problem in New York City. The goals to achieve this mission are 1) identify all individuals with suspected and confirmed TB disease and ensure their appropriate treatment, ideally on directly observed therapy (DOT) and 2) Ensure that individuals at high risk for progression from latent TB infection to TB disease complete treatment and do not develop disease.

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

* Review and manage incoming TB reports submitted by NYC providers for accuracy, timeliness, and completeness.

* Enter and update surveillance data into the bureau’s electronic surveillance and case management system (Maven) and ensure appropriated action.

* Monitor workflows in Maven to ensure timely and appropriate action.

* Conduct analysis and review of surveillance data to improve and ensure data quality.

* Review, triage, and handle data that are stored and processed by EDRI, DOHMH’s data cleaning, transformation and routing application.

* Provide backup to the Interstate Coordinator and assist with inter jurisdictional and international communication and transfer of patients.

* Handle and triaging calls coming from the TB Hotline.

* Follow-up of incomplete TB reports.

* Other duties as required.

Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A master’s degree in epidemiology or in public health with a minimum of 12 graduate credits in epidemiology from an accredited college or university; or

2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, supplemented by the successful completion of PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY (#3030-G) or (#SS1000), a
course for health professionals, given by the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Public Service and one year of satisfactory full-time experience as a health professional in a position which requires data collection and the reading and interpretation of medical charts and medical information in support of surveillance and epidemiologic investigations; or

3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and two years of satisfactory full-time experience as described in “2” above.

Preferred Skills
Knowledge of communicable disease surveillance and epidemiologic investigations.

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Excellent phone and customer service skills.

Ability to follow protocols and standard operating procedures; working knowledge of disease surveillance. Ideally, experience working and communicating with clinicians and other providers

Comfortable discussing sensitive topics and ability to understand and follow strict patient confidentiality regulations

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Experience with structured interviews, medical terminology, and conducting medical chart reviews

Proficiency with computers and use of data systems, including data entry and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

Some experience with statistical software such as SAS.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Children without Worms, Senior Program Associate

Category : Alumni

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities. Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency. Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program. May plan, administer or monitor the program’s budget, financial management, and/or grants.
Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams. May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals. Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations. Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program, and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards. May supervise staff. Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained. Performs related responsibilities as required.

BACKGROUND:
The Task Force for Global Health is an Emory University affiliate located in Decatur, GA.
Its eight programs focus on building durable public health systems that serve all people.
Focus areas include neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, and health systems strengthening. The Task Force received the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize –the world’s largest award of its kind – in recognition of its extraordinary contributions to
alleviating human suffering.
Children Without Worms (CWW) is an international non-governmental public health program of the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH). CWW supports global efforts to control soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) in people at high-risk of infection.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The position will support technical initiatives and operational functions of CWW. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Technical
1) Under the direction of the CWW Epidemiologist, Director, or Deputy Director (as assigned), conduct quantitative data analyses to selectively measure performance of STH control efforts at global, regional and national levels.
2) Under the direction of the CWW Epidemiologist, Director, or Deputy Director (as assigned), clean data and assist with data analyses based on CWW-developed, surveys and studies.
3) Under the direction of the CWW Epidemiologist, Director, or Deputy Director (as assigned), create maps, using GIS data, and conduct other requested geospatial analyses based on the aforementioned studies and surveys.
4) Propose new analyses in line with stated program priorities, including identified data sources, estimates of resource investment, and desired outputs
5) Draft reports, presentations, conference abstracts, and manuscripts for peerreviewed publications to succinctly and clearly communicate to intended audiences the key results and implications of aforementioned studies and surveys.
6) Under the direction of the CWW Epidemiologist or Director (as assigned), help conduct systematic literature reviews, on defined topics and study questions.
7) As assigned, liaise with partners (e.g. Global Burden of Disease partners) on data related issues and projects.
8) Assist creating and revising procedures for the use of electronic data collection devices during CWW-developed, population-based program monitoring and epidemiologic surveys.
9) Assist in the implementation and training for CWW-supported program monitoring surveys.
10)Assist team with the review of national STH program monitoring needs and help implement efforts to strengthen their capacity to effectively manage and use data.
11) Analyze publically available (e.g. World Health Organization) data to determine the status of global STH control efforts. Draft reports based on the same.

Operational
12)Assist the Deputy Director to conduct detailed planning (e.g. annual planning) in line with established strategic objectives so as to clearly identify priorities, required resources, and processes.
13) Provide operational support to a project which will build sustainable epidemiologic capacity within national STH control programs. Capacity building will occur through trained epidemiologists.
14)Provide operational support to a project which will create, disseminate, and support the implementation of a monitoring & evaluation framework for national STH control programs.
15)Track key CWW program outputs for use in donor reporting; assist in reporting of activities to donors.
16)Provide regular solution-oriented recommendations to the Deputy Director and Director CWW to address programmatic challenges or gaps and new opportunities.
17)Regularly liaise with relevant CWW colleagues to share information and coordinate activities.
18)Conduct other duties as assigned by the CWW Deputy Director or Director.
19)Participate fully as a member of the Task Force for Global Health by contributing, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by Task Force management.

TRAVEL: 10 – 15% international and domestic.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to specified program areas and four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in public health or a related field.
At least three years of progressive experience collecting and analyzing epidemiologic data.
At least two years of experience in global health program implementation.
At least two years of experience in providing operational support.
Demonstrated ability to conduct geospatial analysis/mapping using ArcGIS.
Proficiency using statistical analysis software (e.g. SAS, STATA, SPSS, Epi Info).
Strong written and verbal communications skills.

To apply, click HERE.


CDC Infant Nutrition Fellowship, ORISE

Category : Alumni

Application Deadline 7/29/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Description
A research opportunity is currently available with the Nutrition Branch, in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

This project will provide training in the area of maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, complementary feeding, micronutrients, and the development of healthy dietary patterns. The research participant will collaborate with others to synthesize the science, identify research and surveillance gaps, and translate the science into public health actions for different aspects of nutrition in pregnancy and through the first two years of life.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following research activities:

Building public health skills in research, synthesis, translation, and dissemination of evidence on social, environmental, and policy factors related to maternal and child nutrition. The majority of the research focuses on pregnancy through two years of age
Contributing to the development of guidance documents and written reports with an emphasis on environmental and policy strategies to help address critical factors related to a healthy pregnancy, support for breastfeeding and optimal early child nutrition in clinical settings, childcare settings, and state public health systems
Analyzing data and contributing to the development of translation products on maternal and child nutrition
Synthesizing information and communicating with partners and to the general public
Focused learning on gestational weight gain, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, micronutrient status, and the establishment of healthy dietary patterns that will help inform the development of a comprehensive DNPAO strategic plan on maternal and child nutrition
Participating in interdisciplinary groups and interacting with experts including public health nutritionists, health education specialists, evaluation specialists, maternal and pediatric health care providers, and epidemiologists
Conducting systematic reviews of the scientific literature on the health effects of multiple health behaviors and practices during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life
Analyzing data and contributing to manuscripts on key topics related to maternal and child nutrition; reviewing data for indicators to be included in DNPAO’s interactive data portal
Contributing to the preparation of briefing documents on policy and program for review by public health leaders, policy makers, hospital administrators, etc.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 27, 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 start date of the appointment. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Coursework in epidemiology, statistics, basic nutrition, and/or maternal and child health
Knowledge with policy, systems, or environmental change approaches
Experience in at least one of the following: infant and child feeding, nutrition, obesity
Experience conducting statistical analyses with statistical software systems such as: SAS, SPSS, Stata or R

To apply, click HERE.


ORISE Fellowship, CDC

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available with the Nutrition Branch, in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

This project will provide training in the area of maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, complementary feeding, micronutrients, and the development of healthy dietary patterns. The research participant will collaborate with others to synthesize the science, identify research and surveillance gaps, and translate the science into public health actions for different aspects of nutrition in pregnancy and through the first two years of life.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following research activities:

Building public health skills in research, synthesis, translation, and dissemination of evidence on social, environmental, and policy factors related to maternal and child nutrition. The majority of the research focuses on pregnancy through two years of age
Contributing to the development of guidance documents and written reports with an emphasis on environmental and policy strategies to help address critical factors related to a healthy pregnancy, support for breastfeeding and optimal early child nutrition in clinical settings, childcare settings, and state public health systems
Analyzing data and contributing to the development of translation products on maternal and child nutrition
Synthesizing information and communicating with partners and to the general public
Focused learning on gestational weight gain, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, micronutrient status, and the establishment of healthy dietary patterns that will help inform the development of a comprehensive DNPAO strategic plan on maternal and child nutrition
Participating in interdisciplinary groups and interacting with experts including public health nutritionists, health education specialists, evaluation specialists, maternal and pediatric health care providers, and epidemiologists
Conducting systematic reviews of the scientific literature on the health effects of multiple health behaviors and practices during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life
Analyzing data and contributing to manuscripts on key topics related to maternal and child nutrition; reviewing data for indicators to be included in DNPAO’s interactive data portal
Contributing to the preparation of briefing documents on policy and program for review by public health leaders, policy makers, hospital administrators, etc.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 27, 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.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Foodborne Epidemiologist I, closes 6/14

Category : Alumni

Job Description:
With direction from the Epidemiologist III team leader, performs moderately complex investigative and consultative epidemiological work in the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch. Collects, analyzes, interprets, and distributes epidemiological data on notifiable enteric diseases in Texas. Monitors the statewide surveillance system and consults with local and regional health department staff on case reports in the system; oversees year-end cleanup of data. Provides telephonic and electronic technical consultations to public health professionals, healthcare providers, and the general public on the epidemiology of enteric pathogens. Assists local and regional health department partners with investigations of single cases and clusters of enteric illnesses, and also assists these partners during outbreak investigations. Monitors the Texas data for the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS), ensuring the quality and completeness of the data as assigned. Prepares public health information, training materials, and investigative tools for foodborne disease surveillance and investigation. Prepares written articles for publication. Serves as a team member in the State Medical Operation Center (SMOC) or State Operations Center (SOC) in the event of a natural or man-made emergency requiring DSHS or State of Texas response. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

(50%) Conducts surveillance activities: Monitors the statewide surveillance system for case reports on select enteric pathogens; assists and provides consultation to local and regional health department staff on data entry, case classification, and other aspects of case investigations; conducts some data entry; ensures data quality, reviews and approves or rejects notifications, and oversees year-end data cleanup in the system. Coordinates surveillance activities and maintains databases within the Branch for assigned conditions Creates patient line listings using Microsoft Excel to track information on investigations. Using Microsoft Excel, creates charts and graphs. Retrieves data from the Department’s laboratory information management system (Labware). Coordinates and assists with the collection of information for investigation forms for assigned conditions, and provides investigation forms for cases to state and federal regulatory partners. Working with Branch staff, ensures data entry instructions and procedures for reporting enteric diseases are available. Analyzes and interprets epidemiological data, including laboratory results such as whole genome sequencing (WGS), on reportable enteric diseases. Assists in establishing and implementing activities to improve surveillance for enteric diseases. Assists local and regional health department partners with investigations of single cases and clusters of enteric illnesses, and makes recommendations for prevention and control of foodborne illnesses.

(25%) Epidemiologic studies and outbreak investigations: Participates in infectious disease outbreak investigations by conducting activities often including outbreak detection and dissemination of information to local and regional health department partners, case finding, abstracting of medical data from hospital and medical records, designing or modifying questionnaires or report forms, interviewing patients, coordinating collection and transport of clinical and environmental specimens, performing data analysis using EXCEL or other statistical programs, assisting with recommendations for control measures, and assisting in the preparation of written reports. At times, coordinates investigations with other state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Presents results at state public health meetings. Creates, maintains, and distributes databases using applications such as Access and EpiInfo.

(20%) Communication and Training: Prepares reports and graphic presentations of surveillance and investigation data using EpiInfo, PowerPoint, Excel, and NEDSS-based system. Prepares and gives oral presentations. Assists in the development of disease fact sheets and press bulletins. Assists in preparing articles for publication in journals and for the web. Reviews scientific literature as appropriate. Provides telephonic and electronic technical consultations to public health professionals, healthcare providers, and the general public on the epidemiology of enteric pathogens and their prevention and control Promotes particiption by public health system in the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS).

(5%) Other duties as Assigned include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligation for disaster response and/or recovery of Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternative shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
• Knowledge of infectious diseases and epidemiology
• Knowledge of the principles and methods of biostatistics and epidemiology, medical terminology, current public health programs
• Knowledge of microbiological laboratory procedures including PFGE and PCR
• Knowledge of public health and the natural history of infectious diseases
• Knowledge of the epidemiology of enteric infectious diseases
• Ability to conduct disease surveillance
• Ability to devise and develop solutions
• Ability to organize, manipulate, and maintain complex data files
• Ability to present statistical and technical data clearly and concisely
• Ability to work effectively with regional and local health department personnel, private physicians, hospital staff, laboratory staff, and the public
• Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to field staff
• Ability to interview patients to collect clinical and exposure information
• Ability to abstract clinical and laboratory data from patient medical charts
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Ability to develop and deliver presentations
• Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data
• Ability to analyze and evaluate empirical data and develop graphic and written interpretations and conclusions
• Ability to interpret laboratory findings, physical signs/symptoms, and diagnostic test results

For more information and to apply, click HERE.