Monthly Archives: July 2019

Research Assistant, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry

Category : Alumni

Job Details
Description
The main responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Participation in the development of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, which includes management of expert panels, collaboration with the ADA library in conducting search strategies, citation management, critical appraisal of clinical studies, data abstraction, data analysis, writing and submission of manuscripts, and collaboration informing dissemination strategies.

Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of 3 years of experience in/with investigating and analyzing scientific studies and preparing scientific manuscripts, in particular, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines.

Previous experience critically appraising clinical studies; and analyzing articles published in peer-reviewed dental and medical journals.
Must have the ability to contribute to evidence synthesis projects and clinical practice guideline documents, develop and maintain professional internal and external relationships, coordinate and pursue multiple projects and deadlines, independently and simultaneously; and critically analyze and evaluate data to draw sound conclusions, decisions, and recommendations.

Must have excellent communication and project management skills.
Must have knowledge of evidence synthesis methods, with a strong background in statistics.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
Proficient in EndNote (or similar reference software)

Highly Desirable Skills:  Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics or another of the health or life sciences that includes training in experimental design and statistics.
Knowledge of statistical packages (e.g. SPSS).
Previous experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Community Benefit Practicum – Food as Medicine, Grady

Grady’s Community Benefit team is responsible for the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and develops the strategy to implement the resulting Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Two of our top priorities are diabetes and hypertension. Using the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) framework, Grady works to enable healthy behaviors and improve care coordination to both prevent and manage these chronic conditions.

In 2017, Grady established the Food as Medicine (FAM) Partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Open Hand Atlanta to address food access and chronic disease among Grady patients, employees and the greater community. Through this partnership, Grady will be opening a FAM Center at Grady Memorial Hospital which will include a Food Pharmacy, Teaching Kitchen, and Farmers Market. Grady is looking for two students to assist with implementation and evaluation of FAM programming including the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program, Fresh Food Carts at Grady’s Brookhaven clinic, FAM volunteer opportunities, employee wellness efforts, and grant reporting requirements.

Responsibilities

The practicum students will work directly with Grady’s Community Benefit Manager in the Strategic Planning and Business Development Department. Tasks may include:

· Assist with data collection, entry and analysis for FVRx program surveys and clinical data

· Support patient engagement in FVRx

· Support FAM volunteer recruitment, onboarding and training

· Coordinate volunteer schedules and field volunteer inquiries

· Participate in FAM Center and Fresh Food Cart volunteer activities in order to refine roles, responsibilities, and training needs

· Continue development of employee engagement opportunities related to FAM and develop evaluation plan based on selected strategies

· Assist with required FAM reporting for research and philanthropic grants

Timeline

The practicum may take place over one or two semesters. The Food as Medicine Center is expected to open in October 2019.

Grady Health System Requirements

Students will be expected to complete a background check, drug screening, and health clearance through the ACEMAPP platform at their own expense (estimated cost is $100-150).

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Public Health Program Associate, PRISM

Category : Alumni

We are seeking a highly organized Public Health Program Associate to support the iTech project. iTech is a 5-year project housed within the PRISM Health research group in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health Emory University.

This project, currently in its fourth year, is a collaboration between Emory University and University of North Carolina. The UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology (iTech) aims to lower the burden of HIV infection by developing and evaluating innovative, interdisciplinary research on technology-based interventions (utilizing mobile apps) across the HIV prevention and care continuum for at-risk or infected youth aged 15-24 years in the United States.

This role will require overseeing study activities in an effective, detailed, organized and efficient manner. Responsibilities include but are not limited to participant recruitment, enrollment and retention, liaising with study partners, performing data analysis and representing studies during project meetings.

Under limited supervision, uses basic knowledge of public health principles to participate in recruitment activities of assigned studies, assist with the maintenance of the studies’ recruitment strategy and protocol.

Enter and manage participant data in various systems including participant set up, messaging, incentive payments, randomization and app account set-ups.
Oversee study retention using the SMART participant management system; develop and maintain study retention strategies through routine participant communication.
Contribute to the development and maintenance of study protocols, forms, questionnaires and documentation.
Work closely with the data management team to ensure accuracy and validity of data along with a smooth study flow; update weekly reports for team distribution.
Collaborate with outside organizations for more targeted recruitment efforts.
Attend recruitment related events, potentially outside of regular business hours and/or on weekends.
Attend all scheduled supervisory, department and study meetings.
Performs related responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

A master’s degree in public health, a master’s of science degree in public health or health education, or a master’s in development practice from an accredited school.

Preferred Qualifications:

Communication/Teamwork

Excellent verbal and written communication skills demonstrated through contribution to a manuscript or report or draft thesis
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and interact with diverse team members
Demonstrated ability to work independently, completing tasks with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to multitask and to prioritize assignments so that project deliverables are completed on time
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong organizational skills
Exceptional attention to detail
Critical and analytical thinking abilities
Prior Experience

Experience working in HIV/AIDS research or in HIV/AIDS prevention in community settings
Familiarity with communities of gay, bisexual, same gender loving, and other men who have sex with men
Experience in data management
Ability to communicate using various platforms such as text, email, social media, and phone
Ability to work independently with keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills

To apply, click HERE.


Street Medicine Volunteer Oppertunity

Street Medicine is now accepting volunteer applications! Street Medicine is the result of a partnership between Health Students Taking Action Together (H-STAT) and Mercy Care Hospital, and it involves pairing allied health students with a mobile Street Medicine team to provide the unsheltered of Atlanta with psychiatric and primary care. It’s an amazing opportunity for students who are interested in using their clinical skills to give back to the Atlanta community. We are now accepting applications for a new round of volunteers to come out and work with us!

If you are interested and you fit the criteria below, please turn in an application! If you have already applied before, you can send a truncated version of the essay answers.

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Want to volunteer with Street Medicine?

Health Students Taking Action Together, Inc. partners with Mercy Care to provide allied health student volunteers with an opportunity to work as a part of a Street Medicine team. The Street Medicine program provides primary care and psychiatric services to those living unsheltered in downtown Atlanta by traveling to these communities and offering on-site care. In addition to two student volunteers, this team includes a peer-outreach specialist who is well connected to the daily ‘heartbeat’ of the homeless community, one or more clinicians, and an RN/administrator to ensure that the evening runs smoothly.

In order to volunteer for Street Medicine, you must:

be currently in or have completed at least one clinical rotation in your graduate program prior to the start of your volunteer month (e.g. If your first clinical rotation is in August, you can apply for the months of September forward)
be able to serve on 4 to 5 consecutive Mondays (5:45-10:00pm), Tuesday (2:45-7:00pm), Wednesday (2:45-7:00pm), or Thursday (1:30-5:30pm)
submit a short application by 11:59p on Friday, 07/26/19.

Attend a MANDATORY training session on either:
Thursday 8/08/19 from 6:30p-8:30p
Thursday 8/15/19 from 6:30p-8:30p
Students who have previously attended a Street Medicine orientation are excused, but there are otherwise NO exceptions.

Please be sure to submit your application on time. Feel free to email Suhaib Abaza (suhaib [at] Healthstatgeorgia [dot] org) with any questions!

To apply, click HERE

To learn more about Mercy Care, click HERE.


Community Benefit Practicum – Walk the Line, Grady

Grady’s Community Benefit team is responsible for the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and develops the strategy to implement the resulting Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Two of our top priorities are diabetes and hypertension. Using the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) framework, Grady works to enable healthy behaviors to both prevent and manage these chronic conditions.

In 2017, Grady launched a community-based wellness program, Walk the Line, in partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine. The goal of the program is to reduce chronic disease risk factors among residents of neighborhoods adjacent to the BeltLine. During this ten week program, participants walk on the trail, learn from health experts, share healthy meals, receive health coaching, and build relationships with residents who have similar health goals. Grady is looking for two students to assist with implementation and evaluation of Walk the Line.

Responsibilities

The practicum students will work directly with Grady’s Community Benefit Manager in the Strategic Planning and Business Development Department. Tasks may include:

· Coordinate weekly WTL schedule including guest speakers, participant materials, and health coach communication

· Lead participant recruitment and enrollment

· Assist with development of program curriculum and participant resources

· Collect and analyze participant data related to health knowledge, behaviors, and outcomes

· Draft communications materials and reports

· Serve as a health coach for program participants

Schedule permitting, the practicum student may assist with other Community Benefit initiatives; these may include:

· Draft Community Benefit communications materials or reports

· Research best practices to inform Grady’s CHIP

· Support Grady’s Food as Medicine program implementation or evaluation

Timeline

The practicum may take place over one or two semesters. Grady has two sessions of Walk the Line planned: fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Grady Health System Requirements

Students will be expected to complete a background check, drug screening, and health clearance through the ACEMAPP platform at their own expense (estimated cost is $100-150).

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What can a REAL student do for you?

Category : Alumni

The Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program provides partners with the opportunity to hire an experienced graduate student for a fraction of the cost. Rollins School of Public Health pays 50% of the student’s salary and you pay the remaining 50%. REAL students are exceptional employees. Contributing master’s level education, analytical and research skills as well as transferable program development skills that can be utilized within various industries or organizations. From writing grant proposals to analyzing data, REAL students have skills applicable beyond public health.


Inside APE: Cassie Kersten & CDC Pandemic Influenza Preparedness

Category : #IamEmoryEPI , GLEPI

This week for #InsideAPE, we sat down with Cassie Kersten, rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student to talk about her work this summer as Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response ORISE Fellow at the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Community Interventions for Infection Control Unit in Atlanta.

Tell us about your APE project.

For my project, I am collaborating with the Division of Adolescent and School Health to examine the presence of policies and procedures in public school districts that would facilitate the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in the case of a pandemic. By examining these factors in relation with geographic region, urbanicity, district enrollment size, and socioeconomic status indicators, we hope to identify opportunities for improving pandemic preparedness and response plans in school districts.

How did you find your APE project?

I was hired by this unit during my first year at Rollins as a REAL student to maintain an up-to-date database on school closures and to work on a social media project. Since it was going so well, I decided to talk with my supervisor about the summer and ask if they would be willing to let me continue– which they were!

What has the experience been like so far?

I’ve really enjoyed being at the CDC full-time and getting to experience all the inner workings of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine as a fellow public health professional. Recently, after there was an Ebola case in Uganda that spread from the DRC, I was able to listen in to a conference call where people on the ground were explaining the situation and all the plans they have ready for response and risk mitigation– which was really interesting! Another time, I was invited to share in “Rabies Cake” and mingle with people working in a few different CDC units to celebrate publication of the June Vital Signs report on rabies.


Cassie Kersten is a rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student with research interests related to infectious disease epidemiology, health security, and emergency preparedness. She is co-president of the Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT), through which she works directly with local boards of health and gets to further explore areas of potential research interest. 


Free Resources for Learning R

There are many free courses and resources available to learn R. Follow the links below to explore some of the resources available.

For a list of courses, click HERE and HERE.


Recent Publications Page

Category : News/Events

Check out the updated lists of publications from the Epidemiology Department at our new Recent Publications page!


Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE) Certificate

All current and incoming students interested in the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE) Certificate are strongly encouraged to attend this virtual event. Please see below for more details about how to attend.

For all questions, please contact cheinfo [at] emory [dot] edu.

Join us for a live interactive panel conversation with the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies. This session will provide an overview of the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE) Certificate.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM EST

We will review certificate requirements, application processes and deadlines, and frequently asked questions. The session will be presented by Lara Martin and Carrie Ripkey, two former CHE Certificate students who now work with the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory.

To join, Click HERE.

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