Monthly Archives: August 2019

PROspective: New career blog in the Confounder

Category : PROspective

Starting this Fall, The Confounder is launching a brand new epidemiology career-focused section called PROspective: 

In epidemiology, prospective study designs are about understanding the path from exposure to outcome in the real world. PROspective, our new section of the Confounder, exposes epidemiologists-in-training to soft skills, career hacks, and pretty much everything else that you won’t find in the classroom. We’ll be inviting the PROs themselves – current epidemiologists in the workforce – to share their perspectives and advice on navigating the nuances and challenges inherent in epidemiology work and at public health organizations. PROspective is about sharing the tools and practices that will boost your career to the next level.

In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for our new section and let us know what you think! 

Thanks for your continued support!

The Confounder Team

 

Are you interested in contributing to PROspective? Fill out the form below!


CDC Data Analysis Fellowship, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available with the Prevention Research and Translation Branch, within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCBDDD’s mission is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and enhance the potential for full, productive living. Joining the Prevention Research and Translation Branch, the participant will collaborate with the Prenatal Alcohol, Opioid, and Substance Exposure team on various analytical projects, literature reviews, and program assessments. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following opportunities:

Participating in the development and reporting/analysis of prevalence estimates of various substances, which may include data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), HealthStyles, DocStyles, National Drug Use and Health Survey (NDUHS), MarketScan or grantee reports
Reviewing scientific literature for studies demonstrating sustainable strategies for supporting alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) and other substances in public and private practice settings, examining economic analyses related to substance use, and identifying best practices related to infants exposed to prenatal substance use

Collaborating with CDC staff and grantees to promote and advance practice and systems change around provision of alcohol SBI among targeted provider groups

Contributing to a project with front-line staff in the Child Welfare System to assess current screening efforts used to assess prenatal alcohol and substance use among children entering that system

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 June 2019. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Background in biostatistics or epidemiology, as well as maternal and child health
Experience in qualitative and quantitative research
Experience conducting scientific literature searches

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


CDC Statistics Fellowship, due 8/30

Category : Alumni

Description
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Prevention Research Team of the Prevention Research and Translation Branch in the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCBDDD’s mission is to promote the health of babies, children and adults and to enhance the potential for full, productive living.

The fellowship will provide an excellent training opportunity for a doctoral or master’s degree fellow to gain experience conducting public health practice in various statistical analysis projects. The fellow will be involved in analyzing qualitative and quantitative datasets and present findings at meetings and/or conferences (domestic and foreign).

The broad range of analytic projects that the fellow will be exposed to would include, but not be limited to:

Analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Analysis of genetic and epigenetic data (Illumina 450K) from folic acid intervention studies
Analysis of genetic polymorphisms and the response to folic acid intake
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 be currently pursuing or have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

Knowledge about analyzing data using SAS, SPSS and/or SUDAAN
Familiarity with managing and analyzing large data sets from complex survey designs
Knowledge with R and large data sets
Familiarity with Bayesian analyses
Comfortable with conducting analyses in nutritional epidemiology and/or genetics
Understanding about conducting scientific literature reviews
Knowledge about producing technical/scientific reports, presentations, and/or manuscripts
Excellent oral and written communication skills

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Vaccine Dinner Club

 Join the 3,100+ member Vaccine Dinner Club (VDC), a group that gathers on the Emory campus the 1st Wednesday evening of the month (usually) for wine and cheese, an excellent science talk, and a buffet dinner.  Membership in and attendance at VDC meetings is free and it is an excellent opportunity to network. Every month the lecture covers a new topic. More information can be found on their website

Check your Emory email for the invitation to join the club. Alternatively, you can click HERE to register for the next dinner and HERE to register for the list serve. 

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6pm. The lecture is entitled, “Contagion! How Biosafety Level 4 Labs Help Save the World from High-Consequence Pathogens”


Student Academic Services Administrator – Rollins School of Public Health, Epidemiology

Category : Alumni

The Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) is one of seven graduate professional schools at Emory University and one of the fastest growing schools of public health in the country. Ranked #5 of CEPH Accredited Schools of Public Health by U.S. News and World Report, RSPH is a young, dynamic institution with over 1200 graduate professional students, 170 doctoral students and over 200 full-time faculty. The Department of Epidemiology is the largest of seven Departments and Program in the Rollins School of Public Health with 280 MPH and MSPH students and 60 doctoral students at any one time.

 

The Department of Epidemiology seeks an Associate Director of Academic Programs (ADAP) to join our motivated team. This position is critical to the Department’s mission to prepare the next generation of influential public health professionals. In this highly visible role, the ADAP is an ambassador of our Departmental values of rigor, integrity, collegiality, and ambition. The ADAP works closely with both Departmental leadership and RSPH Student Services to provide excellent advising of students related to curriculum, applied practice experiences, and integrative learning experiences. The ADAP monitors student progress, interprets policies, and advises both students and faculty. Collaborating with the MPH Director of Graduate Studies and the MPH Admissions Committee, the ADAP coordinates admissions processes within the Department and is often the first point of contact for prospective students.

 

Specific Responsibilities of the ADAP include:

  • Advising up to 150 MPH and MSPH students on curricular requirements.
  • Planning events such as orientation, poster symposiums, pre-registration advising seminars, and departmental seminars for Masters students.
  • Collaborate with department leadership to create and confirm course offerings including identifying and assigning teaching assistants.
  • Represent the Department of Epidemiology on school-wide committees (RSPH Education Committee and Student Leadership Team) and serve on Departmental committees such as MPH Program Committee, PhD Program Committee, and both MPH and PhD Admissions Committees.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Admissions to enhance the Department’s presence and communication for prospective and admitted students’ via website, brochures, webinars, live sessions, and in-person events.
  • Supervise graduate research assistantships and social media presence including Instagram (RollinsEPILife), Twitter (@EmoryEPI), and The Confounder (ScholarBlog).
  • Additional opportunities to support the doctoral program and certificate programs are possible.
  • Prepares, reviews, and routes masters applications for faculty review in Slate; processes final admissions decisions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the department’s area of specialty or other related field.
  • Five years of experience related to student admissions, advising, financial aid, registration or a related field.
  • Experience with various personal computer software packages.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five plus years of experience in advising and/or administration in a university environment, preferably within a graduate or professional school.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to navigate complex situations.
  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with curriculum development, course development and/or course/curriculum evaluation.
  • Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology or a related field.
  • Experience in PeopleSoft, learning management systems (Canvas).
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.

To apply, click HERE.


Jena Black: ADAP Extraordinaire

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

To kick off the new semester, the Confounder Team wants to recognize someone at the heart of our work – someone, without whom, the Confounder (and so much more) would never have been possible.

No one encapsulates the slogan #IamEmoryEPI better than our longtime EPI ADAP – Jena Black. As Jena takes up a new position with the Admissions and Student Services Department next week, we wanted to show our appreciation for this tireless student advocate, strategic thinker, and unwavering optimist.

Behind the scenes, Jena has orchestrated countless events and brokered connections that have steadily influenced and improved the department’s academic mission, moving it towards becoming an inclusive, inspired, and engaged community – giving true meaning and purpose to the phrase #IamEmoryEPI.

Jena is living proof to the rest of us that true leadership can have an impact at any level of an organization. This impact is no secret – alumni of this program value Jena’s contributions decades after graduating: she is known for her poignant guidance and her ability to create connections to foster new and long-lasting collaborations. 

 

From all of us at The Confounder and the EPI Department, thank you Jena for everything you do. We will miss you in the department, and wish you well in your new school-wide role!


Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities

The Southeast PEHSU and Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc. invites university students from a variety of disciplines to participate in our 15th Annual Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities training program 2019-2020 that focuses on social, economic and environmental influences on children’s health, growth and development.

Children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage are at greater risk for exposure to adverse environmental factors and are more likely to suffer adverse health and developmental consequences. Break the Cycle supports an interdisciplinary set of student-driven research projects that explore the social, economic and environmental factors that adversely affect children’s health and wellbeing, and creatively develop strategies to reverse this situation to promote improved health and well-being for this group of children and, thereby, Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities.

Students are required to work with academic mentors from their respective university programs to submit a proposal on how they would develop a project to Break the Cycle. All proposals will be reviewed, and a limited number will be selected based on relevance to the cycle of environmental health disparities, creativity, feasibility, and strength of the project plan. Those selected will have the opportunity to work with the Break the Cycle faculty and with other students from around the country and internationally, to see the project to completion and present their research results and findings at an annual conference in Atlanta scheduled for the spring of 2020. There will be monthly conference calls to review projects and provide perspectives and guidance on the projects. During these conference calls, faculty and students will have the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with their counterparts in other disciplines at other universities. Students will also be required to write a scientific paper on their project which will be published in an international peer-review journal as well as a chapter in a book.

Since the inception of the Break the Cycle program in 2004-2005, have we partnered with over 30 different university departments in 11 States in the USA as well as internationally, and have supported research for over 100 students. We have had 10 monographs published in international journals and 10 books. In 2012 we conducted a survey of past students who rated their experience with Break the Cycle valuable, and many continued to pursue careers related to their Break the Cycle projects.

We invite students to submit a proposal abstract (form enclosed) by September 20th, 2019. Proposals received will be reviewed by a Break the Cycle panel and decisions of the panel will be communicated to all applicants by October 4th, 2019. We are looking forward to working with students and their mentors on the 15th annual Break the Cycle program and making this year another great success. Costs of travel and lodging for the student and faculty mentor to the annual conference will be supported by Break the Cycle. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at lrubi01 [at] emory [dot] edu or our Project Coordinator, Nathan Mutic at nathan [dot] mutic [at] emory [dot] edu and we will be happy to discuss potential projects with you.

If you are interested, click HERE for another resource.


MMP Data Manager/Analyst, Georgia DPH

Category : Alumni

The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the State of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population.

The agency is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of MMP Data Manager/Data Analyst within the Division of Health Protection, Epidemiology Section.

Georgia Medical Monitoring Project (GA MMP) is an HIV surveillance project coordinated nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and conducted locally by Georgia DPH. It involves collecting behavioral and clinical information on individuals living with HIV through interviews and chart abstraction. Perinatal HIV exposure surveillance is also an activity coordinated by CDC, and is a critical tool for the elimination of mother-child transmission of HIV in Georgia.

Job Responsibilities
Under the leadership of MMP Team Leader, and of the Director of HIV Epidemiology, the incumbent will share their time between the MMP and perinatal HIV exposure surveillance.

MMP data management duties include:

Pulling the sample from the HIV Surveillance registry.
Organizing the sample according to specified characteristics.
Securely tracking and storing interviews.
Transmitting encrypted data sets to CDC through the Data Coordinating Center (DCC).
Responding to data quality queries from the DCC.
Monitoring a set of quality assurance parameters.
Database matching and merging using SQL, LinkPlus, and other software and dataset preparation using SAS.
MMP data analysis and dissemination duties include:
Conducting a variety of data analysis to inform local prevention and care activities.
Preparing surveillance reports and fact sheets.
Making presentations to community partners and stakeholders and at conferences, and working with a variety of collaborators.
Perinatal HIV exposure data analysis responsibilities include:
Preparing analyzing data on mother-baby pairs where mother is HIV positive to identify both successes and gaps in prevention.
Collaborating with the HIV Prevention program help guide prevention priorities and evaluate impact of programmatic activities.
Disseminating the data to stakeholders.
MMP-related duties are expected to take up approximately two thirds of the incumbent’s time.
Minimum Qualifications
Completion of a Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Statistics or Computer Science or a closely related field AND Two years of experience analyzing data, using statistical software packages, and writing reports;
OR
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree AND Three years of experience performing epidemiological work or work in a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess 3 or more of the following:

One year of SAS programming experience or Base SAS certification.
Previous experience conducting data management functions.
Experience analyzing weighted data.
Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines.
Previous experience working with medical data.
Previous experience with relational databases.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


CDC Data Management Fellowship, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD)

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD), Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

DSEPD’s mission is to improve health outcomes through a competent, sustainable, and empowered public health workforce. Our programs include fellowships and student programs, training and continuing education for health professionals, and activities for students and teachers interested in learning about public health.

The main purpose of this research opportunity is to strengthen management and evaluation of our programs by using DSEPD’s Electronic Fellowship Management System (eFMS). eFMS collects application data from hundreds of candidates interested in our programs each year. DSEPD seeks to better use eFMS data to support the selection processes. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant should expect to gain data management, analytical, communications, and problem-solving skills. This fellowship will offer the opportunity to learn about and obtain hands-on experience in the following activities:

· Contribute to the implementation and coordination of all aspects of the selection process for fellowships and student program within the Epidemiology Workforce Branch, such as Epidemiology Elective Program, Laboratory Leadership Service, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service

· Coordinate and collaborate with DSEPD program staff and leadership to identify priority improvements and additions to the division’s fellowship management system

· Participate in the development of approaches to effectively manage and access data stored in the fellowship management system

· Implement changes to information collected through the division’s fellowship management system, collaborating with division fellowship programs and system managers

· Contribute to the development of dashboards and other data visualization activities to transform large data into useful, real-time information

· Collaborate with DSEPD program evaluation staff to integrate fellowship exit surveys and evaluation reporting into the fellowship management system

· Contribute to the development of standard operating procedures and other support for using the fellowship management system

This position includes a $1,500 professional development stipend that the fellow can use for training, conferences, or other professional development activities. The fellow will also be given the opportunity to participate in HHS and CDC training programs, including training activities and DSEPD fellow’s community of practice, and will be expected to attend technical seminars and presentations held throughout the fellowship period.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


ORISE, CDC One Health Office

Category : Alumni

A research opportunity is currently available at the One Health Office, within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The One Health Office recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. It is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels—with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

The selected participant will gain experience in the field of infectious and zoonotic diseases, specifically those that involve the animal-human interface and One Health. The specific projects involve epidemiologic, programmatic, and educational projects related to the prevention and control of zoonoses (including One Health Disease Prioritization Workshops), and contributing to the development of guidance for use by human and animal health partners that can enhance surveillance, response, and prevention of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance.

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

· Contributing to One Health activities related to animal-human interface issues, emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic preparedness, and outbreak response

· Conducting systematic reviews and literature searches to support the development of evidence- based recommendations related to zoonoses and One Health

· Primary and secondary data abstraction, interpretation, analysis, and synthesis

· Maintaining accurate records of process-specific objectives, timelines, outcomes, and deliverables

· Contributing to the development of One Health frameworks

· Writing and editing summary of evidence documents and prevention recommendations

· Collaborating with One Health groups (both internal and external to CDC), professional human and animal health societies, local, state and city health departments, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations

· Contributing to the development of data collection systems for One Health activities

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by September 30, 2019. Degree must have been received within the last five years. Candidates with extensive experience in veterinary medicine are preferred.

Preferred skills: Basic skills in oral and written communication, and experience with writing and editing of documents

· Competency in quality management system procedures and database software (Adobe Professional, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access)

· Knowledge and experience in web-based analysis tools

· Ability to search and assess scientific literature

For more information and to apply, Click HERE.