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MCH Training and Research Opportunities

Category : News/Events

Check out this month’s alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development on training and research opportunities below or on their website!






Potential APE/Thesis Project

There is a project on rural health and healthcare-related transportation for Medicaid recipients. The goal is to improve rural health service access and improve healthcare provider accountability. 

Interested students can contact Dr. Judith Wold – EMAIL: judywold [at] mac [dot] com

2022 Human Genomics and Public Health Fellowship Program

Category : Alumni

Multiple research fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health (OGPPH) and other CDC Programs in human genomics and public health and health equity.

CDC’s Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health (OGPPH) mission is to identify, inform and integrate evidence-based human genomics and precision health applications to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases. OGPPH offers a variety of initiatives and projects, while conducting applied research in a fast-paced environment. Under the guidance of a mentor in OGPPH and various Centers, Institutes and Offices throughout CDC, the participant will train on opportunities that may include

  • Contributing to projects that aim to incorporate or enhance the use of human genomics in existing public health programs, including public health surveillance and applied research
  • Participating in data analysis and evaluation of ongoing CDC initiatives in human genomics and public health
  • Conducting systematic reviews of the literature on the use of human genomics in public health
  • Contributing to the development, execution and analysis of health equity science projects in human genomics and public health
  • Contributing to the development of scientific abstracts, blog posts, web pages, and scientific papers on human genomics and public health

Learning objectives

  • Learning public health approaches and health equity principles for applying human genomics to public health programs
  • Learning to conduct systematic reviews for topics related to the use of human genomics in public health
  • Learning data analysis, synthesis and evaluation in the integration of human genomics in public health
  • Learning health communication approaches about the use of human genomics in public health
  • Learning laboratory science methods for the use of human genomics in public health

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Through 2022 (starting June 1, 2022)


Qualified candidates should have received a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. behavioral science, communication, social science, bioinformatics, laboratory science, data science, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, human genetics and genomics). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

If you have any questions, please reach out to genetics [at] cdc [dot] gov.

To apply, please visit the ORISE Research Opportunities website.

Homelessness and Health Among Veterans, May 24

Category : News/Events

This is a live webinar scheduled for May 24, 2022 from 12 – 1:30 pm ET.

Veterans experience higher rates of both homelessness and suicide compared with their non-Veterans peers. In addition, Veterans experiencing adverse social determinants of health—such as homelessness—are at increased risk of suicide and other poor health outcomes. In this webinar, Dr. Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Associate Professor at the UAB School of Public Health, will explore the concept of homelessness and housing instability generally and experiences among Veterans specifically. We will discuss how homelessness is defined and enumerated, pathways into homelessness, trajectories of homelessness, and multi-level interventions to prevent and end homelessness. We will also explore the intersection among homelessness (and other adverse social determinants of health), Veterans’ use of tailored services to address these needs, and their experience of particular health conditions and outcomes, including suicide ideation, attempt, and death.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the experience of homelessness among Veterans.
  • Identify interventions to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans.
  • Describe the association between the use of tailored services to address adverse social determinants of health and Veterans’ risk of suicide mortality.

Click here to register.

Potential Polling Volunteer Opportunities

Category : News/Events

Here are polling volunteer opportunities happening now and coming up, please feel free to volunteer. 
DeKalb County needs poll workers for Election Day. Find the Information and Application At this Link –> 
This link has information on the application process and the requirements for a polling official. If you live in an adjacent county that already has sufficient poll workers, you can also apply to work the polls in DeKalb.  
Fulton County Follow this link to apply for poll worker opportunities in Fulton County
General Poll Worker in GA Here is a link to Secure the Vote for other poll worker opportunities in GA.
That might be a special opportunity for international students who are interested to be an observer of US elections but who can’t vote or be a certified poll worker. 

Million Hearts ORISE Position

Category : Alumni

The types of activities or experiences may include: 

·         Be part of a project management team, supporting the implementation of short term and long term programs

·         Writing summaries of findings, articles, meeting notes, government reports

·         Developing slides, tools and other materials suitable for publication on the Million Hearts® website, or as handouts for meetings, etc.  

·         Conducting literature reviews

·         Presenting results or explaining programs to internal and external audiences, including professional meetings and/or conferences

·         Facilitating and leading meetings and calls with internal staff and partners

·         Develop and sustain key partnerships 

The participants will gain:

·         Increased knowledge and application of public health principles in a national initiative

·         Increased knowledge of cardiovascular health and strategies to impact cardiovascular health

·         Improved meeting facilitation and speaking skills

·         Insights into program management at a national and project level

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields (Life and Medical Sciences, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

·         Good oral and written communication skills

·         Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

·         Creative thinking 

·         Strong team player who performs equally well independently 

·         Thrives in a team environment

·         Fast learner

The opening is immediate.  Apply at Zintellect – Climb Higher

SOC 531 Sociological Aspects of Health and Illness

This course will provide graduate students with a survey of research on the social origins of the health, illness, and health care of individuals and populations. Students will be introduced to the process of formulating important social research questions in health and illness, including attention to major theoretical perspectives, measurement of concepts, the merits of various study designs, and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis.

The course meets in Tarbutton Hall 206

Tuesday 9:00am-11:50am  

NOTE: Course Atlas says the course meets from 8:00 to 11:00 but that is not correct.

See syllabus attached below.

SOC 531 Syllabus 2020

Data Governance Coordinator, Fund for Public Health in NYC

Category : Alumni

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


The DOHMH Bureau of Epidemiology Services, Data Governance, and Informatics Unit seeks a Data Governance Coordinator for the departments authorized access and use of Electronic Health Records, as part of a CDC-funded Data Modernization Initiative (DMI). The goal of DMI is to streamline and improve data access and sharing within and outside of the agency by increasing interoperability and efficiencies among the agencys different data systems. HIPAA protected Electronic Health Records maintained by NYS Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), may be used for public health purpose as outlined in the Statewide Health Information Network for New York governance policies. Use of these confidential data require a governance framework. As a data-driven Health Department with expanding digital assets, we have a growing need to put the right people, processes and policies in place to protect data privacy and confidentiality while analysts use these data to deliver real-time, high-quality information on both infectious and non-infectious health risks to our constituents. The Data Governance Coordinator for electronic health records, under the Data Governance and Informatics Unit Director, will develop, implement and maintain processes and protocols ensuring the proper governance of electronic health record used for public health activities. The health department use of electronic health records is relatively new and rapidly expanding. Informatics systems to better manage data access and use and improve efficiency are being developed; such systems require corresponding governance processes and policies. This position will work closely with health department electronic health data users, DMI leads, IT developers, Legal, and HIEs suppling electronic health record data to facilitate connected, and sustainable systems that enable authorized data access and use to prevent and manage the citys public health problems.


DOHMH has an opening for one (1) Data Governance Coordinator, Electronic Health Records


  • Engage department stakeholders (electronic health record (EHR) data users, legal, IT and suppliers of electronic health record data-Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO)) and assess the current EHR data governance practices to understand the state of rules and processes for access, storing and using EHR data.
  • Maintain governance tracking and communication systems, training compliance and facilitate use case audits enabling electronic health record authorized data access and use,
  • Liaise with the Health Information Exchange suppliers of electronic health record data managing access and use
  • Liaise with legal ensuring proposed use cases comply with regulations
  • Liaise with programs and IT to ensure policys regarding data lifecycle are maintained
  • Work with IT project manager and Business Analyst in the development of an integrated Data Governance and Use Tracking Database and Interface
  • Inform management of electronic health record use cases, projects and governance developments to facilitate expanding use and coordinated operations.
  • Assess data governance tools available, document operational gaps and engage DMI leads and IT developers to contribute to the DMI roadmap for developing IT governance systems effecting electronic health record data use
  • Document rationale and justification for tools and services needed.
  • Schedule meetings, develop agendas, document project conversations. and follow-up on next steps to ensure completion of all tasks.
  • Prepare written materials to summarize findings for multiple audiences.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in data governance, health compliance and/or in health information and communication technology, preferably with a background in information management, HIPAA and other health privacy and security standards, public health, law and/or specialization in health data governance and its policies.
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in a relevant discipline (information management, public health, law).
  • Ability to run queries in SQL and familiarity with relational database systems
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel formulas and functions (e.g. lookups, pivot tables, conditional formatting)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Highly analytical and effectively able to troubleshoot and prioritize needs, requirements, and other issues.
  • Ability to be pro-active and self-motivated
  • Ability to build strong relationships with teammates, partners, and specialists by fostering teamwork, partnership, and collaboration in a virtual or face-to-face environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.


FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with education and experience.


To apply, send resume, with cover letter, including salary requested and how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

Click here to see position.

Student Worksite Experience Program

We are looking to bring on a student for at least 4-6 months, at about 15-20 hours per week to support the team in reviewing and extracting data from journal articles for the meta-analysis (brief position description is below.) The position is remote but we can arrange for them to come into the office if that is preferable or easier for them.

Student will be responsible for reviewing and extracting data from research manuscripts regarding enteric adenovirus.  Individual data points for each abstract, such as number tested and number positive for adenovirus, will be entered into a REDCap database.  Student will gain an understanding of the epidemiology of enteric viruses, PRISMA meta-analysis methods, and REDCap.  This work will support a meta-analysis of the global prevalence of adenovirus and inform current research into a recent association of enteric adenovirus with severe pediatric hepatitis ( 

Contact Sara Mirza at smirza [at] cdc [dot] gov if interested.

See the MOU and program guide in the attachments below.





Addressing LGBTQ Health Risk and Resilience in the Southeast, May 10

Category : News/Events

This is a live webinar scheduled for May 10, 2022 from 12 – 1:30 pm ET.

Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) face a disproportionate number of structural, programmatic, and individual-level barriers to address their health and wellbeing. LGBTQ communities also have developed incredible resilience and coping mechanisms in response to daily experiences with stigma and discrimination. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah MacCarthy, the first appointed holder of the Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies Endowed Professorship at the UAB School of Public Health, will discuss different terms and concepts related to LGBTQ health, with attention to the ways in which the rapidly changing landscape impacts research and practice. She will also help detail the growing size of LGBTQ communities across the country. Dr. MacCarthy will describe LGBTQ health inequities nationally and highlight the ways in which unique barriers and facilitators impact the Southeast.  Dr. MacCarthy will also identify resources that health departments can use to find evidence-based practices to serve this population.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

    • Define key terms that relate to LGBTQ communities
    • Describe the health inequities experienced across and within LGBTQ communities
    • Describe some of the root causes of health inequities impacting the LGBTQ community
    • Identify resources for evidence-based practices to better serve the public health needs of LGBTQ people

Click here to register!

Upcoming Events

  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar Series February 29, 2024 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Seminar Series Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar SeriesSpeaker: Donglin Zeng, PhDContact Name: Porchia Coleman-ArnoldContact Email: Porchia.Arnold@emory.eduRoom Location: CNR PLAZA - Rollins AuditoriumTitle: Learning Optimal Group-Structured Individualized Treatment Rules
  • Humphrey Fellows Noontime Seminar Series March 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking and Guest Lecture and Seminar Series and Student Event;… Online Location: Type: Networking,Guest Lecture,Seminar Series,Student EventSeries: Noontime SeminarSpeaker: Various Humphrey Fellows - see detailsContact Name: Kris ValerianoContact Email: kvaleri@emory.eduRoom Location: RRR_R809Link: present on a topic pertaining to their home country, culture and/or their work in public health.2.8:Roseline Yah Trokpao Chesson, RN, MPH &Antin Kushnir, MD, MPA2.22:Wendy Umave, BPharm&Abdul Basit, MBBS, MSPH3.7:Waheed Ashgar,…
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