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Undergrad Sociology TA Position, Department of Sociology

Description 

The Emory College Department of Sociology has an opening for an MPH student to serve as a TA for a Fall 2020 undergraduate class (Introduction to Sociology).  TAs are expected to work 10-12 hours per week (more some weeks, less in others).  A TA is needed for SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology. The course meets synchronously online Tues 2:40-3:55PM and there is a second asynchronous session per week.  The instructor is Tony Healy.

Position Details

  • Duties may include attending class; grading of exams and/or papers; proctoring exams; assisting with classroom activities; leading in-class discussion groups; assisting with administrative activities.
  • The pay is $1500 per course, a one-time payment.  If the enrollment reaches 60 (very likely) the pay is increased to $1800.  Course texts are provided.

How to Apply

If you are interested (or might be in a future semester), and to learn more, please contact Ellen Idler, DGS Sociology: eidler [at] emory [dot] edu


Strategy, Policy, & Communications Intern, CDC

Opportunity Description

This is an unpaid internship. Applicants must be current students. This position is located in the National Center for Global Health (CGH), Division of Global HIV, and TB (DGHT), Strategy, Policy, and Communications Branch. This opportunity is remote/telework, with a minimum of 10 hours per week (flexible, based on schedule). 

Scope of Work 

Support writing and editing of content for various Division communication vehicles. Assist in developing and implementing social media strategies. Help coordinate inter-related activities among the various functions of the Branch and serve occasionally as liaison with other Division teams and branches, as well as, with staff from other CDC Centers. Provide response for incoming communications and media requests. Provide graphics and digital media support.

Requirements

  • Excellent social media skills
  • Skills in graphic design and/or digital media
  • Good organizational skills
  • Attention to detail when working with numbers, including lists
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly time-sensitive environment, while ensuring high quality and efficiency
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professionals within CDC and with external organizations
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with varying tasking, short turnaround times, and meet or exceed all deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize work
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to efficiently use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), and SharePoint
  • Demonstrates initiative on assignments and projects, and proactively tackles responsibilities
  • Ability to produce accurate documents and materials with little or no supervision

How to Apply

  • Submit resumes via email to the CDC Human Resources Customer Service Helpdesk at HRCS [at] cdc [dot] gov with the subject “SWEP Student Volunteer Program – Strategy, Policy and Communications Intern” no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020.
  • Students selected for interviews will be contacted, and the student(s) selected for participation will be required to complete additional paperwork.

Emory EPI Responds: Hall County Outbreak Response Team

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

The Emory EPI Outbreak Response Team, led by Department Vice Chair Dr. Jodie Guest, has been working diligently this summer to support Hall County’s COVID-19 response through a variety of initiatives. Their efforts have centered around bringing free COVID-19 testing to communities at higher risk of transmission, including Hispanic & Latino poultry plant workers in northeast Georgia and Black communities in rural parts of the state.

 

Earlier this summer, Dr. Guest wrote a PROspective article in which she explained how relationship-building, actively listening to community members, and intentionally soliciting feedback have been essential strategies throughout her career to successfully engage in community partnerships. Despite having no prior connections to Hall County, when the call for assistance came in, she was able to build a successful partnership based on her work in similar communities by finding a shared goal. They are striving to, “change the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in a hard-hit community that already was struggling with generations of disparities and inequities.”

 

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Guest on WABE about the ‘generational Inequities’ the pandemic has exposed across rural Georgia.

 

The Outbreak Response Team also includes eight EPI MPH students. They have spent this summer assisting with testing events at poultry plants in Hall County, doing community outreach to increase COVID-19 awareness, and providing support for families who are struggling during this time. Testing events involve a consenting process; conducting lab tests like nasal swabs, blood spots, and blood draws; and providing educational resources to participants. In May and June their team also worked with the Gainesville City School District to deliver meals and masks to children from lower income families. While delivering meals they also distributed educational flyers and activities for parents and children to learn more ways to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

 

Outbreak Response Team
Top Row
(left to right): Dr. Guest, Alicia Jaramillo-Underwood, Kyle Lester, Molly McAlvaney, Saarav Patel; Bottom Row: Zoe Schneider, Nellie Garlow, Danny Milan, Lisa Chung

 

Despite the challenges of working and communicating with participants in full PPE outside in the hot Georgia summer, this group of students has thoughtfully considered ways to engage with the community and use their public health skills to effectively teach people about prevention strategies. For example, in the last few months many of them have gained a new appreciation for the importance of eye contact and body language when trying to connect with participants while wearing masks.

 

This week we spoke with two members of the outbreak response team about their experiences working at the front line of the pandemic and what they have learned about community-engaged public health work. 

 

Alicia Jaramillo-Underwood

Alicia graduated from Georgetown University in 2010 with a psychology major and Spanish minor. After undergrad, she worked a variety of office jobs in Washington DC and Denver before coming to Rollins.

 

“I’ve been most involved with Spanish interpretation at our testing events, which has been an amazing way to keep in touch with my Colombian heritage. I have also been providing the team with weekly updates on COVID-19 case counts in specific counties of interest around Georgia, giving me basic insights into presenting epidemiologic data.”

“My biggest takeaway about doing community-engaged public health work is how humbling it is. There is a big difference between being in the classroom learning about bias, SAS, and risk ratios and being in the field interacting with people who rely on us for our public health knowledge and skills. It’s a responsibility I never took lightly, but this has brought it to a whole new level.”

 

As the summer is concluding, Alicia is looking forward to diving into her second year EPI courses and applying what she will be learning about epidemiologic modeling to COVID-19. She is excited to learn about how models are made so that she can better educate her family and friends about the changing trends and predictions surrounding the pandemic.

 

 

Saarav Patel

Saarav received his Pre-Med Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Global Public Health, with a minor in Spanish, from New York University in 2019.

 

“Conducting participant-based, in-person research is one of my passions because of how it allows me to directly connect with the communities we are aiming to help. Participants are able to see me as a friendly face, and I can see them as a human rather than just a row in a spreadsheet. Seeing children excited to pick out a mask in their favorite color or watching friends learn how to properly social distance is what validates our hard work at the end of the day.”

“Working long hours in full PPE on extremely hot days does get difficult, but the impact of our work keeps morale high. I am always excited for another testing day because of how well our team works together, even in the face of the pandemic. This work has solidified my intentions to continue working in community-based research.”

 

In his second year at Rollins, Saarav is looking forward to starting work on his Capstone and beginning the job search process. In the future, he is hoping to combine the skills he has gained through the field-work this summer with his experience working with urban LGBT populations in sexually transmitted infection prevention.

 

 


 

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Emory EPI responds, stay tuned for another feature on members of the Emory EPI Outbreak Response Team later on in this series, and for more highlights of the incredible work our students have been doing this summer to put their epidemiology skills to use responding to the pandemic and supporting the most severely affected communities.

 


Data Analysis and Visualization Fellowships, ORISE

Category : Alumni

Opportunity Description

The Domestic WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) Epidemiology team is looking for ORISE Fellows to join its surveillance program. The ORISE Fellows will:

  • Learn about public health research using large healthcare administrative databases (i.e. using “Big Data” for research in the context of public health) 
  • Receive training on national disease and outbreak surveillance for waterborne disease, including how to analyze, interpret and visualize surveillance data
  • Learn data management skills, including how to conduct data replication and create standard operating procedures
  • Build data visualization and analytic skills through team projects that include data cleaning, statistical analyses, and manuscript preparation
  • Be mentored about waterborne disease detection, investigation, and response activities through meetings and collaborative projects.
  • Additional cross-training through other team projects and emergency response is also available.

Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or a related field received within the last five years.
  • Strong research and communication skills in the area of epidemiology, particularly infectious diseases epidemiology and data analysis, are desired

Organization Description:

The Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch works to maximize the health, productivity, and well-being of people in the United States and around the globe by preventing domestic and global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related disease. The Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch (WDPB) is in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at CDC.

To apply:

  • Send your CV and cover letter to John Person (OYU4 [at] cdc [dot] gov) with the subject line “ORISE Fellow: Analytic Epidemiology”

Health Sciences Research Coordinator, Seattle ERIC

Category : Alumni

Description 

Are you interested in helping to improve the health and healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The VA CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) is hiring several full-time Research Coordinators. The Research Coordinators will support a multi-site observational study titled, CSP #2028: Epidemiology, Immunology, and Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 (EPIC3) within the Veterans Health Administration. Positions are based in Seattle, WA.

The aim of the study is to gather longitudinal data on the epidemiology, virology, immunology, and clinical characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the COVID-19 disease to answer key research questions about their natural history and clinical outcomes, and to better anticipate and manage pandemics in the future for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) users and the general population. The Seattle ERIC will provide the overall administration and coordination of the study for all study sites nationwide.

The Research Coordinators will provide operational support under the direction of the Study Program Manager.

Key duties:

  • Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
  • Serve as liaison between investigators, site personnel, consultants, and contractors
  • Virtually train study site personnel on operational procedures and protocols including participant tracking measures
  • Oversee data management and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Ensure compliance with study protocol, including informed consent, safety, and data security requirements
  • Ensure regulatory requirements are met, including completing R&D and IRB documentation and preparing for audits
  • Work closely with the EPIC3 coordinating team and study sites to ensure effective collaboration and maintain accurate data capture
  • Monitor subject recruitment and data collection activities at sites and take corrective action when required
  • Track study progress at sites, identify deficiencies, and recommend solutions
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and data summaries
  • Coordinate and facilitate local and national meetings and trainings
  • Provide training and guidance to Research Assistants

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required
  • 1-4 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required
    • If BA/BS, 2-4 years of research-related experience required
    • If higher degree, 1-2 years of research-related experience preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of researchers and staff
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required
  • Experience with Microsoft Access, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and REDCap preferred

Application Information:

  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for the targeted GS-09. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Seattle can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at opm.gov.
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC [at] va [dot] gov. Resumes must include whether employment was full- or part-time and paid or unpaid.
  • Applications that include unofficial degree transcripts may be considered first.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 08/18/2020 will be considered first. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

National Cancer Database APE Opportunities, Winship Cancer Institute

Opportunity Description

The Winship Research Informatics shared resource (WRI) at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is looking for second year MPH/ EMPH students who are interested in (Applied Practice Experience, APE) opportunities with National Cancer Database (NCDB) research projects.

The nationally recognized National Cancer Database (NCDB)—jointly sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society—is a clinical oncology database sourced from hospital registry data that are collected in more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited facilities. NCDB data are used to analyze and track patients with malignant neoplastic diseases, their treatments, and outcomes. Data represent more than 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases nationwide and more than 34 million historical records. 

Projects Description

The projects provides valuable opportunities (which could also be counted towards the APE) for MPH/ EMPH students to gain practical experiences with getting familiarized with national cancer registry data, communications on research designs and analytic findings, statistical analyses, and understandings of research cycle of public health analyses. The research questions were proposed by clinicians from Winship Cancer Institute, aiming at evaluating the treatment outcomes of the latest cancer management strategy, consolidating effectiveness of treatments from previous case series reports, exploring incidence and epidemiology of rare cancers, etc.

The projects are intended for abstract presentations such as American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and journal submissions, so there are also plenty of authorship opportunities for conference abstracts and manuscripts for academic journals. According to the feedbacks from the students graduated in the past years, analytic experiences and authorships gained from participating in the projects, have added significant advantages in their job seeking and further academic developments. The operations of the projects are remote friendly, and have fully evolved into remote mode as responding measure to the pandemic of COVID-19.

Requirements

Second year MPH/ EMPH students with good oral and written communication skills, some experience with cancer data analysis, solid understanding of statistical tests and models (Chi-squre, ANOVA, log-rank test, logistic regressions, Cox-proportional hazard models, time dependent Cox models, etc.), some experience with SAS macros, formats and ODS are also required.

How to Apply

Please send resume to Renjian Jiang, MD, MPH, MS (rjiang7 [at] emory [dot] edu) if interested.


Public Health Leadership in Times of Crisis Webinar Recording

Category : News/Events

Webinar Description 

In the July session of Hot Topics in Practice, Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, shares her perspective for addressing the COVID-19 crisis in the face of existing geographic, cultural, and economic challenges in the country’s largest state.

This one-hour webinar will review how Alaska’s public health and health care systems are responding to the second wave of COVID-19 cases to distribute resources more equitably and minimize the impacts on small, remote communities. Dr. Zink will also share strategies for partnering and communicating common values within different cultural contexts to collaboratively support health.

This presentation includes a conversation with Dr. Robert Onders from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium about how the state’s American Indian and Alaska Native populations are leading in their own communities and using strategies from past pandemics to survive and thrive.

Presenters

Anne Zink, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Robert Onders, MD, Medical Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

How to Watch 

Click here to watch the recording of this installment in the Hot Topics series with the North West Center for Public Health Practice. In order to watch this webinar and others on this site, you will need to create a free account on their website first. 


Turning Assumptions into Knowledge with Mathematical Models, Webinar Recording

Category : News/Events

The webinar is presented by Eleanor Murray, ScD, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.

Webinar Description

Mathematical models are an important part of the epidemiologic toolkit, especially during rapidly evolving health crises where data availability is limited. Valid inference about population-level outcomes can be obtained from mathematical models but only under strong assumptions, many of which are often not explicitly described. Dr. Eleanor Murray, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at BUSPH, explains the basics of mathematical modeling using individual-level or agent-based simulation models, and explains the assumptions required to learn about causal effects from these models.

How to Watch

Click here to watch the webinar on Population Health Exchange. 


Epidemiologist Research Associate, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Category : Alumni

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills. This individual will support surveillance, analytics, and programmatic activities related to malaria elimination efforts. The epidemiologist will focus primarily on supporting Mozambique and South Africa as well as other countries of southern Africa where CHAI is working. Specifically, the epidemiologist will contribute to the implementation and institutionalization of integrated malaria information systems, strengthening surveillance processes and technologies related to data collection tools and visualization (e.g. dashboards), monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems, and analysis of routine malaria surveillance data and intervention data. As such, the individual will work with a number of individuals on CHAI’s global, regional and country teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the epidemiologist will need to partner with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative.

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

Surveillance support (50%)

  • Supporting integration of data use and analysis in routine programmatic activities at all levels of the health system;
  • Supporting development, integration, and institutionalization of malaria information systems, including data collection tools and dashboards;
  • Assisting to monitor and evaluate the performance of existing and new surveillance platforms, in collaboration with the health informatics malaria team at CHAI;
  • Developing guidelines, SOPs, and training materials for malaria surveillance activities;

Analytical support (20%)

  • Organizing and merging available data and assessing its quality and suitability for analysis;
  • Conducting statistical and spatial analyses (descriptive analyses, regressions and other relevant methods);
  • Managing and coordinating analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention targeting (e.g. Indoor Residual Spraying, LLIN distribution, health worker allocations) and surveillance, as required;
  • Synthesizing results and communicating them through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications;
  • Performing scientific literature review as needed;

Programmatic/operational support (30%)

  • Formulating and delivering national and sub-national level training materials with a focus on analytical content (e.g. data management best practices, online data collection tools), and surveillance strengthening;
  • Assisting with the development of operational plans and accompanying manuals and guidelines to support malaria case detection, case management and vector control activities;
  • Developing and implementing M&E plans for CHAI and program activities, including monitoring and evaluating the implementation of relevant malaria interventions
  • Translating results to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making;
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations, with support from program managers;
  • Any other tasks identified.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, GIS or related field;
  • 1+ years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership;
  • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;
  • Proven experience in disease surveillance and strengthening information systems;
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs;
  • Proven experience in the epidemiological and spatial analysis of disease data;
  • Statistical and geospatial analysis programming experience (R, SAS, STATA, ArcGIS, QGIS and/or other relevant software);
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;
  • Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;
  • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;
  • Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • Willingness to travel (up to 30-50% of time)

Advantages:

  • Portuguese language skill;
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited settings;
  • Experience working with a decentralized team;
  • Experience conducting and managing epidemiological surveys;
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau)

Apply 

  • Click here to learn more about the position and to apply online! 

Epidemiologist / Statistical Programmer, Leidos

Category : Alumni

Position Summary 

Leidos has opening for a self-motivated and detail oriented Epidemiologist/Statistical Programmer to work in in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Provide ad hoc analyses of surveillance data, analyses to support programmatic activities, and preparation of research papers or reports for publication and presentation. This project requires strong epidemiological, statistical, and SAS programming expertise, and experience in geospatial analysis using SAS. The position is located in Atlanta, GA and the duration is for 10 months. 

Primary Responsibilities 

This task requires:

  1. Understanding and application of general statistical approaches including multivariate techniques (logistic regression, generalized linear models, proportional hazards modeling);
  2. Strong SAS programming skills;
  3. Orderly management of microcomputer files in a Windows environment to develop databases and analysis programs for data analysis;
  4. Statistical analysis of large data;
  5. Developing statistical reports and visualizing data in SAS;
  6. Using PROC REPORT and other report production features of SAS;
  7. Importing, exporting, and manipulating data files (SAS,), including recoding, transforming, and creating variables to accommodate analytic needs;
  8. Provide geospatial analysis of data using SAS;
  9. Performing other analytical and data related duties, as needed.

Required Skills and Education 

  • Education: MS, MPH, MSPH in Epidemiology, Statistics, Biostatistics, or Math
  • Applicants must have 4-8 years of statistical programming experience using SAS with large datasets, including SAS macro programming and design of data management systems for error checking and automated processes in SAS and SAS report writing
  • Experience with geospatial analysis using SAS
  • Technical experience with data management, data manipulation, dataset creation, data analysis and report generation.
  • Experience developing analysis plans and statistical reports.
  • Must be able to work independently, with minimal direction.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English.

Desired Skills

  • Prior experience with the analysis of public health epidemiologic data

How to Apply

If you are interested in learning more about the above position, please email Anshuman Garg (Anshuman [dot] Garg [at] mastechdigital [dot] com) with an updated resume. Please be sure to include the following information in your expression of interest for this position:

  • Current Location
  • Email
  • Currently on project (Yes/No)
    • If Yes, then reason for change
  • Availability to join new job
  • Ready to relocate to client site (if not local)
  • Work Authorization Status
  • Current Pay rate
  • Expected Pay rate (W2)