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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)

COVID-19 Prevention in Nursing Homes APE Opportunity, Emory

Opportunity Description

The COPING Study (COVID-19 Prevention in Nursing Homes) is an Emory University research study funded by the CDC that aims to examine COVID-19 serology among healthcare workers in nursing homes in Georgia. This APE opportunity is for Epi and BSHES masters students and primary data collection opportunity for Epi PhD students.

For this study, Dr. Scott Fridkin, the principal investigator, is looking for one or more students to assist with on-site data collection activities at participating nursing homes. All study staff, including any participating students, will be compliant with nursing homes’ requirements to be allowed on site.

See the flyer below for a more detailed description of the study and the position requirements.

How to Apply 


Fall 2020 Course, Sociology of Health and Illness

Course Description

MPH and PhD students at the Rollins School of Public Health are welcome to register for a 3-credit graduate seminar in the Sociology of Health and Illness (SOC 531). 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.

Course Schedule

  • Tuesdays from 9:40AM to 12:40PM via Zoom 

Register


Emory EPI Responds: Student Group Distributing PPE at Black Lives Matter Protests

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge throughout the United States with the number of reported cases and case fatalities rising at alarming rates,1 a concurrent public health crisis has reentered the national discourse. Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the US in recent months to protest the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans and raise their voices to demand action against systemic racism.  

At the forefront of this national conversation is the rampant police brutality faced by Black Americans.2 As stated by the American Public Health Association, “racism is an ongoing public health crisis,” that demands the attention and commitment of public health professionals across all disciplines.3 Amongst public health circles, the intersection of prevalent racism and the ongoing COVID pandemic has also shed a new light on existing racial health inequities,4 which have been exacerbated by the disproportionate effect of COVID on Black communities.5

 

Protests and rallies began earlier during the pandemic not long after the CDC updated their guidance to recommend masks be worn by everyone in public. During this time a greater degree of uncertainty around the seriousness of COVID in the US remained amongst the general public, and thus compliance with mask recommendations varied widely,6 and continues to vary widely, throughout the US.7 Understanding the potential need for additional supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and seeing an opportunity to use their privilege as Emory students to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, a group of Emory EPI students came together with the goal of helping make protests and rallies in Atlanta safer for those in attendance.

 

Rising second year EPI students Lisa Chung and Zoe Schneider spearheaded this effort to gather Rollins students in support of the BLM movement. After reaching out to friends and colleagues in the department to help make this idea a reality, they came together and created a proposal explaining the need for PPE and asking for financial support from the school, which they then submitted to RSPH Dean Dr. James Curran. Department Vice Chair Dr. Jodie Guest, Dr. Allison Chamberlain, Shannon Vassell, and Joanne Williams were also instrumental in helping their group draft a budget and prepare their proposal. The proposal was approved by the Rollins administration within 24 hours, and by the next day Dr. Guest had ordered and received 8,000 surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves for them to begin distributing. After securing the supplies, they put out calls for volunteers to assist in the PPE distribution amongst EPI students and other departments at Rollins.

 

 

This week we spoke with three of the student leaders, Zoe Schneider, Brandon Shih and Izzy Kates, that have been involved in the efforts to support BLM protests and rallies through PPE distribution.

 

Zoe, Brandon and Izzy described how, at many of the protests they attended within the Atlanta perimeter, they found mask adherence to be relatively high. Witnessing such a high proportion of protestors wearing masks was a great success in their view as they felt the best case scenario at each new event was that their efforts would be largely unneeded. They also expressed that the need for PPE distribution has gone down over time as public awareness of the importance of wearing masks, especially in public and amongst crowds, has increased.

 

Prior to each protest they would reach out to the event’s organizers to collaborate on a plan and discuss possible locations where they could distribute PPE. At each demonstration each of their members would approach people to offer masks and hand sanitizer, then try to educate them about how to properly wear masks, how to fit masks to younger children, and general tips for protecting themselves against COVID while protesting. While they encountered some individuals who were not receptive to their efforts, they stated that the vast majority of people they encountered were supportive and appreciative of their work to ensure that sufficient PPE was available.

 

Q: What have been your biggest takeaways, as both a student and a future public health professional, from participating in the protests?

 

Zoe: Especially during this pandemic, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. Escaping from my computer screen and working with a team of fellow students reminds me that every little thing we can do to make the world a better place is important. 

 

Brandon: As a student and future public health professional, the biggest takeaway from this effort has been seeing how important community engagement is. Before every protest, we reached out to the protest organizers to let them know our plan. We asked them if there was a preference of where they wanted us to make their event go smoothly. Most of the time, we were intermingling with the protesters but it was important for us to communicate and show that we were open to their suggestions. We are stronger when we stand united and work together.

 

Izzy: The best part of every protest for me [was] the marching. Trying to lend our collective voice in support of the protests. Definitely my biggest takeaway from participating in the protests was the importance of centering black voices. And hope. The number of people who showed out was truly inspiring and uplifting. I do believe that there is definitely potential right now for us to re-think some policy decisions that have been made, that disproportionately impact communities of color.

 

Q: How do you think we as Rollins and Emory EPI students can continue to take action to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement?

 

Zoe: Be prepared to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the long run. There is no single action that can fix the legacy of slavery and racism in our country. As public health professionals, it is our obligation to continue to educate ourselves and fight against inequity and racism in our research and interventions. 

 

Brandon: Unfortunately, we have started to see fewer BLM protests coordinated throughout Atlanta and it has been hard to find protests to show up to recently. However, that does not mean we should give up – this is a movement, not a moment. Personally, I have been trying to unlearn my own biases and start reading books that address institutional racism such as The Racial Contract and How To Be An Antiracist. I want to challenge each and every Rollins student, not just EPI students, to engage in similar activities. Regarding what Rollins can do to show support for the BLM movement: we stand behind The Association of Black Public Health Students, Students for Social Justice, and Rollins Student Government Association and their demands one hundred percent. The letter sent to the Dean and other RSPH administration staff back on June 4th details 14 actionable items that Rollins can do now.

*Editorial Update* Dean Curran responded to the letter in a school-wide email with commitments to address many of the needs surrounding these demands in early July and the Dean’s Office continues to work with the above-mentioned student organizations to implement those changes.

 

Izzy: Of course, we can continue attending protests, posting on social media, calling our representatives. But I think it’s even more important to focus on what is happening internally at Emory – whether we’ve succeeded in providing a welcoming space for our fellow students and faculty from communities of color and whether we are advocating for them to our administration. Showing up is so important. I know I haven’t always managed to do that to the extent of my abilities.

 

Click this tweet to a watch local news interview with Emory EPI student Lisa Chung about their group’s efforts to distribute PPE.

 

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of Emory EPI responds, and thank you to all of these amazing students who have been working to empower others to get involved in the BLM movement and make protesting safer for those advocating for racial justice in Atlanta. Please stay tuned for the next article in this series as we continue to highlight the ways in which Emory EPI students are contributing to public health work on the ground and supporting communities throughout COVID-19.

 

 


 

1 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html. Published July 20, 2020. Accessed July 23, 2020.

2 Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2019;116(34):16793-16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116

3 Dr. Georges Benjamin. Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now. American Public Health Association. Accessed July 23, 2020. https://www.apha.org/news-and-media/news-releases/apha-news-releases/2020/racism-is-a-public-health-crisis

4 Bassett MT, Graves JD. Uprooting Institutionalized Racism as Public Health Practice. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(4):457-458. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304314

5 Millett GA, Jones AT, Benkeser D, et al. Assessing differential impacts of COVID-19 on black communities. Ann Epidemiol. 2020;47:37-44. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.05.003

6 CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public. NPR.org. Accessed July 23, 2020. https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/03/826219824/president-trump-says-cdc-now-recommends-americans-wear-cloth-masks-in-public

7 Katz J, Sanger-Katz M, Quealy K. A Detailed Map of Who Is Wearing a Mask in the U.S. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/17/upshot/coronavirus-face-mask-map.html. Published July 17, 2020. Accessed July 23, 2020.

Image Sources: Zoe Schneider, Brandon Shih, Izzy Kates


Environmental Health Program Administrator, Maryland Department of Health

Category : Alumni

Position Summary 

This position will be responsible for directing the Healthy Homes programs in the Environmental Health Bureau, including the Lead, Asthma and Radon programs. This position will also be responsible for conducting outreach and public health actions for the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program, as well as for other Bureau projects. This position will coordinate Healthy Homes activities, including the Medicaid-funded programs on childhood lead and asthma prevention.

Additionally, this position will ensure the implementation and documentation of public health actions and outreach activities required by the EPHT cooperative agreement. Finally, this position will manage grants and contracts, while supervising a team that includes outreach personnel and contractual staff members, in order to complete deliverables and accomplish program goals, in partnership with other Bureau programs; Medicaid; local health departments; academic institutions; and, other State agencies.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.
  • Experience: Six years of professional experience in health services, three of which must have been in professional clinical or administrative services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions, and three of which must have been at the managerial or supervisory level.
  • Notes: 
    • 1. Applicants may substitute a Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health or human services field for up to two years of the required general experience.
    • 2. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus an additional year of professional experience in health services, may be substituted for the specific degree.
    • 3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Health Services Administration specialty codes in the health related field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.

Desired Qualifications 

The desired candidate should have experience managing one or more Federal or State grants as either a Principal Investigator or Program Manager.  The desired candidate should also possess one or more of the following:

  • Master’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene, Nursing or Medicine
  • Certification in Asthma Education, Lead Risk Assessment, Healthy Homes or Indoor Air Quality

How to Apply

  • If interested in this position, click here to read more about it and apply online. 
  • Application Deadline: August 10, 2020

Health Services Research Intern, American Cancer Society

Role Description

The Health Services Research Program of the American Cancer Society conducts research on health disparities related to cancer, identifies barriers to receiving optimal cancer care, and estimates the impact of health policies on the cost of and access to cancer care at both state and national level, to strengthen the scientific basis to reduce the burden of cancer among patients, caregivers, and their families. 

Responsibilities 

  • The Health Services Research Intern will prepare and analyze national data using SAS and Stata;
  • Conduct literature reviews, assist in developing research proposals, and some scientific writing;
  • Prepare tables and figures for scientific presentations using Excel and/or PowerPoint;
  • Proofread reports for publication and presentation at professional meetings.

Qualifications 

  • REQUIRED: Data analysis experience, strong interest in evaluating health disparities
  • PREFERRED: Familiarity with SAS 

How to Apply 

Click here to read more about the position and apply on Handshake!

 


Senior Biostatistician, Leidos

Category : Alumni

Position Summary

Leidos has opening for a Senior Biostatistician to work in in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The position is located in Atlanta, GA and the duration is for 10 months. 

Primary Responsibilities

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/R programming expertise.

This task requires:

  1. Understanding and application of general and novel 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. Provide leadership and direction of conceptual ideas in statistical analysis of large datasets;
  5. Developing statistical reports and presenting data in Excel, particularly the ability to efficiently produce large complex Excel tables efficiently and reports from SAS in customized formats to fit the needs of periodic reports;
  6. Using PROC REPORT and other report production features of SAS to produce excel files;
  7. Importing, exporting, and manipulating data files, including recoding, transforming, and creating variables to accommodate analytic needs;
  8. Preparing written reports and presenting at meetings;
  9. Performing other analytical and data related duties, as needed.

Basic Qualifications 

Masters with 8-10 years of prior relevant experience. May possess a Doctorate in technical domain.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • SAS Base Programmer certification;
  • SAS Advanced Programmer certification;
  • 5-8 years of statistical programming experience using SAS or R, including SAS macro programming and design of data management systems for error checking and SAS report writing;
  • Technical experience with data management, dataset creation, data analysis and report generation;
  • Experience with large datasets;
  • Experience developing analysis plans and statistical reports;
  • Must be able to work independently, with minimal direction.

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)