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Epidemiologist Research Associate, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org. 

Malaria is one of the world’s most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease.

In parts of West Africa, CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress. In addition, CHAI is also supporting national malaria programs to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions in surveillance systems, specifically to improve the collection, reporting, analysis and use of data for programmatic decision-making. Benin and Burkina Faso are the newest additions to CHAI’s portfolio in the region, where initial efforts will be focused on conducting country-specific surveillance landscaping assessments. Similar assessments are expected to be conducted in two additional countries and therefore a total of four countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Overview of Role

  • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West Africa, with an initial focus on Benin and Burkina Faso. The project will initially focus on the design and implementation of a landscaping assessment to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national) in 2-4 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps.
  • Specific activities will include: desktop review of relevant policy, scientific and grey literature, qualitative assessments of surveillance system performance through interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level, as well as other relevant partners, designing and implementing health facility survey to quantify the performance of surveillance system, and epidemiological analysis of malaria surveillance, case management, entomological and intervention data and key malaria indicators.
  • The individual will report to the Technical advisor for East, Central, West Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Implement analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
    Responsible for country-level implementations of surveillance assessment protocols, and lead activities that relate to that – partner engagement, submission of IRBs, selection of data firms, training of data collection teams, monitoring data collection, data management and analysis, organization of in-country meetings
  • Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses
  • Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
  • Provide technical supervision, training and ad-hoc programmatic support to staff members involved in epidemiological activities such monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data cleaning, management and analysis tasks;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
  • Synthesize results, translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications internally and externally at international venues;
  • Any other tasks identified.

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


Spring Mock Interview Week, 3/23-3/27

Category : News/Events

The Office of Career Development and Career Development Ambassadors at the Rollins School of Public Health cordially invite you to participate in our Spring Mock Interview Week on Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 2020.

For more information and to register for one or both types of interviews offered, please visit Handshake.

  • To register for In-Person with Career Development, click here
  • To register for Phone with Public Health Professional, click here. 

Coronavirus Webinar, 3/2

Category : News/Events

Please join the Region IV Public Health Training Center for this upcoming learning opportunity on March, 2nd 12-1:30PM. 

Click here to register for a live webinar with Dr. Carlos Del Rio: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Protecting the Public from the Current Outbreak


Local Health Internship Program, Massachusetts Dept. of Health

Description 

This summer, we are offering up to 35 positions with state and local health departments across Massachusetts, from Boston to West Springfield, and from Tyngsborough to Cape Cod. The program aids graduate public health students in gaining hands-on professional experience, while enabling local health departments to obtain assistance with pressing projects. Selected students work on a wide range of topical projects at the local level including environmental health, substance use disorders, communicable disease case investigation, needs assessments, emergency preparedness, health communication, data analysis, food security, mental health, and health policy. 

Accepted students have access to mentors at the state and local level and are offered the opportunity to spend time shadowing epidemiologists and health educators with various MDPH programs (Infectious Disease, Substance Addiction Services, Global Health, etc.). The program culminates in a Closing Session where students’ final projects are showcased via poster and oral presentations. Students must commit to a minimum of 160 hours during the summer (Estimated time frame: 5/18/2020 – 8/14/2020).

How to Apply

  • Applications are due via email by Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Click here to view application instructions & available positions.  

Information Analyst I, Emory University

Category : Alumni

Description 

Washington DC-based data manager who will work on an HIV research project in the DC Jail. The position is funded by Emory University. Emory University/Rollins School of Public Health, in partnership with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Unity Health Care, is comparing strategies of testing for HIV in a jail environment with rapid turnover. The successful candidate will enroll participants in a Washington DC jail-based longitudinal observational study, which was reviewed by Emory University’s IRB. She or he or they will also review administrative data from the jail, conduct time-motion studies, perform chart abstraction, and periodically visit outpatient clinics frequented by persons released from the DC Jail. Lastly, the data manager will be responsible for providing research results to the research investigator team located in Atlanta and New York City.

Duties 

  • Undertakes responsibility for the collection, compilation, organization and maintenance of all data related to HIV screening related to this study.
  • Provides data entry and analytical support for monthly reports.
  • Develops data reports monthly, quarterly and annually, and makes presentations.
  • Develops and maintains a professional working relationship with clinical staff.
  • Participates on weekly teleconferences with research team.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Desired Skills 

  • Minimum 1-year experience work related to public health and/or health care environment. Experience with clinical research a plus.
  • Minimum 1-year experience (classroom or work-related) in clinical data management or health care analytics.
  • Knowledge of querying and solid analytical skills with ability to compile data from many sources and define designs to use data.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to act as a data management team lead.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with great attention to detail.
  • Cultural competence/humility and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Interest and willingness to work with individuals with criminal justice involvement in both jail and community settings.
  • Strong scientific writing skills and able to assist with dissemination of reports.
  • Basic computer skills with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel; understanding and experience with Windows

Apply

Click here to learn more about the position and apply online on the Emory careers website (Job # 49848). 

Contact 

Contact Anne Spaulding at aspauld [at] sph [dot] emory [dot] edu if you have further questions about the position. 


Summer APE Opportunity, RSPH

Opportunity Overview 

A Rigorous Evaluation of the Relationship between Physical Activity and Academic Achievement in Georgias Elementary Schools Background. While the health benefits of physical activity are well-known and a public health priority, most youth in the United States do not meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Serving more than 95% of U.S. children ages 5-17, the school environment offers a valuable opportunity to engage students in physical activity through the day, but is limited by physical education programs that are often characterized by insufficient curricular, time, financial and staffing allocations. Given that academics are the clear priority for limited school time and resources, school interventions focused on increasing physical activity during the school day may be more successful if supported by evidence that increased physical activity (PA) improves academic achievement. The overall goal of this project is to determine the relationship between physical activity, aerobic fitness and academic achievement among elementary students in Georgia.

  • Preference given to Epidemiology and Biostatistics/ Bioinformatics students, and students with data management and analysis experience.

Click here to apply on Handshake!


#CapstoneChronicles

Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI

For the first installment of #CapstoneChronicles, I spoke with four of the five members of the Epidemiology Department’s inaugural capstone cohort about their experiences so far, early on in the project process. I will be checking in with them periodically over the next few weeks, profiling individuals and the class as a whole, so stay tuned to hear more about their perspectives as the project unfolds!  


Student Profiles

AJ Montero is a 2nd year EPI MPH student who studied Microbiology at the University of Florida before coming to Rollins. 

Phoenix Tran is a second year EPI MPH student who also studied Microbiology during her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. 

Why did you decide to pursue a capstone over a thesis?

Phoenix: I did a thesis at the end of undergrad, so this time I wanted to have a more hands-on experience working with an organization and help them to solve problems.

AJ: I was applying for medical school this past summer and got delayed on the thesis process, and given the time constraints I decided it would not be realistic to continue down that road. Along with my other priorities, I thought I would be able to contribute more meaningfully to a collaborative process and that the capstone would be more fulfilling and beneficial for my long-term goals.

Can you briefly describe the organization you’re partnering with and how you get to use your epi skills and experience to benefit the organization through this project.

AJ: We are working with Resilient Georgia, which is a new organization seeking to integrate behavioral care for children in Georgia and create a safety net for people who typically fall through the cracks in social services. They want to use data on childhood trauma to see which adverse childhood experiences are associated with adverse outcomes later in life to inform future public health initiatives.

Phoenix: We will be doing a lot of data cleaning using SAS and R, and we are planning to do some spatial analysis as well. Specifically, we will be working with data regarding children who are currently in, or have been in, the foster care system. Once we become more familiar with the available data and relevant literature, we will identify other factors of interest to conduct a stratified analysis. What is most exciting about this project is that we get to decide the methods we are going to use for the analyses ourselves. We are still in the planning phases so we have not yet decided which skills, exactly, we will be using.

Reflections from the class

AJ Montero, Phoenix Tran, Frances Neunuebel, Lester Primero

What do you like most about the structure of the capstone process?

  • The project has been really collaborative. Having multiple people from different backgrounds working together to resolve issues has been really enjoyable.
  • Another really positive element is that, by virtue of working on a team, we keep each other accountable. We can keep each other on track, and help each other if someone is struggling with something.
  • There is a real emphasis on thoughtful planning – we have an overall vision for what we want the project to accomplish and then we get to explore different avenues for getting there. We started with a very broad topic initially, and each week we iteratively narrow our focus. 

What does a typical day in your class look like? Or a typical week, in terms of the workload?

  • We have class once a week from 1 to 4pm, and then our group meets outside of class for a few hours a week to work on current action items and to prepare for the upcoming week’s meeting.
  • The first few classes were mainly brainstorming sessions. And now we have shifted more to talking about different methods we may want to use in our analysis later. Last week, for example, we were working on drafting some initial project aims and objectives.
  • In general, the class itself is very exploratory and discussion-driven. We spend a lot of time reading papers on related topics, looking at background research, and thinking about how we may want to shape the project based on methodologies from previous studies. 

Is there anything you wish you had known before starting the capstone that would have been helpful for you?

  • None of us fully understood the scope of this project when we first started, and how many stakeholders would be interested in hearing the results. We met with representatives from Resilient Georgia and they told us that our project report is going to be presented to a lot of big organizations, including educations and training groups, the Department of Juvenile Justice, CHOA, the Department of Education, and a former CDC Director. It may sound a little intimidating at first, but we are all very excited about the potential for our project to impact a wide range of organizations working on an important public health issue. 
  • I don’t believe we entirely realized how much agency and purpose we would have in this project before it began, and that has been a very interesting and positive part of this process.

What are you looking forward to doing throughout the rest of the process?

  • We are excited to see how we can use our past experiences and experiences at Emory and apply them directly to a real-world problem.
  • In a lot of our Epi classes, we have worked with very curated datasets, so this is one of our first experiences working with publicly available data and managing all of its challenges.

In the next edition of #CapstoneChronicles, we will be discussing how the cohort’s relationship with their partner organization has evolved, updates on their preliminary data analysis, and their strategies for working through challenges that arise. Stay tuned!


SERexperts – Live Event, 4/1

Category : News/Events

Registration is now open for SERexperts-Live, ‘CSTE Applied Fellowship Program’, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Please join us for SER’s first, collaborative webinar with The Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) Program!Hosted by Amanda Masters, the Deputy Director for Governance, Strategy and Support Program (CSTE), join us to learn about this Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program!

  • This unique fellowship program is designed for recent master’s or doctoral level graduates in Epidemiology (or a related field) whom are interested in public health practice at the state/local level. Following an overview of the program, two CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellows will present their research. Following the presentations, the panelists will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the program.
  • This event is sponsored by SER’s Membership & Nominations Committee.

Click here for a full workshop description and additional information.


Health Information Associate, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Overview

  • The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org 
  • CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

Overview of Role

  • CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a Health Information Associate to support the development, implementation, and assessment of a new suite of digital solutions to improve malaria  surveillance systems.
  • The Associate will liaise between technical partners and CHAI implementation teams to test, package, and roll out an upgraded malaria information system and accompanying mobile tools across 10 priority countries in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia. This work will include supporting regional and country team members in testing new software applications,  capturing end user needs, assessing pilot results, developing implementation and scale-up strategy, and packaging lessons learned for the Digital Solutions for Malaria Elimination (DSME) community.
  • A successful candidate will need to possess strong communication, organizational, and management skills as well as be able to work independently to drive implementation and have deep personal commitment to producing results. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

Responsibilities

  • M&E activities of the digital solutions (30%)
  • Project management and partner coordination (20%)
  • Testing of digital solutions meet end user needs (15%)
  • Implementation of digital solutions to government end users (15%)
  • Knowledge management and dissemination (15%)
  • Other tasks, as required (5%)

Click here to learn more about the position and to apply online. 


APE Opportunity, CDC Division of Global HIV and TB

Description

CDC’s Division of Global HIV and TB’s Key Population Surveillance team has an opening for an MPH student doing their practicum. The team strengthens and supports capacity for implementation of HIV-related biobehavioral surveillance (BBS) and population size estimation methods through assistance for survey design, protocol development, training, data analysis, interpretation and dissemination.

Responsibilities 

Under the guidance of senior epidemiologists, the student will participate in a range of activities. Depending on skills and interests, possible activities include but are not limited to: 

  • Monitor weekly survey implementation data for BBS surveys
  • Develop and manage survey databases
  • Develop a standardized data analysis program for survey monitoring
  • Write a survey protocol
  • Provide support for the development of a training on time-location sampling
  • Analyze data
  • Write reports and publications 

Contact 

If interested, please send your CV and a one paragraph statement of interest to Avi Hakim at hxv8 [at] cdc [dot] gov by March 13, 2020.