Title: Epidemiologist III
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Epidemiologist III will be working closely with the Director of the Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (DCYSHN) within the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition. The incumbent will provide analytic leadership to the Division and assist its management team to develop a comprehensive data management system that allows DCYSHN programs to serve population needs in an efficient and timely manner. This position plays a critical role in the day-to-day functions of the Division by serving as its key contact related to data about CYSHN, and also by assessing and reporting on both external CYSHN needs and internal data processing and workflows.
The Epidemiologist will conduct analyses for the purposes of program monitoring, development/planning, improvement, evaluation, research and public health surveillance using data from national, state and local data sources. The position will identify internal and external data sources for review and analysis, initiate outreach to seek and obtain data, map and link key data sets, measure and monitor division workflows and program activities, monitor changing patterns and trends in population health, support program staff in quality improvement activities, and make recommendations to DCYSHN management to act on key findings, prioritizing addressing regional, racial and ethnic inequities in outcomes.
For all programs across the Division, the incumbent will conduct needs assessments to identify service gaps and duplication on a rolling basis that can lead to process improvements by streamlining workflows and implementing functional solutions through such methods as Lean, Six Sigma, value stream mapping, process mapping, PDSA cycles, logic models, etc. The incumbent will support program management in setting up systems to query, search, analyze, monitor and report on client data and analyze program productivity and trends. The position will review program databases to establish regular internal and external monitoring activities and reports, identify needs for database upgrades, make recommendations and coordinate database improvements. The position will analyze DCYSHN capacity to serve population health needs.
The ideal candidate for this role will have extensive knowledge of statistical analysis software packages such as SAS and SQL, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite of Tools. The incumbent should understand the profile and needs of the population of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), including children with medical complexity, and the needs of families by extension. This position handles a wide range of responsibilities requiring a high level of organizational and time management skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast paced and changing professional environment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve as the key data contact for the DCYSHN.
- Supervise the Epidemiologist II as well as Research Analysts and interns that may assist with Division projects and programs.
- Conduct analyses for the purposes of program monitoring, development, improvement, evaluation, research and public health surveillance using data from national, state and local data sources
- Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of Division activities through such methodologies as Lean, Six Sigma, value stream mapping, process mapping, PDSA cycles, logic models, etc.
- Provide analytic leadership for the DCYSHN and its programs.
- Interpret, report, present and publish results of analyses in collaboration with program staff.
- Provide leadership to Director and staff to frame evaluation questions suitable for investigation.
- Participate in planning for and collection of additional data as needed.
- Investigate validity and reliability of data for evaluation purposes.
- Investigate factors influencing program outcomes.
- Determine appropriate statistical tests.
- Develop background literature reviews.
- Assist with grant writing and reporting.
- Document data sets in collaboration with DPH IT and EHS IT, program code, and related materials to ensure reproducibility of work, including audit trail for programming.
- Test, monitor trends, assess whether data confirms program priorities, and assist in development of recommendations to respond.
- Analyze Division and Program capacity to serve CYSHCN population needs in an efficient and timely manner; provide recommendations for staffing need to address gaps and needs.
- Establish measures to be tracked, a system to monitor and to regularly report on and, when necessary, identify opportunities for improvement.
- Create a regular data reporting structure for the Division. Collect ongoing data and enter into monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
- Comply with departmental confidentiality policies and procedures, and with review processes, procedures, and policies for release of results and documents.
- Attend and participate in quarterly meeting/coaching sessions of all Lean Six Sigma staff in the Department.
- Attend and participate in DCYSHN Senior Leadership Team meetings, Program Manager meetings and All Staff Meetings.
- Initiate and respond to internal and external data requests.
- Perform other assignments as needed and discussed with supervisor.
- Knowledge of and extensive experience using SAS and SQL for statistical analyses.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of quality improvement is highly preferable.
- Formalized training and certification in Lean Six Sigma is highly preferable.
- Knowledge of the profile and needs of the population of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), including children with medical complexity, and their families.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of Tools: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint & Access and Visio or other visualization software.
- Knowledge of a variety of project/program quality improvement measurement methodologies (i.e. Lean, Six Sigma, PDSA, Performance Management).
- Ability to analyze and map data and processes.
- Ability to supervise staff, including Epidemiologist I and II, Research Analysts, and interns.
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