Title: Epidemiologist II – Bureau of Community Health & Prevention
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Epidemiologist II provides evaluation, surveillance, research, and data analysis for the Injury Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) in the Division of Violence and Injury Prevention (DVIP) as well as the Injury Surveillance Program (ISP) in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE), both of which are within the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP). The position is responsible for supporting all data needs of the IPCP team, as well as its community-based and interagency stakeholders using various data sources including but not limited to vital statistics, surveys, and medical claims. Data needs of the IPCP team include data collection, management, cleaning, analysis, and interpretation.
The incumbent is expected to produce fact sheets, presentations, data briefs, conference abstracts, evaluation/grant reports, information for Department webpages, and assist in the preparation of grant proposals. This position is also responsible for conducting quality control checks for data run by other epidemiologists at the Department, setting and maintaining quality standards and methodologies for injury-related analysis, and contributing to reports and presentations produced in other areas of the Department. This may involve establishing, coordinating, or participating in standing committees, work groups or advisory groups to assure consistency with related programs in the Department.
Programs and projects supported by this position include, but are not limited to:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program Grant (Core SVIPP)
- The Health and Human Resources Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (HRSA MCHB)
- The Health and Human Resources Administration’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Grant (HRSA EMSC)
- Youth Sports Concussion
- Transportation Safety
- Child Fatality Review
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
- Older Adult Falls Prevention
- Child Sexual Assault Prevention
- Poison Prevention
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Uses existing databases and reports to provide Department personnel and external partners with information on the prevalence, trends, and risk and protective factors of injury in Massachusetts.
- Supports the evaluation of the Core SVIPP grant by developing data collection tools and providing data management, cleaning, and analysis.
- Works closely with the IPCP staff to identify and support programmatic data needs.
- Prepares statistical reports and presentations based on data findings for interdepartmental, external public oriented, and professional publications.
- Conducts analyses using SAS or similar programming language for statistical and epidemiologic analysis.
- Develops standard SAS programs, datasets, and documentation for reproducibility.
- Utilizes standardized methods for the calculation of counts, rates, and statistical testing, and participates in discussions with other Department epidemiologists when methods require updating.
- Responds to data requests from the Communications Office, other MDPH bureaus, advocacy groups, other government agencies, and the public.
- Assists in the preparation of grant proposals and reports.
- Provides data for inclusion on Department web sites.
- Participates in collaborative research with academic partners.
- Participates in injury prevention and epidemiological workgroups, advisory groups, and standing meetings related to Division and Department programming.
- Reads professional journals, health bulletins and other publications to keep informed of current trends and new data in the fields of injury prevention and control and health services research.
- Provides technical assistance to communities on injury data issues and use of department data.
- Participates in IPCP, ISP, OSE, and BCHAP staff meetings.
- Ensures data confidentiality and security, and monitors quality control for programmatic data.
- Established expertise in program evaluation.
- Knowledge of injury prevention.
- Knowledge of risk and protective factors for injury.
- Familiarity with injury surveillance data sources.
- Ability to write code in SAS or some other statistical package.
- Ability to manage databases, construct data files, conduct and support data entry, and perform data edits/cleaning as needed.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiologic and demographic data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Ability to calculate age-adjusted, crude, age, and sex-specific rates of disease or exposure.
- Ability to select appropriate tests of significance to apply to findings or analyze other studies for quality.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.