Title: Epidemiologist II
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to hire an Epidemiologist II to be a member of the Statics and Evaluation (S&E) unit within the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS). The incumbent will be responsible for data collection and analysis, database management, report preparation and provision of technical assistance to contracted agencies.
The mission of BSAS Office of Statistics and Evaluation is to conduct investigations into the prevalence and incidence of addiction, including substance use disorders and gambling disorder. The unit provides statistics and reports for the design and planning of prevention, intervention and treatment services for these addictive disorders, for operational and performance management of the programs, and for policy recommendations, and performs work related to such activities as required. The unit conducts evaluations related to continuous quality improvement and performance outcomes. The Epidemiologist II will perform critical analyses of administrative data sets to identify treatment disparities and priority populations, and assist in preparation and submission of federal reports including Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment federal block grant. This position will assist the unit director in carrying out OSE responsibilities related to federal grant based projects including convening and attending meetings, reviewing proposed evaluation plans, generating required statistics and performing related data extractions. Under the director’s guidance, this position will supervise work performed by other OSE staff.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Analyzes substance use treatment data, including data from legacy datasets and from the current billing and data collection system (Electronic Invoice Management / Electronic Service Management), and other supplemental data sets managed or utilized by the Bureau for planning and program development.
- Responsible for survey oversight, analysis, coordination and dissemination of results.
- Responsible for the procurement and management of vendor services as required in the oversight of these surveys.
- Investigates addictive disease processes with emphasis on environmental and inheritable factors.
- Utilizes data from EIM/ESM to respond to internal and external data requests.
- Uses linked multi-source data to perform outcome analysis and to advise senior staff on policy design.
- Uses treatment data to follow clients through the continuum of care and identify best practices.
- Prepares statistical reports from findings based on research conducted for inter- and intra-departmental and professional publications.
- Performs related duties such as reading professional journals, health bulletins and other publications, including electronic publications, to keep informed of current trends and new data in the field of addiction.
- Reviews evaluation plans for grant based projects and working with the evaluators to make sure that all privacy and confidentiality rules are observed and followed and that analysis goals are achievable based on the knowledge of the datasets involved.
- Development of necessary statistics and data extraction related to federal grant based projects.
- Participates in data quality improvement initiatives, performs data analysis associated with continuous quality improvements, and recommends improvement plans for data collection, processing and analysis.
- Using multi-source data and in collaboration with contractors, develops methodologies and data frameworks to identify disparities in access to treatment.
- Participates in intra-departmental work groups organized to streamline processes and protocols related to access and use of datasets housed in the department, as well as the identifying the needs for hardware/software and training related to statistical and geospatial.
- Knowledge of the departmental laws, rules and regulations governing assigned activities.
- Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
- At least 2 years experience in high order statistical programming.
- Knowledge of the types and uses of agency forms.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health information.
- Knowledge of addiction, or other social/behavioral health issues.
- Knowledge of principles of behavioral/social epidemiology.
- A Master’s or Doctorate degree in public health, epidemiology, or social policy, or a Master’s of Public Health with a focus on social and behavioral health.
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