Title: Community Covid Impact Study Epidemiologist
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Summary of Position
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Community Health and Prevention and Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) is seeking a senior epidemiologist to support pandemic and vaccine related health equity data efforts including the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS). The CCIS survey was conducted to better understand the immediate and long-term health needs, including social and economic consequences facing the Commonwealth due to the pandemic. The epidemiologist will lead a team of epidemiologists and research analysts to analyze, interpret, and report on existing CCIS and related vaccine data along with other annual health equity related data collection. This data will help inform and prioritize resource deployment and policy actions.
The candidate will also be expected to lead with health equity by incorporating a racial justice lens in all duties and responsibilities to support programs, the division, and the bureau. This includes understanding root causes of health inequities, particularly the role of structural racism and other systemic drivers of health, and incorporating a racial equity lens in data collection, analyses, evaluation, and dissemination materials.
- Work closely with staff within the OSE to lead the development and execution of analytic plans for key populations and domains within the CCIS.
- Work closely with the OSE Director, Deputy Director, Division Directors, Epidemiologists, and program staff to analyze, present, and contextualize data highlighting COVID-related health inequities to deepen program understanding of root causes, use data to inform health equity approaches in programming, and educate and inform key stakeholders, including the public, on these issues.
- Coordinate and supervise other CCIS Epidemiologists and Research Analysts to conduct data analysis, interpretation, reporting, and dissemination efforts for the CCIS.
- Oversee the development, planning, and implementation of future iterations of the CCIS. This includes enhancing and refining the data collection instruments such as questionnaires and surveys, conducting literature reviews to contribute to evidence-based decision-making, partnering with internal and community stakeholders, coordinating with data vendors, and performing new analysis and leveraging new software that will enhance existing program work.
- Work closely with program staff and other epidemiologists within the Department to support cross-cutting work and strategic planning efforts. This may include collaborations with other community-based initiatives, and also helping programs utilize CCIS and other sources of social determinants of health data to help contextualize and support key findings and recommendations.
- Support overall communication and outreach strategy for the CCIS by providing data-related expertise to community partners by responding to data requests and presenting program work and data before steering committees, workgroups, conferences, and other venues. Collaborate with communications team to generate digestible content and dissemination products for public-facing website and data-driven talking points to share with community partners.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of epidemiological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Ability to prepare statistical reports.
- Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment.
- Experience with mapping software (ArcGIS preferred).
- Knowledge of data visualization principles and software (Tableau preferred).
- Experience working with multidisciplinary teams.
- Knowledge of program evaluation.
- Ability to direct the work of a public health section, program, or team.
- Ability to oversee and implement surveillance activities, including monitoring and evaluation.
- Ability to lead epidemiologic studies, public health programs, and community public health planning at the state and local level.
- Knowledge of specific social, cultural, economic, and linguistic factors in the population and affected communities.
Salary: 73,111.22 – 107,622.58 Yearly
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