Job Posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Community-Clinical Linkage Innovation Epidemiologist

Title: Community-Clinical Linkage Innovation Epidemiologist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Summary of Position

The Epidemiologist will coordinate and guide all evaluation, surveillance, research, and data analysis support for the exciting, new Division of Community-based Prevention and Care (DCBPC) by providing data to inform strategic planning, needs assessment, resource deployment, coordinated communication, information dissemination, and cross-departmental initiatives. DCBPC includes asthma prevention and control programs, the Workforce Innovations Unit (including the Office of Oral Health, the Healthcare Workforce Team, the Office of Community Health Workers), and cancer initiatives.

The Epidemiologist will be responsible for providing thought leadership on the development of surveillance and evaluation frameworks and processes, alignment of programmatic evaluation and surveillance activities, analyzing data from multiple different sources, coordinating all grant reporting and evaluation initiatives, developing advanced analytic plans, coordinating with Bureau and Office leadership, reviewing technical documents, supervising epidemiological staff, engaging in strategic planning processes, mentoring supervisees, coordinating research/evaluation projects, maintaining budgets as appropriate, and coordinating responses to data and public records requests.

To serve in this capacity, the epidemiologist will have extensive analytic and evaluation skills, including development of cross-cutting evaluation frameworks; experience with the conceptualization, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of complex analyses; experience with a breadth of analytic methods, such as quantitative analysis, mixed-methods, and partnership analysis; data visualization and communication; project management and supervisory expertise, experience in implementing complex projects and multiple deadlines, collaboration and communication skills. This epidemiologist will be interested in community-clinical linkages, comprehensive cancer care, asthma prevention and care, oral health, community health workers, community-based healthcare provision, healthcare workforce development, and community-based prevention initiatives. This epidemiologist will engage in and lead, as appropriate, cross-cutting epidemiolocal activities to support the Division and the Office. This position may supervise the Epidemiologist I and II staff that support individual programs and will also provide leadership and guidance around integrating community-clinical linkages and healthcare innovation frameworks and health equity into division-wide data initiatives and communication products. This position sits in the Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP) but will collaborate very closely with division leadership and program staff to ensure they are receiving adequate epidemiological support to fulfill these functions. This person will also be responsible for meeting and collaborating with staff from other divisions/bureaus as well as external stakeholders in order to support Divisional and Office needs.

The OSE and DCBPC teams acknowledge the history and persistence of structural racism in the United States and its impact on health, including on chronic disease outcomes, healthcare systems, healthcare workforce and community-clinical linkages. The Epidemiologist will provide a structural analysis of systemic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities and apply this lens to the work of the DCBPC and the content areas focused on by the Division. Success in this work will rely on applying a structural analysis of systemic and historical racism and the resulting health inequities to the work of OSE and DCBPC, tailoring activities to this analysis.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the OSE director, OSE deputy directors, and DCBPC director to identify divisional epidemiological needs related to improving health access, prevention, health equity and other cross-cutting topics and develop cross-cutting evaluation and surveillance frameworks for the Division that will support current efforts and future development.
  • Provide leadership on the development and implementation of appropriate data collection, analysis, and dissemination processes, while supporting divisional epidemiological needs through the development of strategic plans and data informed prioritization of initiatives/resources.
  • Supervise, provide direction for, and advocate for epidemiological staff.
  • Develop, coordinate, and review epidemiology-related communication/dissemination materials including data visualizations in accordance with OSE, DCBPC and DPH policies and procedures. Coordinate with DCBPC and OSE staff in the development and dissemination of these materials, as appropriate.
  • Support coordination and direction of grant writing and management.
  • Create, revise and/or refine complex modeling techniques and trend analyses by epidemiological staff.
  • Improve data quality and collection through outreach, data quality analysis, and working with data providers.
  • Coordinate data dissemination by working on reports, data requests, presentations, and other activities on the five key focus areas, comprehensive cancer, asthma, oral health, community health workers and the healthcare workforce center, as required.
  • Work with internal and external partners to maximize the dissemination and use of this data

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of epidemiologic research methods and techniques.
  • Established expertise in robust epidemiologic methods, data analysis, and study design.
  • Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to design analysis plans, collect and manage epidemiological data, conduct statistical analyses, and interpret findings.
  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of scientific data, to draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • A demonstrated history of data-driven, health equity informed strategic planning experience.
  • Knowledge of epidemiologic and biostatistics research methods and techniques and the methods of statistical report writing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong history of effective staff supervision and mentoring.
  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and through questioning individuals.
  • Knowledge of the methods of statistical and scientific report writing.
  • Ability to manage databases, construct data files, conduct and support data entry, and perform data edits/cleaning as needed.
  • Ability to calculate age-adjusted, crude, age, and sex-specific rates of disease or exposure.
  • Ability to conduct cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses, multivariate analyses, and analyses for policy and program monitoring, development, evaluation, research, and surveillance.
  • 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
  • Strong scientific writing skills and health communication skills across a range of audiences (e.g., peer review to lay persons).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in statistical programming and data analysis skills in multiple programs including SAS, ArcGIS, R project, etc.
  • A strong history of operationalizing health equity frameworks through advanced data analyses.
  • A strong history of working translationally across content areas.
  • Established expertise with multiple health data sets including but not limited to: the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Youth Health Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Hospital Discharge Datasets (Casemix), MassGIS layers, Claims data, EMR data, American Community Survey, etc.

Salary: 83,659.16 – 123,465.94 Yearly

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