Massachusetts Public Health Association

Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Chemist III

Title: Chemist III

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

This advanced chemist position will develop and perform new Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) and/or gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS) methods independently for the quantification of metals and organic compounds in human specimens or other samples. Read More

Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Bacteriologist III

Title: Bacteriologist III

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts State Public Health Lab at the Department of Public Health offers an opportunity for a professional with a strong science background to work in the Bioterrorism Response Lab testing clinical isolates and environmental samples for suspect biothreat agents. The candidate in this position is also responsible for identification and characterization of bacteria of public health significance including the causative agents for whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis, and gonorrhea, as well as identify agents of foodborne illness such as Salmonella and E. coli, as well as testing bacterial isolates for antibiotic resistance. Read More

Job Posting for Groundwork Lawrence: Education Director

Title: Education Director

Organization: Groundwork Lawrence

Brief Summary of Position:

GWL is seeking an Education Director to lead, implement and grow a variety of youth, family and group education programs.  The Education Director provides overall leadership, development, management, and evaluation of GWL’s education programs.  The position currently supervises and collaborates with an education coordinator, 2 AmeriCorps members, and temporary seasonal staff and interns.  Reporting to the Executive Director, this position plays a key leadership role both internally and externally and directly manages staff, outcomes, and collaborative efforts with local, state, and national partners, as well as the GWUSA Network, especially other Mass-based Groundwork organizations.  The Education Director hires, trains, manages, and develops program staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health education programming, teaches, and is a member of GWL’s executive staff.
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MPHA September 2017 Newsletter

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Organizational Member Spotlight: AIDS Action Committee

Photo of Carl Sciortino, Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee

Carl Sciortino, Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee

MPHA enjoys a diverse membership of organizational partners who share our vision for an equitable and healthy Commonwealth.

This month we are happy to highlight the work of our partner organization AIDS Action Committee. Read our interview with Executive Director Carl Sciortino to learn more about AIDS Action’s important work through the Getting to Zero Coalition and to learn how you can become involved.

MPHA: What is the Getting to Zero Coalition?

Sciortino: The Massachusetts Getting to Zero Coalition is a group of community and health advocates, consumers, and organizations dedicated to ending HIV. The three broad goals are to get to zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV-related stigma. Similar efforts are springing up around the country, and are a way of convening the talent, passion, and advocacy within our communities to make sure we’re doing everything we can to bring this epidemic to a close.

MPHA: AIDS Action Committee recently released a report, “Massachusetts Comprehensive Plan to Eliminate HIV Discrimination, AIDS Related Deaths, and New HIV Infections.” Can you tell us a little about the report and its top findings?

Sciortino: I often hear reactions to our work around HIV/AIDS as if someone had already declared mission accomplished. While things are in a far better place than the worst days of the epidemic, HIV is an infectious disease that is still spreading, and continues to most impact people who are otherwise already marginalized. Our blueprint, organized in seven general categories, provides detailed goals and opportunities for further innovation in our fight against HIV. For example, one new tool is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is a daily medication that is highly effective at preventing someone from acquiring HIV. It is a gamechanger to have a biomedical prevention tool, and our blueprint talks about ways to better get the word out and get people at high risk to seek and adhere to PrEP. There are many more examples like that in the blueprint, which can be viewed at www.gettingtozeroma.org.

MPHA: The Comprehensive Plan identifies disparities by race and other aspects of identity. Can you tell us a little about these disparities and how they are being addressed?

Sciortino: While HIV is a virus that doesn’t care who a person is, what their race, gender identity, or sexual orientation is, it is still a fact that HIV disproportionately impacts people of color, gay men, and transgender women. At AIDS Action we talk about the need to not just address the health needs of our clients, but to address the social factors that allow HIV to thrive in marginalized communities, which means we have to be explicit in our work in addressing racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, xenophobia, and a fear of talking openly about sexual health. Our Getting to Zero blueprint lays out specific goals and strategies for addressing all of these social determinants of health, which is essential if we are to make continued progress.

MPHA: How can our members support AIDS Action Committee’s work?

Sciortino: One of the best ways to get involved is the AIDS Walk & 5k Run, which is always held the first Sunday in June. We’d welcome anyone to contact us who might be interested in learning more about the AIDS Walk, forming a team of friends or colleagues, and helping us to raise both money and awareness.

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Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Associate Director, Immunization Program

Title: Associate Director, Immunization Program

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and strategic public health leader to oversee administrative, fiscal, and operational needs while ensuring alignment with the mission, goals, and priorities of the Immunization Program. The Immunization Program is committed to promoting the health of Massachusetts’ citizens by ensuring that all individuals are fully immunized in a timely manner, thereby reducing the burden of vaccine preventable diseases that affect the residents of the Commonwealth.
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Job Posting for University of Massachusetts Medical School: Senior Healthcare Data Analyst

Title: Senior Healthcare Data Analyst

Organization: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Brief Summary of Position:

Under the general direction of the Director or designee, the Senior Healthcare Data Analyst will support the Office of Analytics within the Office of Medicaid (MassHealth) and support key MassHealth initiatives such as Program Integrity and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The Senor Healthcare Data Analyst will be the lead analyst on complex analyses and projects and must be able to function independently, with minimal oversight. The Senior Healthcare Data Analyst will have an opportunity to inform business decisions through data analysis. This position requires skills in critical thinking relative to the relationship between the analysis being performed and the policy and programmatic questions under study. The Senior Healthcare Data Analyst will apply superior programming skills and have experience working with healthcare administrative data. He/She must be able to craft and implement analyses from business questions and communicate results clearly and effectively to program staff. The ideal candidate will have advanced data manipulation/programming and analytic skills and a passion for understanding health care programs and policy.

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Job Posting for CommunicateHealth: Drupal/PHP Developer

Title: Drupal/PHP Developer

Organization: CommunicateHealth

Brief Summary of Position:

CommunicateHealth is looking for a Drupal/PHP Developer: You are an experienced Drupal/PHP developer with a proven interest in developing accessible, easy-to-use web based applications and tools. You are proficient in Drupal development, including custom module development, working with contributed modules including Features and Workbench moderation, core API, content creation, Views and theming. You enjoy working independently and collaboratively, have experience giving and receiving feedback and have outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail. You are passionate about making health information easier to understand and use.
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Job Posting for CommunicateHealth: Editor

Title: Editor

Organization: CommunicateHealth

Brief Summary of Position:

We are looking for an experienced editor with a strong interest in health communication and public health. You are comfortable developing material that is conversational, professional, understandable, accessible, and actionable. As an editor, you have experience reconciling feedback from subject matter experts, ensuring plain language content is scientifically accurate, and providing guidance to junior writers. You enjoy working independently and collaboratively, have experience giving and receiving feedback on content, and have outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
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Job Posting for The Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Health Care Facility Surveyor, Metro Boston/Northern Region

Title: Health Care Facility Surveyor, Metro Boston/Northern Region

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, Division of Health Care Facilities Licensure and Certification (DHCFLC) is seeking qualified individuals dedicated to public health and quality of life to conduct health care facility surveys. Individuals shall monitor and evaluate the current level of health care services provided throughout the Commonwealth to determine compliance with regulations for licensure and certification. The selected candidate will write evaluative and other reports on findings; design and perform studies evaluating the effectiveness of health care facilities, services, and related programs; consult with Department staff, other state and agencies and organizations on the provision of health care; coordinate health care services and related programs among agencies; and develop and conduct training for health care professionals.
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