University of Washington School of Public Health
Epidemiologist I - State of Alaska, Division of Public Health
Part-time position, 37.5 hours per week
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: May 21, 2018
Epidemiologist I- Anchorage, Alaska
Do you want to be part of a team that is passionate about reducing infant, child and maternal mortality in Alaska? Would you like to support state efforts to address factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes, infant safe sleep, injuries and suicide? The Alaska Division of Public Health, Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Unit, is recruiting for an Epidemiology Specialist I to support the Maternal Child Death Review program. We are looking for someone with data analysis skills who enjoys working in a tight knit team to achieve the best health for young Alaskans. Please see the job description below for more details:
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The recruitment for this vacancy has been extended.
The Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health, is seeking to fill an Epidemiology Specialist I position overseeing the Maternal Child Death Review (MCDR) surveillance program located in Anchorage.
The position oversees a range of public health surveillance activities for MCDR. This includes conducting routine statistical analysis of data, identifying epidemiological trends and patterns, and interpreting surveillance data. This position also maintains the MCDR databases, collects and organizes data, and oversees the data collection and review process. In conjunction with the Public Health Scientist, the Epidemiology Specialist I develops and implements novel methodology to improve surveillance efficiencies, reliability, and timeliness.
Typical tasks for this position include:
- Perform quality assurance and quality improvement actions based on the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention guidelines.
- Analyze trends and identify at risk populations using SAS statistical software.
- Respond to data requests from public health program managers, the media, and other entities for mortality information.
- Link MCDR data with other datasets and analyze mortality by various demographic factors.
- Perform statistical analyses to assess risk factors and direct future investigation.
- Organize and deliver MCDR surveillance data at professional conferences, meetings, and other settings.
- Manage the data entry into the national database.
- Organize and meet with an advisory committee.
- Summarize cases and organize, facilitate and participate in reviews of maternal, infant, and child deaths.
- Maintain partnerships for data sharing and review.
- Adhere to grant requirements, including submitting reports to funders and writing grant applications.
This position has lead level authority over the Health Program Associate who works on the MCDR program. In this capacity, the Epidemiology Specialist I has authority to assign work, set task priorities, check quality of work, provide instruction and training, and make recommendations to the primary supervisor regarding performance and employment. This position makes recommendations to the supervisor regarding discipline, discharge, or adjudication of grievances but does not have authority to perform these functions independently.
We are looking for the following demonstrated strengths:
- Considerable knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of epidemiology, including hypothesis generation, data analysis and interpretation, and basic statistical methods used in epidemiological studies.
- Understanding of the principles of public health surveillance.
- Understanding of mortality reviews, with some knowledge of the primary causes and risk factors for infant, child, and/or maternal deaths.
- Intermediate skills in SAS and Excel.
- Knowledge of accepted practices in the preparation of scientific papers and reports.
- Ability to organize, evaluate, and present information effectively, both orally and in writing, and convey technical terms and information to both health professionals and lay people.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Ability to critically and scientifically approach problems.
- Ability to communicate clearly and interact on a professional level with physicians and other health care providers on the MCDR committee.
The position is located within the Section of Women, Children’s, and Family Health (WCFH), MCH Epidemiology Unit, a highly productive workgroup dedicated to providing the State with epidemiological data on maternal and child health issues for use in planning and evaluating programs, preventing poor health outcomes, and guiding public health policy. (http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/mchepi)
A master’s degree from an accredited college in epidemiology, biostatistics/statistics, public health nursing, health sciences, health administration, public health, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, or a closely related field.
Two years of experience involving significant collection, analysis, and maintenance of data concerning conditions of public health importance such as incidence/prevalence of disease or injuries, social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, environmental risk factors, and/or demographic characteristics. The required professional experience includes but is not exclusively limited to such work as may be performed by a Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Public Health Specialist, Health Program Manager, Health Practitioner, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Health Program Associate, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician, or Research Analyst with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in epidemiology, biostatistics/statistics, public health nursing, health sciences, health administration, public health, community health, emergency medical services, psychology, the social sciences, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, social work, or a closely related field.
Four years of experience involving significant collection, an