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Regional Epidemiologist, East Wenatchee, WA


Organization: Chelan-Douglas Health District
Category: Epidemiologist
Location: East Wenatchee, WA
Date Job Posted: December 18, 2019
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POSITION DESCRIPTION

Note: This multi-jurisdictional position may be housed at any of the 3 participating public health jurisdictions, depending on the preferences of the epidemiologist and other factors. For that reason, the job title may vary somewhat depending on the jurisdiction involved. These matters will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Classification: Regional Epidemiologist (Regional/Special Projects)
Title: Regional Epidemiologist – Assessment
Employee Name: Vacant
Program: Assessment, Planning and Evaluation
Division: Administration
FTE: 1.0
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Represented Status: TBD by hiring jurisdiction
Salary Range: $58,470 to $74,625
Position Number: Effective Date: January 1, 2019
Revised: December 5, 2019

Submit Resumes to: Barry Kling, Administrator, Chelan-Douglas Health District, 200 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, Washington, 98802, or via email to barry.kling@cdhd.wa.gov

Definition:

This is a professional position leading and coordinating epidemiological investigations, conducting advanced community health assessments throughout a four county region (Grant, Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas) in central Washington State, and leading multi-partner special projects. A person in this position works independently with minimum supervision, typically from the Local Health Jurisdiction (health department) Administrators. The incumbent is expected to perform advanced epidemiological activities related to collection of epidemiological data, researching, analyzing and interpreting health-related characteristics of the population to identify the distribution of diseases, behaviors and conditions. Proposes and/or initiates regional health needs assessments and/or investigations, complex analyses and reports. Designs and implements major special projects of regional significance. Support programs in designing and conducting program evaluations. Work results are usually reviewed by the Administrator for soundness of technical judgment and for the quality and quantity of work products.

Examples of Work Performed:

This position is expected to apply a broad and advanced knowledge of the principles, practices, and current developments related to epidemiology and of the facts and causes related to infectious, chronic and environmental/occupational diseases and their prevention

  • Identifies, gathers, analyzes, and interprets data from a variety of local, state, and national sources. Assures data integrity. Develops data sources, including regional datasets that utilize both population-based data as well as clinical data. Ability to obtain secondary data from local, regional, state, and national resources and utilizes various methods to obtain primary data. Designs or assists in development of evaluation outcome measures for internal and external programs.
  • Performs statistical analyses and provides interpretation of health data, e.g., descriptive analysis, univariate analysis, trend analysis, multiple logistic regression, analysis of variance, survival analysis, etc. Interprets data to identify key health issues and consults with regional leadership to develop priorities and guide policy making and development of effective intervention programs.
  • Assist the local public health assessment staff to coordinate regional and district community health assessments and community health improvement planning activities with a wide range of community partners including the three local health jurisdictions (Grant, Chelan- Douglas and Okanogan), the North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH), social services, schools, hospitals/clinics, laboratories, law enforcement, first responders, and more.
  • Develop and/or assist with assessment skill development for local public health staff with in the 4 county region.
  • Manages special projects and coordinates multiagency teams to conduct analyses, set priorities and take action on special health issues and/or with high risk populations. A person in this role should have the ability to develop and execute project work plans, collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data and conduct literature searches on evidence- based interventions and policy options.
  • Project management skills also include the ability to facilitate multiagency workgroups, communicate effectively with regional partners including local health jurisdictions, the NCACH, hospitals and healthcare systems and culturally diverse populations.
  • Prepare critical topical reports to document current health status, identify trends, magnitude and disparities in the population of the NC region and the four counties and identify emerging concerns. Reports must include recommendations from the perspective public health as the Chief Health Strategist.
  • Designs, coordinates, and conducts case control, cohort, or cross sectional studies to identify the incidence, prevalence, or causes of human morbidity or mortality using a variety of epidemiological methods; prepares formal written reports of study findings, including a description of the methods used, the findings, and the interpretation of the findings.
  • In collaboration with other epidemiologists, coordinates local and regional health research projects or emerging issue reports investigating human morbidity and mortality. For example, coordinates epidemiological investigations on chronic illness conditions, unintentional injuries or other adverse health outcomes, taking into account health inequities and social determinants of health, when possible.
  • Interacts during the course of special projects and/or investigations with health providers or other persons performing clinical or health research. Acts as a resource person to medical and lay communities regarding public health issues.
  • As part of special projects, develops multiagency databases that include both population and clinical data. Must have the ability to develop data sharing agreements and work with IT and research staff of hospitals and clinical systems to collect data on specific health conditions.
  • Uses the results of epidemiologic analyses to help formulate public health policy and recommendations, guide program planning and identify problems needing additional study. Identifies and proposes health policies and/or corrective action(s) to environmental and/or social conditions resulting in adverse health outcomes, e.g. social determinants of health, health inequity issues.
  • Provide public health information and education on assessment findings through written materials and presentations to a variety of audiences, including local, regional and state groups, health care professionals, the media, and general public, including information on assessment/research methodology, general epidemiological questions, and project health improvement recommendations.
  • Obtains, as necessary, approval from human subject review boards to conduct investigations or research.
  • Consults and collaborates with a broad spectrum of public health constituents and participants including local, regional, state, and federal public health officials, as well as government officials, private individuals, and senior researchers in academic setting, to guide policy-making and the development of effective public health intervention programs.
  • Assists with grant writing, particularly related to studies of an investigational nature.
  • Other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Requires knowledge of the field of assignment and physical ability sufficient to perform thoroughly and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated by example in the above job description.

  • Knowledge of modern epidemiology principles, practices, current developments and select biostatistical analysis methodologies appropriate to specific needs.
  • Ability to present epidemiological information to decision makers in an understandable and coherent form, typically using graphics with appropriate notations.
  • Experience with developing a community health needs assessment and community health improvement plan.
  • Knowledge of tools and resources available to obtain valid and reliable data. Be able to develop databases that can be used for both population-based and clinical data.
  • Develop, facilitate, and coordinate complex investigations, evaluations, research, and assessments with minimal supervision providing recommendations to manager, LHJ
  • Leadership and regional partners.
  • Knowledge of the facts relating to occurrence and prevention of infectious, chronic and environmental/occupational diseases, and preventive medicine, including medical and healthcare research.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health; including applied knowledge of evidence-based interventions.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct health surveys.
  • Ability to develop and execute epidemiological studies and analyze, summarize, and interpret information pertaining to assessment/research activities.
  • Ability to gather, organize and present facts and statistical data in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing, able to explain analytical results to people with varying degrees of familiarity with epidemiological and statistical methods and principles.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, manipulate and statistically analyze databases of considerable size and complexity using a variety of computer programs, e.g. SPSS, STATA, SAS, etc.
  • Ability to work in a windows environment with experience in MS Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, discretion and judgment in carrying out work, be able to anticipate problems and problem solve in the field and office
  • Ability to work independently, but also work collaboratively as a team in effective working relationships with staff, other health districts/departments, regional colleagues, public and private officials and community groups, culturally diverse groups, and the general public.
  • Regulations and laws relating to clinical patient information as well general public health data including but not limited to chronic and communicable diseases, documentation, release of information, and protection of individual data.
  • Computers and programming in database management, statistical software, word processing, and presentations.
  • Apply laws and departmental rules and regulations to the sharing of data among various health organizations including public health and clinical and behavioral health providers, knowledgeable in data display and protection.
  • Design and implement regional community health assessments and community health improvement plans.
  • Oversee multiple ongoing projects in an environment of changing priorities and pressing deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with governmental, voluntary, and private organizations concerned with public health services and be able to work with residents of the region; especially those at high risk for adverse health conditions.
  • Commit to continuous self-educations, training, and skill building

Job Location, Working Conditions and Equipment Utilized:

Work is performed indoors in an office environment utilizing standard office equipment including personal computer and related software. Travel is required to locations both in and out of the County. The position’s office location will be determined in cooperation with the successful applicant, but considerable time will be spent out in the community at various settings. Work may include traveling to community organizations such as schools, hospitals, clinics and social service agencies; other travel may include local or statewide for meetings and other forums. Travel is required to locations both in and out of the region, including some early morning and evening meetings, with potential for overnight travel for state meetings.

Required Physical Traits:

  • Requires manual dexterity and visual acuity to operate a personal computer and peripherals.
  • Requires ability to drive an automobile.
  • Requires ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds.
  • Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to communicate orally.
  • Requires ability to respond to telephone inquiries and work with people.

Education and Experience Required:

Education: Master's Degree in Epidemiology or Public Health; or in a closely related field plus 12 post graduate quarter hours in epidemiology and 12 post graduate quarter hours in biostatistics or statistics; Masters level work in Health Informatics and/or clinical research may also be substituted for above.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in epidemiology or other work closely related to the position's duties.

Or: In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

Licenses, Certifications and Other:

  • Experience with the STATA analytic software, or other statistical software such as SAS or SPSS.
  • At least two years of work experience in a public health agency or in a hospital or medical system working with health data.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record which meets the requirements of the host Health District's insurance carrier
  • Washington State Patrol background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830.
  • Depending on Local Public Health Agency, must show proof of immunity to required immunizations.

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