Position Description: Under the supervision of the Director of Epidemiology Programs and the Manager of the Surveillance and Informatics Program, the Senior Program Analyst is a policy- oriented but technically grounded position. The Senior Program Analyst will be a focal point for assessment, research, and program activities for public health surveillance and policy development that have an impact on state and local health departments. Applicants should have a strong background and demonstrated knowledge in public health informatics and disease surveillance.
This Senior Program Analyst (Surveillance and Informatics) position involves project management, participation and CSTE National Office leadership in the Surveillance and Informatics (SI) Steering Committee. The CSTE SI Steering Committee was developed to concentrate CSTE’s efforts to comprehensively address surveillance and informatics needs of state and local public health agencies and how those needs support applied epidemiology.
CSTE’s SI work encompasses broad surveillance tools such as electronic case reporting, electronic laboratory reporting, disease surveillance, and developing and refining technical requirements, standards, policy, and overall architecture through collaborations and specialty working groups. CSTE’s SI subcommittees collaborate with CDC, APHL, ASTHO, ISDS, JPHIT, NACCHO, NAPHSIS, PHII, and other organizations to facilitate and increase information sharing within the informatics community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages projects related to electronic case reporting, specifically the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) project, including managing consultant and contractor agreements; liaising between the SI Steering Committee, the RCKMS Coordination Team, developers, and other CSTE members; and planning in-person and virtual meetings as necessary. Other activities within RCKMS include: - Supporting the development of RCKMS training and communication materials and representing RCKMS at various national or partner meetings.
- Creation and management of project plans;
- Supporting system requirements documentation;
- Software testing and troubleshooting of HL7 CDA documents;
- Coordination of in-person and virtual software training and training material development;
- Liaising between Health IT, healthcare providers, and public health on the implementation of nationwide surveillance initiatives;
- Representing CSTE in HL7 standards development;
- Coordinates with CSTE staff lead on the translation of reporting requirements into machine processable formats.
Supports CSTE Electronic Laboratory and Disease Reporting Subcommittee and Surveillance Policy Subcommittee and related activities. Keeps up-to-date on public health informatics knowledge and skills, especially in the areas of electronic public health case reporting, system integration, standards and interoperability, and health information exchange between healthcare entities and public health agencies. Supports CSTE members' efforts to establish national standards for surveillance, informatics and epidemiology. Advises the CSTE Executive Board, Executive Director, Senior Director of Programs, Director of Epidemiology Programs, and the Manager of the Surveillance and Informatics Program on issues of critical national, regional, or international significance. Advises the Executive Director, Senior Director of Programs, Director of Epidemiology Programs, and Manager of the Surveillance and Informatics Program on resources needed to accomplish the goals and objectives, and public policy initiatives in other areas, and investigates mechanisms to secure those resources, in collaboration with the appointed volunteer members. Manages activities of cooperative agreements (or portions thereof) which support the position, coordinating sponsor expectations with member needs as appropriate, consulting with other CSTE staff as required to coordinate activities and networking with other Council activities. Continually develops and strengthens the Council's technical, policy, and regulatory partnerships in order to expand and enhance the role of epidemiology and informatics in addressing public health issues and training for epidemiologists, and identify and solidify potential partnerships Provides the Director of Communications and CSTE members with information about national issues through such communication vehicles as CSTE determines are appropriate, such as monthly newsletters and electronic mailings, in addition to targeted information sharing with particular members concerning activities for that state. Develops and plans, in conjunction with relevant CSTE Subcommittees, such conferences and meetings as are considered appropriate to promote enhanced interaction between the public health and topical issue communities, focusing on issues which impact epidemiologists. Promotes CSTE membership and engages new and current members in projects and activities. Exemplifies CSTE core values of commitment to service, teamwork and excellence through integrity and respect for all. Other duties as assigned.