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Job Title: Epidemiologist II
Job Number: 9122
Organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
Posted: 10/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Austin,  TX    USA
Compensation: $4,0223.16 - $5,301.29
Position Description: Under the direction and supervision of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Group manager, serves as the Perinatal HIV Surveillance Coordinator for Texas. Performs highly advanced consultative work requiring specialized knowledge in the planning, development, and implementation of Perinatal HIV surveillance activities. Responsible for data quality of perinatal HIV surveillance data which includes evaluating enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System (eHARS) using SAS to verify completeness and accuracy of the data and compiling monthly/quarterly data quality reports for surveillance sites. Monitors and evaluates contract sites on perinatal HIV surveillance measures and contract obligations. Provides technical assistance and training to local and regional health departments and central office staff on data collection and case reporting for HIV surveillance. Performs data linkage with vital statistics birth and death registries,as well as other databases, and eHARS for case ascertainment. Submits interim and annual progress reports for Pediatric HIV Exposure Reporting (PHER) grant objectives. Develops trainings and presentations for surveillance workshops, conferences and stakeholder meetings. Reviews and modifies policy, procedures, case report forms and other tools for perinatal HIV surveillance. Assists other epidemiologists to conduct data analysis of perinatal HIV surveillance data to respond to data requests. Assists in the preparation and review of updates to the perinatal HIV fact sheet and the Texas Pediatric and Perinatal HIV Annual Report. Works closely with the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch and external stakeholders to address perinatal HIV transmission in Texas through the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (FIMR). Serves as a member on the Perinatal Taskforce, attends and contributes to regular meetings. Coordinates HIV surveillance activities for Cactus regions (Region 1, Region 8, Region 9/10 and Region 11). Performs advanced consultative work requiring specialized knowledge in the planning, development, and implementation of HIV surveillance activities in selected areas of Texas. Provides consultative and technical assistance to agency program staff to ensure all new cases in these regions are investigated. Identifies data quality and completeness issues and works with agency program staff to resolve these issues.

Essential Job Functions: (40%) Performs quality assurance on perinatal data received from multiple HIV surveillance sites. Includes evaluating the data in eHARS using SAS for completeness and distributing reports to the sites. Identifies data collection issues related to PHER. Provides training and technical assistance to surveillance sites. Monitors site progress on PHER activities. Runs monthly and quarterly reports and distributes to surveillance sites for correction.

(25%) Performs perinatal data requests using eHARS for workgroups, presentations, epidemiologic profiles, site reviews and stakeholders. Assists with updating the Texas Pediatric and Perinatal HIV Annual Report and facts sheets. Develops trainings and informational presentations for annual HIV Surveillance Workshop. Participates in stakeholder and CDC workgroups. Reviews and modifies policy, procedures, case report forms, and other tools for PHER. Coordinates with HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch on perinatal surveillance efforts.

(10%) Performs advanced consultative work requiring specialized knowledge in the planning, development, and implementation of HIV surveillance activities in selected areas of Texas. Provides consultative and technical assistance to agency program staff to ensure new cases (Adult/Pediatric), perinatal exposures and Updates to AIDS are investigated. Identifies data quality and completeness issues and works with agency program staff to resolve these issues.

(15%) Runs matches with eHARS and birth and death registry files using SAS to ensure complete ascertainment of infants born to women living with HIV and deaths among people diagnosed with HIV. Identifies other data sources for case ascertainment and data quality and completeness that can be matched with eHARS, establishes memorandums of understanding and performs matches. Leads investigations and research inquiries related to perinatal surveillance.

(10%) Provides training to staff (Central Office and surveillance sites) for Adult and Perinatal HIV surveillance activities. Conducts chart reviews for data quality (Reabstraction project). Provides input on development of policy, procedure, tools and trainings. Assists sites with surveillance activities when staff reductions occur.

Qualifications: Initial Screening Criteria: 1. Master's degree in Public Health or related field. Experience can substitute for education. 2. Two years’ experience in public health, disease epidemiology, or program evaluation preferred.

Knowledge Skills Abilities: Knowledge of the concepts of public health practice. Knowledge of the principles of evaluation of surveillance, prevention, or health-related services programs and activities. Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology. Knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes affecting HIV surveillance and prevention activities. Knowledge of preventive health services and current social and economic problems, community inter-relationships and risk behavior associated with the transmission of HIV and STDs. Knowledge of infectious diseases, specifically HIV/STDs. Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control methods for databases. Knowledge of the principles of descriptive and analytical statistics. Knowledge of scientific and technical writing. Skill in organization of program and disease reporting data. Skill in analysis and expert skill in Excel, Microsoft Access, and SAS (preferred) or SPSS statistical software for data management and analysis. Skill in advanced written communication and oral presentations. Ability to participate in group decision-making concerning research design, methods, and protocol protocol. Ability to learn all relevant HIV data systems. Ability to interpret statistical analyses of epidemiologic and research data. Ability to train others regarding quality data collection and data entry. Ability to interpret surveillance guidance and research protocols. Ability to work with local and state health agency personnel and allied groups. Ability to gather, assemble, and analyze data. Ability to devise solutions to problems and to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.

Additional Information: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information, see the Tex

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Tex Texas State Auditor protocol. http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDesc riptions.aspx. Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Organization Description: Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Section, TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch located in Austin, Texas

Closing Date: 1/28/2019
Desired Starting Date: 11/30/2018
Contact Name: Sylvia Odem,  Manager
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Contact Email: Sylvia.Odem@dshs.texas.gov
Web Address: http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx
How to Apply: Please go to this location, http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx

Please do not email. It is necessary to complete an application at the above site.

Additional Information: Please do not email, I will not be able to reply. If you are interested in applying for the position please go to http://dshs.texas.gov/Search-Jobs.aspx and complete an application. Thank you.

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