40% Data Analysis and Reports
• Conducts data analysis and create comprehensive reports of environmentally- related illnesses, occupational diseases, chronic diseases including cancer, social and economic factors affecting these conditions and illnesses including those that may be related to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, and biological, weaponized or other agents, to support the Epidemiology section and ensure public health prevention as well as response readiness for public health threats and emergencies.
25% Surveillance System
• Building upon existing resources, implements and maintains an ongoing and robust environmental surveillance system for Harris County, Texas. • Assists and supports the general development and implementation of surveillance data management, including syndromic surveillance, and participate to ensure daily functioning and operations of such systems.
10 % Data Acquisition, Request, Management and Analysis
• Assesses and utilizes Federal, State and local health data sources to better understand and characterize cancer and chronic diseases and associations with environmental, occupational and other factors. • Identifies, obtains, and as necessary, submits requests for data sources concerning such conditions
10 % Collaboration
• Participates with other divisions and offices to identify epidemiologic investigation needs especially as related to illness associated with exposure to chemicals, pollutants, toxins, radiation or biological agents. • Supports overall epidemiological disease investigation and control and ensure readiness for responding to bioterrorism, other public health threats and emergencies.
10 % Process Improvement
• Assists with development and drafting of policies, plans, protocols and study design (such as case-control and retrospective studies) to further define diseases, improve cluster investigation and outbreak investigation and reporting, and to ensure readiness for responding to bioterrorism, and other public health threats and emergencies. • Provides epidemiologic consultation as needed across the health department, including the Environmental Public Health (EPH) Division, and works collaboratively with the EPH Environmental Toxicologist to analyze data, design and conduct relevant investigations, and maintain surveillance on illnesses that may relate to factors of the environment, including, air, water, soil, chemical, biological or other hazards. • Collaborates with Harris County Pollution Control Services as part of disease investigation and surveillance, as necessary. • Assists in synthesis of data- driven information that contributes to the department’s understanding and analysis of program evaluation, disease occurrence, emerging public health issues, and public health preparedness within Harris County.
• Responsibilities include other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.