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Job Title: EPIDEMIOLOGIST - Drug Overdose Surveillance Program
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Organization: RI Department of health
Posted: 1/13/2022
Type: Full-Time
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Number of Openings: 1
Location: Providence,  RI    USA
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Position Description: This position will be for an epidemiologist in the Drug Overdose Surveillance Program. Primary roles will be to clean, manage, and analyze statewide datasets with SAS. Datasets include: Prescription Drug monitoring program, overdose fatality data, emergency medical services data, harm reduction surveillance system, and vital records. Many opportunities for publication. Please reach out to Ben Hallowell (benjamin.hallowell@health.ri.gov) with any questions about the position. Standard government description of job below.

Class Definition GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: To analyze and document the impact of various chronic and infectious disease processes on the population of the state and/or communities, as well as on other specific subpopulations at risk; to monitor and analyze the incidence, prevalence and determinants of disease such as environment, genetics, lifestyle and access to medical care; to identify effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies; to design and/or implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions; and to do related work as required. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the administrative supervision of a superior with latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgement; assignments are made in broad outline and work is reviewed upon completion for results attained and conformance to established policies, objectives, provisions of law, rules and regulations. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Usually none. Illustrative Examples of Work Performed To analyze and document the impact of various chronic and infectious disease processes on the population of the state and/or communities, as well as on other specific subpopulations at risk. To monitor and analyze the incidence, prevalence and determinants of disease such as environment, genetics, lifestyle and access to medical care. To identify effective health promotion and disease prevention strategies. To design and/or implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions. To develop specific hypotheses which may lead to the better understanding of the etiology of disease entities, which affect the population of the state. To analyze and interpret data relating to the health status of the state's population. To conduct investigations which will expand the epidemiologic data base so that more precise and meaningful information will become available. To describe the diseases and determinants of disease in a population. To identify major health status problems of a population. To use data to identify strategies for reducing the adverse effects of major health problems in a population. To develop strategies and activities that define the most effective means of intervening in major health problems in a population. To establish procedures and standards for the evaluation of health- related programs within the state; such evaluation may include analysis of the costs and benefits of such programs and overall program efficiency and effectiveness. To provide analytic and evaluation assistance to other state agencies, community partners, and stakeholders. To do related work as required. Required Qualifications for Appointment KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of descriptive and analytical epidemiologic techniques, research and evaluation methodologies, and biostatistics as described in national standards such as the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists' Applied Epidemiology Competencies; strong written and oral communication and presentation skills; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners; and related capacities and abilities. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Possession of a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Epidemiology, or a master's degree in a related health field with specialization in the area of epidemiology. Supplemental Information Position function/duties: Timely and comprehensive monitoring of trends in fatal drug overdoses; Perform data management and validation of multiple fatal overdose datasets (Office of State Medical Examiners, State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System, Rapid Overdose Death Detection); Conduct routine reporting to CDC for SUDORS and RODD Data Analyze and interpret fatal overdose data for dissemination in formats as publications on the RIDOH Data Hub and for reports, factsheets, media releases and other sources. Review analytic results and deliverables for accuracy and validity. This will require working in collaboration with staff from the Center for Public Health Communications assigned to this project; Respond to fatal overdose data requests; Work with the Rhode Island Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force and communications staff to identify data needs and dissemination strategies; Assist with the preparation of the quarterly Rhode Island Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Meetings; Meet regularly with staff who oversee key data sources and program initiatives related to drug overdose prevention; Participate in routine and ad hoc RIDOH, CHDA, and drug overdose-related meetings. Participate and contribute to the Rhode Island Violent Death Reporting System Advisory Committee and RIDOH Epidemiologist and Evaluator Group; Prepare data for grant reports, public health conferences and other scientific meetings, and public health planning efforts; Work closely with RIDOH’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist to translate fatal overdose data into geographically relevant information for identifying and tracking patterns; Requires full availability during emergency periods of increased overdose activity or other urgent data related requests, which may include nights, weekends, and holidays. Perform other duties as necessary. Supplemental Info/Skills Preferred: Proficient use of graphics and statistical analysis data management software including SAS, Access, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with epidemiologic methods and analysis, as well as data management, data validation, research methods, and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data. Ability to apply appropriate statistical techniques for analysis and report preparation. Ability to work well as a team with diverse personnel, groups, and organizations. Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines. Proficiency using Microsoft Office products, especially Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.

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Organization Description:

Closing Date: 4/13/2022
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Benjamin Hallowell,  EPIDEMIOLOGIST - Drug Overdose Surveillance Program
Contact Location: 3 Capital Hill

Providence   RI  02906
United States
Contact Location: 3 Capital Hill
 
  Providence   RI  02906
  United States
Contact Phone: 7064023846 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: benjamin.hallowell@health.ri.gov
Web Address: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/rhodeisland/jobs/3323000/public-health-epidemiologist
How to Apply: Please apply using government link above.

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