Public Health Job Opportunities

HHS Maternal and Child Health Performance Measurement and Evaluation Fellowship

Deadline; 6/3/20 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER), in the Division of Epidemiology, of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) located in Rockville, Maryland

The mission of OER is to: 1) Build data capacity at the national, State and local levels; 2) Strengthen the present and future workforce in maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology and research; 3) Support applied research to ensure that MCH initiatives are evidence-based and reflect the state-of-the-science; and 4) Disseminate information and strengthen the evidence base in MCH.

OER plays a central role in MCHB through its support for performance measurement, data analysis, research, and evaluation activities across the bureau. Specifically, the Division of Epidemiology (DE) provides technical assistance and scientific consultation to all of MCHB’s divisions and offices across the lifecourse of program development, implementation, management, and performance assessment. In order to optimize this work, DE assigns a senior level epidemiologist or health services researcher to each MCHB division and office in order to customize the technical assistance provided to them. The selected participant will be paired with one of these senior staff members to observe, learn from, and apply new analytic and methodological approaches within the parameters of “real life” programmatic and policy decision making processes. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following four areas:

  • Participate in research and analytic support, as appropriate, to selected programs and initiatives (e.g., Healthy Start, Home Visiting and related maternal health investments) to improve the development, implementation and/or monitoring of selected MCHB investments. Activities may be requested by the MCHB Performance Measurement and Data Council Chair, OER leadership and senior staff, and by the MCHB Office of the Associate Administrator and other MCHB Offices and Divisions.
  • Contribute to research, analytic, and technical support to assess MCHB performance measurement and evaluation activities designed to quantify the impact of MCHB investments.
  • Participate in support for the annual National Survey of Children’s Health, including data checks and analyses, communications with experts, and review and comment on content and design decisions.
  • Collaborate with MCHB scientists and MCH experts on data analyses and presentations of the data to support HRSA’s and MCHB’s vision and mission.  Analyses utilizing MCHB-supported data will be prioritized and may result in manuscripts, data briefs and other materials of publishable quality.

Learning Goals and Objectives for this project include, but are not limited to:

  • Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Train in support of research, analyses and synthesis of performance measurement and/or evaluation data for major maternal and child health investments supported by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, e.g., Healthy Start
  • Train in support of research and analyses of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health resulting in publishable written products, including a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal
  • Gain first-hand exposure to and understanding of how a major national survey is designed and implemented on an annual basis
  • Refine data processing and analyses skills utilizing SAS/SUDAAN or STATA
  • Refine and expand written and oral communicative skills and competencies

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and HHS. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at HHS in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits

Qualifications:

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by July 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Coursework and/or professional experience in maternal and child health, program evaluation, performance measurement, and policy analysis
  • Assessment and/or program development and management as related to the health of maternal and child populations
  • Data analyses using statistical processing software packages, such as STATA or SAS
  • Ability to critically search and synthesize scientific literature
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

View the position and apply online here.

NE DHHS Safety/Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

Deadline: 4/30/20

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is a state agency that “Helps People Live Better Lives” every day to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans and their families. Who We Are: DHHS Central Operations and Materiel Services (COMS), a recently reorganized unit within DHHS’ Operations Divisions, is looking for a team player that is interested in contributing to the DHHS mission as a part of an accountable, ethical, transparent, and cohesive unit to serve as our Safety/Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator.

Location of position: Lincoln, NE State Office Building, 5th Level

Work schedule: M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm , some weekends and evenings, travel is expected

Examples of Work

As a DHHS Safety/Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator you will play an essential role in execution of DHHS operations. This position will help to lead the agency towards efficiency as it relates to areas within assigned unit. This position will provide leadership and help guide DHHS towards improved emergency preparedness and response. You will: 

  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and administrator the safety/emergency preparedness and response plans and programs 
  • Establish policies and procedures to comply with State and Federal laws and regulatory agency requirements 
  • Ensure each DHHS building has an Emergency Action Plan, conducts annual fire/severe weather drills, and provide on-site training when needed 
  • Be responsible for development of individualized COOP plans for each DHHS building 
  • Will establish safety committees at each DHHS building, which allows an opportunity for building staff to address issues, which can be significant in nature 
  • Conduct safety assessments 
  • Serve as the DHHS Operations liaison with the Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies to develop and implement operational plans for responding to external or internal emergencies/disasters 
  • Oversee building security for all DHHS buildings to include management of the badge access control systems, security consultation, working with Nebraska State Patrol, and conducting security assessments and development/ execution of all action plans

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, safety/industrial engineering or a related field with experience in facilitative leadership, program planning, meeting facilitation and consulting in the areas of emergency/disaster preparedness and response 
  • Three years of experience with responsibility for emergency preparedness, disaster response or safety program coordination.

PREFERRED: 

  • Knowledge of safety requirements within buildings as it relates to emergency/disaster planning  Experience planning and conducting annual fire/severe weather drills 
  • Experience providing training and group facilitation 
  • Documented experience and training related to the development of individualized COOP plans Documented experience and training conducting security risk assessments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Knowledge of: Knowledge of: safety issues, current developments and trends and plans relating to emergency/disaster preparedness and response, State and Federal safety laws, rules and regulations, facilitation techniques and program management.

Ability to: communicate in person, and by telephone, computer, email, and correspondence to exchange information and ideas and to promote agency needs, plans, and objectives; interpret program-administrative requirements, policies, regulations, and other guidelines; interact with immediate supervisor and managers/employees of the employing agency, other governmental and organization representatives, and the public, to gain their cooperation and establish work relationships; conduct research activities and summarize technical data and conclusions into reports; study problem areas, analyze relevant data, and formulate alternative courses of action; interpret and apply directives and instructions pertinent to assigned work; apply management practices, theories, techniques and methodologies; learn the goals, policies, and operations of the employing agency related to assigned work; learn the inter-relationships and communication channels among agency organizational units and operations and the groups served.

View the job description and apply online here.

University of Miami Research Positions

The University of Miami Health System is seeking individuals for research positions: The Clinical Research Services in the Sylvester Cancer Center is a centralized clinical trial office supporting cutting edge clinical trials for cancer patients in all areas of cancer (Phases 1-3). We provide regulatory, clinical, and quality assurance services to physician Investigators at the medical campus in Miami and at 4 satellite locations. We are the only NCI-designated cancer facility in South Florida.

The department currently has several open positions. The position no’s are listed next to the job title.
To apply, visit our careers page at careers.med.miami.edu. Look for the position no. in the search bar and apply. The candidates can submit multiple applications.

Current Vacancies:

  1. Clinical Research Coordinator (R100037251, R100034364, R100031699) – 3 openings Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of Clinical Research experience $52K-$55K
  2. Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator (R100036890, R100036892, R100035681, R100030823) – 4 openings Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and 5 Years of Clinical Research Experience $65K-$70K
  3. Sr. Manager Research Support (R100037909) – 1 opening Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant management experience in Research $80K-$85K
  4. Regulatory Analyst (R100036283) – 1 opening Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant regulatory experience $50-$53K
  5. Sr. Regulatory Analyst (R100036443) – 1 opening Requirements – Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant regulatory experience $60-$65K
  6. Manager Regulatory Support (R100039334) – 1 opening Requirements – Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant regulatory experience $70-$75K
    For additional information contact Pooja Chawla – pxc447@miami.edu

Cornell University Faculty Positions

Cornell University’s Master of Public Health Program invites applications for three new faculty positions. We seek a dynamic mix of tenure-track and specialty professorial-track faculty, each committed to changing the world through their teaching, research and practice. Founded in 2017 on principles of sustainability, equity and engagement, Cornell’s MPH Program seeks impact-oriented faculty to complement our existing, highly interdisciplinary team. Responsibilities will include teaching public health courses, pursuing scholarship that promotes the inter-dependent health of humans and the environment, and engaging in practice that translates into public health outcomes and policies that benefit community partners throughout New York State and the world.

Since its inception, Cornell has performed world-class public health teaching, research and service in wide-ranging disciplines across its Colleges and campuses, including Weill Cornell Medicine. Our growing MPH Program, recently accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, now provides professional public health training that takes advantage of those diverse strengths. In particular, we focus on the root causes of the greatest public health challenges of our time: how humans interact with the environment, and the widening gaps in equity of various kinds.  To do this, we utilize a transdisciplinary One Health/Planetary Health systems approach, and teach the practical skills of public health with an engaged methodology featuring community partners and small groups of students, for hands-on experience and bidirectional benefit.  

The division of teaching, research and practice responsibilities will capitalize on candidates’ areas of strength, interests and approaches. Successful candidates will teach MPH students and other public health trainees, such as those also pursuing MD, DVM, PhD or other degrees, and those in the public health workforce. Instruction will utilize classroom, online, intensive, and/or hybrid modalities. Teaching duties will include both core courses and delivery of elective courses that extend existing offerings. Examples include health policy, applied food safety, sustainable food systems, environmental public health, outbreak/disaster preparedness and response, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Teaching duties will also include serving as mentor/advisor to individual MPH students on their Applied Practice Experiences and Integrative Learning Experiences.

Successful candidates will be expected to perform applied, impact-oriented research, and/or engage with community partners in public health practice activities that mix research, teaching/training, outreach, and implementation science. All faculty will publish in scholarly journals as well as disseminate learning with their community partners in ways that produce tangible benefits to those stakeholders. Successful candidates will pursue extramural funding as appropriate to support scholarly activities in research and engaged practice.

We seek a mix of disciplinary approaches and experience, heavily featuring policy and the social and behavioral sciences, as well as biostatistics/epidemiology, and biological/ ecological/ environmental/ food systems sciences.  Stellar candidates from all fields relevant to sustainable and equitable public health will be considered.  However, to complement existing faculty and best advance our mission, we seek candidates in two broad areas, listed here with illustrative examples of practice foci and research interests:

Infectious disease: The successful candidate(s) will have significant practice experience with human infectious disease, working on topics such as antimicrobial resistancebiodefensedisease surveillancevector-borne disease, or zoonoses.  Examples of relevant approaches include policy regarding prevention or outbreak response, epidemiology, study of arthropod vectors, vaccine development/communication/hesitancy, etc.

Sustainability and public health:  The successful candidate(s) will perform practice and research on linkages between human health and that of the environment, such as agriculture and nutritionbiodiversitynon-communicable diseaseclimate changedisaster preparedness and responseenvironmental health, and food systems.  Desired approaches vary widely, including understanding and overcoming the underlying social and environmental inequities (e.g. exposure to environmental toxins and/or particulate air pollution; structural inequalities in access to health care, markets, affordable nutrition, education, clean water, nature, etc.) that contribute to both disease and environmental degradation.

Use of a One Health/Planetary Health lens to address topics such as climate-induced migration of people and other species, resilience to flooding/fire, changes in food production and security, and outbreaks of introduced agricultural/human disease or emergent infectious disease, could involve approaches such as policy, ecosystem restoration, social and behavioral sciences, and modeling of health impacts. 

Successful candidates must have advanced training in public health (MPH, DrPH), allied health professions (e.g. DVM/VMD, MD), relevant fields of research (PhD), or combinations thereof. Candidates with evidence of multidisciplinary training and practice or applied research experience will be preferred. Salary, rank and title will be commensurate with academic credentials, experience, duties, and program needs.

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York. The University offers an exciting work environment with opportunities for innovative and interdisciplinary practice, research, and teaching. This includes opportunities to work with a variety of world class partners/faculty across campus including: Cornell’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, Global Health Program, Institute for Public Affairs, and Cornell’s state-wide Cooperative Extension. We work particularly closely with Cornell’s CDC-funded Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease, the CDC-funded Integrated Center for Food Safety, and the DOT-funded Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health. Our faculty are heavily involved in the Engaged Cornell Initiative, which brings students out of the classroom and engages them with community partners during their training. Other University-wide topics of special interest include Antimicrobial Resistance and Digital Agriculture, and a bold series of trans-disciplinary searches in Data Science, Infection Biology, Social Sciences, and Sustainability (http://provost.cornell.edu/academic-initiatives/radical-collaboration/), among others. Public health activities cross the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, serving New York State, the United States, and the world.

View the job description and application instructions online here.

Program CQI Specialist

Nebraska Children’s Home Society is seeking a Program CQI Specialist.

Responsible for monitoring the home visitation programs to fidelity, assisting in program evaluation, and providing continuous quality improvement services to support successful outcomes for children & families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1.      Ensure systems are in place for data collection and data management for the home visitation programs.

2.      Oversee data collection and management for the purpose of program fidelity, evaluation, reporting outcomes, and maintaining accreditation. 

3.      Compile data and create reports for internal and external use for reporting on program performance and quality metrics from multiple sources.  Assist in the analysis of program evaluation and identifying quality improvement areas.

4.      Develop and ensure implementation of the quality assurance plan for the home visitation program.

5.      Conduct quarterly client file reviews. 

6.      Conduct quality review of fidelity components to ensure compliance with evidence-based models.

7.      Collaborate with the home visitation team and represent the program on NCHS Quality Council.

8.      Attend and support the advisory group to look at quality improvement for the programs.

9.      Manage the accreditation activities for the home visitation programs.

10.  Provide reports monthly and maintain open communication with supervisor; participates in meetings and calls requested by supervisor.

11.  Support systematic change projects to achieve quality improvement goals.

12.  Assist in providing training related to quality improvement as requested by supervisor.

Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Participation in management activities as required
  2. Commitment to NCHS mission, vision, values and strategic goals; 
  3. Commitment to NCHS CQI initiatives;
  4. Maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all internal and external professionals;
  5. Participation in agency committees as assigned;
  6. Complete required training for fidelity monitoring and maintain any credentials required.
  7. As required for fidelity monitoring, completion of ongoing education each year specifically related to the position;
  8. Ongoing compliance with all contract and grant position requirements;
  9. Positive representation of NCHS in all community settings;
  10. Adherence to confidentiality policies;
  11. Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
  12. Other duties as assigned by the CQI, Compliance & Grants Director.                     

Qualifications and Requirements:

1.      Minimum education and experience:

a.       Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Public Administration or related field, Master’s degree preferred.

b.      Must have at least three (3) years of relevant experience, working in child welfare or prevention or intervention programming for children & families.

c.       Experience in program evaluation, benchmarking, developing dashboards and other data reports, and quality improvement required

d.      Experience in Healthy Families America®, other home visitation programs, or other evidence-based programming for children and families preferred.

e.       Experience in managing grants or contracts preferred.

2.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

a.       Strong passion to serve children and families and make a positive impact in their lives by supporting program staff; 

b.      A solid understanding and experience in quality assurance/continuous quality improvement programming;

c.       Knowledge of family functioning and infant-child development, parent-child attachment family functioning, community resources, prevention strategies, and advocacy.

d.      Ability to synthesize various requirements, fidelity components, best practices and technical instruction and communicate with others for successful program implementation;

e.       Ability to write clearly, concisely, and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

f.        Proficiency in Word, Excel, Power Point and calendaring software and willingness to learn and utilize NCHS software and hardware systems;

g.      Excellent attention to detail and ability to proofread;

h.      Ability to communicate effectively and professionally;

i.        Ability to organize, problem-solve, and work as a part of a team, as well as independently;

j.        Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines;

k.      Skill and ability to develop logical and innovative solutions; and

l.        Possess driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance

View the full job description and application instructions online here.

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