The Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) is an initiative designed to enhance public health-public safety collaboration and strengthen efforts to reduce drug overdose deaths.  The ORS is funded by CDC and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help communities reduce fatal and non-fatal drug overdose rates by improved information sharing across public health and public safety agencies, and by supporting evidence-based intervention.

As of July 2021, there are ORS Public Health Analyst (PHA) and Drug Intelligence Officer (DIO) positions in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. PHA positions are funded by CDC through the CDC Foundation and DIO positions are funded by ONDCP through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. These state teams form the foundation of the ORS and work to promote overdose prevention and response efforts, and increase communication, data flow, and intelligence sharing between public safety and public health within and across ORS states.


The CDC Foundation seeks candidates for a full time PHA to support the ORS. This position will support efforts of the Riverside University Health System, the Los Angeles HIDTA, and other key partners in the development and implementation of drug overdose information sharing systems and evidence-based prevention programs.

The PHA will ideally split their time between the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk, CA and the Riverside University Health System-Public Health Offices in Riverside, CA, with regular travel throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, and surrounding counties.



Facilitate data sharing and joint initiatives between public health and public safety agencies and organizations that are designed to address illicit drug use and overdose
Collaborate with assigned state DIO to build partnerships between local HIDTA program(s) and public health entities
Identify and promote promising overdose prevention interventions at the intersection of public health and public safety in assigned state
Support and evaluate public safety-led interventions designed to connect people who use drugs to care and treatment
Present to diverse audiences on overdose trends and local response efforts
Support projects that enhance public health/public safety collaborations through the identification of appropriate local partners, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and dissemination of project findings
Develop specialized knowledge of significant drug use and overdose trends in assigned state
Responsibilities may also include: Conduct overdose, drug use, and drug availability related data analyses on behalf of partner agencies, as needed
Create data visualizations on drug usage and overdose trends
Build partnerships with community members and stakeholders by providing technical assistance and support through communications and one on one assistance, as well as connecting partners to additional resources
Develop and conduct trainings to diverse audiences on overdose prevention best practices to enhance response efforts (including but not limited to the development of presentations, one-pagers and other training materials)
Explore and support additional projects that enhance public health/public safety collaborations through communication, information sharing, education, and partnership building
Develop products for site partners such as briefs, bulletins, reports, brochures or other educational materials
Support and evaluate public health and public safety interventions



Master’s degree in public health, the social sciences or a related field and minimum of 1 year of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree in public health, the social sciences or related field and minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience
Professional experience or demonstrated interest in substance use disorder treatment, harm reduction, drug policy and/or public health and public safety partnership
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public-speaking, presentation and listening skills
Demonstrated ability to work well independently and within teams
Ability to work effectively with diverse partners, including law enforcement professionals
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Familiarity with public health infrastructure within the state the position is located
Must be able to pass a formal federal background investigation, at no cost to the applicant
Additional qualifications may include: Experience in data collection and analysis, and developing written materials with actionable recommendations
Strong quantitative data analysis skills and experience working with SAS, SPSS, STATA or a similar statistical software package
Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and engaging in strategic partnerships
Experience in developing and implementing training events
Experience in program/project coordination
Experience in developing reports, briefings and other written materials for internal and external partners
Experience in program evaluation, including logic model development


The CDC Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as follows: At least two weeks have passed since receipt of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of the either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccines.

About the CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations, and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has raised over $1 billion and launched more than 1,000 programs impacting a variety of health threats from chronic disease conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases like rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses, including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries last year. Learn more at www.cdcfoundation.org.