Overview

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Two program opportunities are available within the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC’s DOP leads injury prevention efforts by using science and data to understand drug overdoses and their related harms, and to develop evidence-based prevention solutions that work. Our mission is to save lives, prevent suffering, and help reduce healthcare costs.

Research Project: The selected participant will train in the Overdose Preparedness and Response Team (OPRT) where DOP’s work focuses on building and supporting state and local capacity to prevent overdoses when new or increased threats emerge as well as respond to overdose spikes or anomalies. One example of this is the Opioid Rapid Response Program (ORRP), an interagency federal effort designed to mitigate risks to patients who abruptly lose access to prescription opioid or other controlled substance medications. ORRP leverages partnerships with federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate notifications to state health officials when a clinician who is under investigation for health care fraud or other illegal activity abruptly loses their ability to prescribe opioids or other controlled substances. The partnership and notification process facilitates rapid response at the state and local level to mitigate risks, such as abandonment, withdrawal, pain, overdose or suicide among patients who lose access to prescription medications. ORRP also provides remote technical assistance and support to state and local health officials developing, practicing, or implementing rapid response protocols.

The training activities will align with partnership and overdose prevention efforts within DOP. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant’s training activities will be in developing systems and infrastructure to support overdose preparedness and response capabilities at the state and local levels, capturing lessons learned from jurisdictions implementing response protocols, and assessing the program’s progress.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

Train to engage with state and local public health professionals to offer scientific technical assistance (under a health scientist mentorship – CDC FTE) for overdose preparedness and response.
Train to engage with other HHS partners, such as SAMHSA, HRSA, and CMS as well as Medical Boards and Professional Associations, and others to apply a systems approach to overdose prevention.
Train in the development of scientific and programmatic products and protocols
Train in the development of programmatic resources, webinars, and reports; peer-reviewed publications; and inter-agency reports and presentations.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Tiffany Winston (iwj8@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCIPC@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.

Qualifications

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by December 2022. Degree must have been within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

Knowledge or experience regarding public health, program implementation, technical assistance, drug overdose prevention or a related area
Experience or knowledge of harm reduction principles
Experience or knowledge of public health emergency preparedness and response
Strong organizational skills
Evidence of scientific productivity exemplified by scientific presentations and publications
Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff as well as non-traditional public health partners, such as law enforcement personnel.