*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) 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.

Research Project: The CDC Arthritis Program within the Division of Population Health, Healthy Aging Branch is now accepting applications for an ORISE health communication training opportunity. The participant will have the opportunity to train with other communication specialists and utilize a variety of communication and media channels to increase awareness and reach target audiences with prevention and health messages. Related training activities may include:

  • Developing promotional materials for health observances and scientific publications.
  • Facilitating information dissemination through development and use of social media, infographics, maps, tables, charts and PowerPoint or other presentations.
  • Developing responses to communication inquiries and requests.
  • Translating scientific content for public health use and application.
  • Developing and using communication tools, messages and resources for a variety of audiences.
  • Conducting forecasting portal monitoring and updating prepared responses and FAQs.
  • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating communication and marketing campaigns and initiatives.
  • Contributing to communication products and tools that reflect knowledge of appropriate health communication, health promotion, and marketing strategies.
  • Analyzing and reporting metrics to assess impact and reach of communication tools and products such as web pages, podcasts, infographics, newsletters, social media, etc.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, this opportunity will provide the participant with training and experience in multiple capacities related to marketing, communication and health promotion strategies to increase awareness, visibility and action to address arthritis burden and disseminate effective programs and strategies for managing the disease.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Erica Odom (ebo9@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for six months, 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, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

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). Additionally, the fellow will follow the telework schedule based on guidance and recommendations applicable to all Division staff.

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