The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 3 (Toxic Hazards) to join our team. This position will work in the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch (EHDW) and will lead the newly created Office of Climate and Public Health established under Governor Lamont’s Executive Order #21-3. The DPH has conducted several climate change and public health-related assessments and interventions since 2010, including work done within the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order #3.
This Epidemiologist 3 position will provide leadership, program development, coordination and develop partnerships with other state agencies, local health directors, regional planning agencies, Connecticut universities, non-governmental stakeholders, and community organizations. This leadership position, under the management of the EHDW Public Health Branch Chief, will focus on developing a public health equity approach, initiatives that directly conjoin the Governor’s GC3 priority Climate Initiatives with a public health focus on asthma, air quality, drinking water quality and quantity, and heat islands and impact on vulnerable populations and health equity.
This role is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Building Resiliency Against Climate Effects (BRACE) grant awarded to the DPH. This position will assume the role of Principal Investigator and Climate Coordinator of the Office of Climate and Public Health and will be responsible for overseeing all work activities performed with BRACE grant funding and program evaluation. This Epidemiologist 3 position will be the champion for prioritizing, integrating, and implementing climate resiliency actions within DPH and with stakeholders and will work to address the intersection of climate change and health equity.
Work Schedule: Typically Monday – Friday
Work Hours: Full-time, First Shift, 35 hours per week
There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and working remotely in accordance with State policies.
Location: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU:
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
Retirement healthcare offerings
Professional growth and development opportunities
A healthy work/life balance!
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:
Responsible to operate and provide leadership to coordinate the DPH Office of Climate and Public Health (OCPH) under the direction of the EHDW Public Health Branch Chief;
Work to establish guidance and policies, including recommending revisions to statutes and regulations, to reduce illness and death among Connecticut’s residents from climate-related disease and exposures with health equity as a consistent focus;
Develop an implementation workplan to address and work to minimize human health impact;
Work to convene and form partnerships and collaboratives with climate and health stakeholders, including local health departments, universities, and non-profits focused on health and equity and the private sector to implement public health adaptation and mitigation actions;
Propose climate resiliency related strategies to be incorporated into DPH’s State Health Improvement Plan and the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan;
Work with contractors to develop guidance for local heat and air quality response plans (including alerts and communication strategies) and support local implementation through trainings and capacity building;
Act as CDC BRACE Grant Principal Investigator (report back to CDC on project progress and manage all project deliverables);
Assemble and lead a program evaluation team for climate change health and safety activities, to include representatives from key partner organizations to build our internal knowledge and understanding of climate related health impacts and disparities; and
Perform related duties as needed.
About State of Connecticut - Department of Public Health
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:
Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
Preventing disease, injury, and disability
Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.