Overview

The mission of the Surveillance and Evaluation (S&E) section is to provide strategic information to guide policy and programs that serve the populations in Washington State. S&E gathers, analyzes, interprets, and reports on data that describe the health status, health care, behaviors, services, and other pertinent issues related to health.

Under the supervision of the S&E manager, this Epidemiologist 3 (Non-medical) position provides advanced epidemiologic assessment, surveillance, and evaluation support to programs in the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement (OFCHI) with a focus on maternal, infant, and community health.  The Epidemiologist 3 (Non-medical) position is supported by funding from the Maternal Mortality Review, Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, and the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI).

The Epidemiologist 3 (Non-medical) independently designs, coordinates, and analyzes several data sources related to maternal and infant health. This position is a core member of the Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel (MMRP), leads Washington’s neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) surveillance, and coordinates the work and submission of the State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) grant., leads Washington’s neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) surveillance, and is a core member of the Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel (MMRP). As the Epidemiologist 3 (Non-medical) you will lead the state’s maternal morbidity mortality surveillance, conduct state and community level assessments, and conduct epidemiologic analyses to support maternal and infant health. The findings are used to develop strategies and programs to address health disparities and health inequities in communities disproportionately impacted by negative health outcomes. Your work will contribute to general epidemiologic and evaluation capacity within DOH and the Department’s vision to enhance the health of individuals, families, and communities, and to eliminate health inequities.

Duties Include

·       Analyze data related to maternal and infant health from complex surveys, vital statistics, hospitalization datasets, and the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA); Use analytic findings to answer program assessment and evaluation questions to monitor program impacts.

·       Advocating for, showing leadership for, and educating about the concept of equity in data.

·       Leads epidemiologic and analytic work specific to SSDI grant, evaluation of the SSDI grant, and specifically providing support to Washington’s maternal opioid and NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) work.

·       Provides oversight of SSDI to ensure all grant deliverables are met, and monitors progress on grant goals and objectives.

·       Completes all federal grant reporting requirements and develops contributes to grant application according to funding cycle.

·       Leads epidemiologic and analytic work specific to SSDI grant, evaluation of the SSDI grant, and specifically providing support to Washington’s maternal opioid and NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) work.

·       Advise OFCHI programs how to use data and scientific information for planning and decision making.

·       Disseminates scientific and public health information through writing, editing, and submitting reports and articles

·       Gives presentations, advice, and information to constituent groups (both remote and in-person)

·       Design and implement evaluations of OFCHI programmatic activities and cross program quality improvement initiatives, to determine their impact and contribution toward achieving long term outcomes for OFCHI program managers.

What we’re looking for

Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate demonstrates resilience to model outward behaviors including seeing people like ourselves whose goals, objectives, needs, and challenges matter.

Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree in epidemiology with 12 quarter units of biostatistics or equivalent and 12 quarter units of epidemiology or equivalent and six years of experience in epidemiology

OR

Master’s degree in public health or related field with 12 quarter units of biostatistics or equivalent and 12 quarter units or equivalent of epidemiology and six years’ experience in epidemiology

Required Competencies

·       Quality Improvement: Applies quality improvement tools to improve efficiency, accuracy, and overall quality.

·       Cultural Competency: Ability to interact with diverse customers and partners demonstrating cultural, ethnic, and gender sensitivity and competence.

·       Problem Solving: Facilitate the problem-solving process by identifying and communicating key issues, encouraging others to offer solutions, acknowledging, and building on good ideas, and directing the group through productive discussions.

·       Communication:  Demonstrates discretion, tact and respect in all work communications, and de-escalating conflict when it arises. Demonstrates active listening and collaborative planning. Responsive to customer needs; both internal and external.

·       Teamwork: Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect. Builds rapport with others and develop and facilitate teamwork within different functional areas.

Desired Qualifications

·       Doctoral degree in epidemiology; five years’ experience in epidemiology.

·       Two years’ experience in maternal and child health epidemiology.

Desired Competencies

·       Skilled in SAS, R, Stata, ArcGIS, data visualization software, and/or SQL.

·       Experience in complex analyses, data management, and data linkage.

·       Experience in leading and facilitating groups for problem solving and work planning.

 

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About Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.