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State of Massachusetts Health Equity Epidemiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks to hire an Epidemiologist who will serve as an essential member of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) within the Office of Population Health (OPH). Our applicant will play a central role on the team that develops Disparities Dashboards to inform the Department’s efforts to achieve health equity and will be responsible for coordinating the acquisition of data, cleaning the data, preparing the files, and analyzing and reporting of disparities-related surveillance activities across the department including the publication of the disparities dashboard. This role will also support entities in the collection and use of priority population data and the collection of demographic data using DPH standards. This position will also work across the department to implement data collection standards for demographic data and reports directly to the OHE Director.

The selected candidate will collaborate very closely with epidemiologists from other bureaus and offices on analytics related to health equity and disparities-related topics of public health concern. This will include supporting the collection, analysis and reporting of population specific data in priority datasets. This position is responsible for analyzing data from several different sources including, but not limited to: vital records, hospital discharge data (CaseMix), health surveys data (e.g. BRFSS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data, Youth Health Survey), claims data, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data, Massachusetts Cancer Registry, Pregnancy and Early Life Longitudinal data system (PELL), clinical data used in alternative payment model contracts, and any other data deemed relevant. The Epidemiologist is responsible for providing ad hoc analyses in response to data requests related to priority populations or disparities-related data surveillance. Additionally, this person will be cross-trained to support other analytic needs within OHE as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Director including but not limited to working with program data related to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services or Interpretive Services in hospital facilities, or Disability topic areas.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Coordinate the acquisition of data that goes into the production of the disparities dashboard including data from the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, health surveillance data sets (e.g. BRFSS), and other data holders.

  • Partner with the data providers to resolve data quality and control issues.

  • Clean data and perform analytic files for analysis; prepare the results to be incorporated into the disparities dashboard and data briefs utilizing graphs, charts and other data visualizations

  • Update disparities dashboard with new updated data and new measures as they become available, and maintain version control of the dashboard and any corresponding reports.

  • Collaborate with other epidemiologists on developing the disparities dashboard to identify available data, prioritize data that requires alteration to be included in the disparities dashboard, and identify key stakeholders to help to improve and run any necessary data control or improvement efforts.

  • Work with other epidemiologists and programs across the department to implement data collection standards for demographic variables; perform quality checks to ensure updates or alterations of reports run appropriately.

  • Develop and document SAS programs used for cleaning and analyzing the datasets, and create templates for reproducibility.

  • Partner closely with other bureaus and programs to align work with these agencies when there are multiple programs using this data.

  • Partner with internal and external partners to maximize the dissemination and use of this data, such as epidemiologists in the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality and Bureau of Community Health and Prevention; understand the demographic data elements used for alternative payment model contract reporting such as those in MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations and Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) aligned quality measure set.

  • Assemble demographic data elements from datasets used for alternative payment model contract reporting and provide analysis of commonalities across datasets and steps needed to achieve greater standardization.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or social sciences that have application and contributes to understanding of health, public health and health equity as they relate to social determinants of health.

  • Research and provision of technical assistance on data and evaluation related to health equity, and disparities related to priority populations (e.g. race/ethnicity, SOGI, people with disabilities, etc.);

  • Familiarity with administrative and survey data.

  • Proficient use of graphics and statistical analysis data management software including SAS, Access, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to draft and edit code in SAS and experience mapping data, particularly surveillance and/or disease data, using GIS software.

  • Record of working with and analyzing large, complex data sets with proven experience in the creation of data documents for multiple audiences.

  • Prior experience working with quality measures and metric creation and documentation (e.g. data dictionaries, code documentation, etc.)

*Doctoral candidates encouraged to apply *

*Please submit a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position and your relevant work experience.

_About the Department of Public Health:_

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

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Total Compensation:

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As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have at least (A) five (5) years of full-time or equivalent part-time professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least two (2) years must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions listed below.

_Substitutions_

I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Master’s degree or higher with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Health Equity Epidemiologist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 18000894

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