The Epidemiologist investigates and reports Zika virus infections among pregnant women and their fetuses and infants in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments. This position is responsible for conducting and augmenting disease surveillance activities within state and local health departments in up to twenty regions across the United States.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties maybe assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.
Investigates and reports Zika virus infections to the CDC U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and Birth Defects Surveillance Systems, through manual and electronic data abstraction. This includes pregnant women, their fetuses and infants, and Zika virus disease cases with severe clinical manifestations (e.g., congenital infection with microcephaly or other birth defects).
Serves as a technical lead to optimize U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, which includes site visits to state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments for the purpose of: (1) coordinating the design of the Registry protocol for local transmission investigation and abstraction and (2) troubleshooting surveillance and medical record abstraction processes to ensure Registry best quality practices.
Utilizes site visit plan to coordinate, develop and communicate site visits with state and local public health departments.
Develops and maintains strong working relationships with state and local health department leadership and staff.
Helps drive related public health actions by recommending surveillance improvements based on individual local health department needs, capabilities and limitations.
Identifies and reports all eligible cases that meet U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry case definition. Reported cases include pregnant women in the U.S. with laboratory evidence of Zika virus (i.e., positive or inconclusive Zika virus tests with or without symptoms), prenatally or exposed infants born to these women, infants with laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection (i.e., positive or inconclusive Zika virus tests with or without symptoms) and the retrospective inclusion of their mothers.
Coordinates with Registry staff for the secure and timely transmittal of U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry forms concerning maternal and infant follow-up. Implements all Registry data elements and required formatting unless state law forbids transmission of certain Registry data elements.
Provides technical assistance to sustain and enhance laboratory diagnostic capacity. Ensures laboratory capacity to collect serum and urine and to perform Zika virus testing in accordance with current CDC guidance.
Collaborates with medical records abstractor and/or data analysts to review and abstract medical and health-related records of Zika-infected women and their offspring. Ensures medical record abstractions occur during prenatal care, delivery birth hospitalization, and for surviving children up to three years of age; and that abstractions include all required information as outlined in assigned detailed data specifications.
Reviews medical record abstraction data. Helps to assure data accuracy, quality, completeness and development of surveillance reports.
Complies with all policies and regulatory requirements.
Serves as a resource to state and local health departments and team members at the national, state and local levels.
Serves as a source of staff training, as needed.
Travels locally throughout jurisdiction.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize output. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and Human Resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.
Master’s degree in Epidemiology or a closely related field of study and a minimum of two (2) years relevant epidemiological work experience in a public health agency; or a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in epidemiology, health education, biostatistics, or a related field of study and a minimum of three (3) years relevant epidemiological work experience in a public health agency. R.N. or MD designation helpful.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Working knowledge and understanding of public health scientific principles and policies related to epidemiology data management and data integrity
Working knowledge and understanding of epidemiology principles, surveillance and investigation, study design, descriptive statistics, and statistical analysis (including statistical programming languages)
Comprehensive knowledge of laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the administration of public health clinics, programs and medical / health records information
Exceptional skills and ability to function as a liaison, fostering relationships with internal and external stakeholders and participating effectively on a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational project team towards achievement of project objectives
Skilled proficiency in interpreting statistical data and scientific information
Excellent verbal and written communications skills with ability to effectively present information before local, state or federal stakeholders and agencies
Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals
Excellent supervisory and management skills with ability to resolve conflicts, grievances, confrontations or disagreements in a constructive manner
Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel Outlook, Project, etc.)
Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities
Ability to schedule, plan and lead meetings
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills with ability to implement a proactive approach to problem-solving
Exceptional relationship-building skills having ability to interact professionally with individuals who have contracted the Zika virus
Ability to facilitate teamwork and coordinate efforts for the successful achievement of goals
Exceptional ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines
Ability to effectively work both independently and in a highly collaborative, team environment
Ability to travel more than 70% of the time
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.