Epidemiologist IV. / Comm. Health Epidemiology and Informatics Specialist – Comm. Epidemiology and Health Planning Job Number: 00121611
Job Posting: May 11, 2018, 3:50:19 PM Closing Date: May 26, 2018, 4:59:00 AM Full-time Shift Start Time: 8:30 A.M. Shift End Time: 4:30 P.M.
Collective Bargaining Unit: AFSCME Health and Hospital Systems Posting Salary: $34.682
Organization: Health and Hospital Systems
LO CATION: Department of Public Health – Comm. Epidemiology and Health Planning
Oak Forest Health Center
15900 S. Cicero Avenue,
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Under the supervision of the Director of Epidemiology, independently develops, manages, analyzes and interprets surveillance, registry, health services utilization data and other population-based data to assess health status and guide community health planning efforts. Provides technical assistance and informatics insights for decision support in identifying strategic uses for information systems and data to support, guide and assess population health initiatives. Applies epidemiologic, statistical and informatics methodologies strategic decisions. Utilizes SQL, Access, SAS, Excel and other software applications for data management and analysis. Prepares public health, epidemiologic and other technical reports for various audiences and purposes. Works with other public health and informatics professionals to assure public health needs and uses of heath information systems and health information exchange data are met. Supports and collaborates with community partners in community based assessment and planning efforts. Oversees epidemiology and informatics related aspects of assigned projects and initiatives, as needed.
· Promotes use of informatics for disease prevention at the clinical, environmental, population and personal health level.
· Works to develop and identify use of systems to improve public health through access to clinical care information.
· Assures that informatics solutions protect confidentiality, security and integrity of data while maximizing availability of information for public health.
· Supports applied public health informatics research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
· Develops, manages, analyzes and interprets surveillance, registry, service utilization and population based data using SQL, Access, SAS, Excel, GIS and other software applications.
· Provides technical assistance to public health efforts and programs by aligning project needs with information systems opportunities or existing data.
· Independently designs and produces public health, epidemiologic and technical reports for various audiences, publication and other purposes.
· Independently prepares and provides oral presentations of epidemiologic analysis to various audiences and purposes.
· Identifies and applies appropriate epidemiologic, statistical and informatics methodologies to the study, identification, measurement and evaluation of population health problems and risk factors.
· Participates principally in the preparation of a comprehensive analysis and assessment of community health status required for the regional Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) region called WePLAN.
· Participates and supports the conduct of the state required Agency certification process conducted every five years. Participates and supports the conduct of Agency accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) every five years. Participates in other Agency strategic planning activities.
· Conducts geographic analysis of selected health indicators, health systems data and population parameters as required using GIS or other geospatial software.
· Supports and collaborates with community partners by providing technical assistance to community based planning efforts.
· Assists with the development and monitoring program evaluation, performance management and quality improvement activities.
· Other duties as required.
· Master's degree or higher in public health from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, urban planning, health informatics or similar discipline (must provide official transcripts at time of interview)
· Two (2) or more years work experience in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, urban planning, health informatics or other types of applied quantitative research
· Demonstrated knowledge in programming using SQL, MS Access and SAS, SPSS or STATA software as well as Microsoft Word and Excel
· Position requires moderate to heavy local travel for which the employee must possess a valid driver's license and insured vehicle or otherwise provide an acceptable and reliable means of transportation
· Completion of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) courses to include: FEMA IS-100, 200, 700, and 800 within six (6) months of employment
· Intermediate to advanced experience in programming using SQL, Assess and SAS.
· Experience with development, management or use of health information systems and related data
· Experience with collecting, aggregating and analyzing large data sets.
· Demonstrated experience with technical writing/or publication and presentation
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
· Knowledge and ability to independently use analytical epidemiologic, statistical and informatics methods for analysis, planning and problem solving.
· Must have solid experience with SQL, MS Assess, SAS, and Excel.
· Superior written and verbal communication skills including technical or grant writing.
· Ability to translate technical language and concepts for non-technic-al staff and the public.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
· Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
· Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.