24 February 2012
DNDHI Job Posting: Supervisory Health Scientist/Supervisory Statistician
The Division of Notifiable Diseases and Health Care Information (DNDHI), Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) is seeking an exceptional health scientist/informatician/statistician to serve as the chief of its Information Systems and Statistical Support Branch in Atlanta, GA.
The mission of PHSIPO is to advance the science and practice of public health surveillance that accelerates effective public health decision-making and actions. This is accomplished by managing surveillance systems with cross-CDC utility; developing new information sources, analytic methods, and tools for addressing common challenges in surveillance practice; engaging and supporting CDC programs and external partners, particularly those in health departments; having answers to common questions about surveillance practice & policy; using a multidisciplinary approach; contributing to public health emergency preparedness and response by enhancing biosurveillance capacities; and anticipating changes in healthcare, the determinants of public health, and information technologies that shape surveillance practice.
DNDHI plays a critical role in this mission by maintaining and improving the operations of surveillance systems already in existence (such as the Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance Systems (NNDSS) and BioSense), as well as the development of new surveillance capacities that are based on links between public health and health care providers. Development of new surveillance capacities will draw on the increasing automation of health care records and information systems, including opportunities for local, state, and national public health functions arising from the growth of health information exchanges, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the “meaningful use” provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The incumbent serves as chief of the Information Systems and Statistical Support Branch (ISSSB) responsible for planning, developing, directing and providing statistical, data management, informatics and information system leadership. Responsible for managing contracts in support of the information technology needs of both the BioSense Program and the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System in an applied public health surveillance program. Directs research of statistical and data management methodologies relevant for applied public health surveillance (including notifiable disease, syndromic, and health services-based surveillance). As part of the senior management team, serves as the advisor to the Division Director, other senior officials, CDC, DHHS, ONC and other Federal, state, and private officials on matters concerning the statistical and data management- and informatics-related principles and practices of public health surveillance; provide leadership in addressing public health issues of national interest; and directs initiatives to develop new and improved statistical methods and techniques for analyzing and interpreting health surveillance data. As Branch Chief, responsible for the overall management and supervision of the analytical, research, and applied surveillance program activities and personnel assigned.
Because the surveillance systems managed by this division depend on surveillance systems managed by state, local, and territorial health departments throughout the United States. In for conditions that span numerous parts of CDC, the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues both within and outside CDC is essential.
Applications for the position should be submitted by Thursday, March 22, 2012 through the USAJOBS website (www.usajobs.gov).
Supervisory Health Scientist/ Supervisory Statistician (Interdisciplinary), GS-601-15 and GS-1530-15
· Supervisory Health Scientist/ Statistician (internal): HHS-CDC-MP-12-601911
· Supervisory Health Scientist/Statistician (external): HHS-CDC-DE-12-600266
For additional information about this job, please contact Kathleen Gallagher. D.Sc., MPH by email at email@example.com or by phone at 404-498-6631.
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