Hepatitis Epidemiologist

Long island City, NY

The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. (FPHNY) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, FPHNY implements programs to address pressing public health needs, fosters private sector support to enhance health and health care, and helps educate the public regarding the protection of individual, family, and community health.

Project Summary:

The Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY) in collaboration with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) received a three-year award from the Health Care Innovation Awards that started in September 2014. This opportunity, Innovate and Network to Stop HCV and Prevent complications via Integrating care Responding to needs and Engaging patients and providers (INSPIRE Project), will significantly expand DOHMH’s activities in addressing the holistic care for Hepatitis C.

Project INSPIRE NYC is an integrated, innovative, and evidence-based comprehensive service model that combines the use of HCV surveillance data, facilitated case identification, care coordination, health promotion, medication adherence support, and HCV infection-centered primary care that is supported by expert consultation via telemedicine and that includes collaborative behavioral health services. The primary aim is to demonstrate a model of service delivery and payment that can reduce morbidity and death from chronic illnesses and reduce costs associated with its complications, using chronic HCV infection as a case study. Project INSPIRE NYC will use an integrated medical and behavioral health service model with a bundled and capitated payment system developed with participating managed care organizations (MCOs). It will create real value by standardizing and improving patient-focused care, while working toward a payment model that facilitates positive outcomes and cost efficiency.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Hepatitis B and C Surveillance Coordinator, the Hepatitis Epidemiologist will support data management and clinical intervention activities for Project INSPIRE, including the design and implementation of databases to collect clinical reporting data, the provision of quality assurance for Project data and technical assistance for clinical staff on all data issues, and the coordination of data and monitoring reports with the contracted program evaluation team.

Responsibilities:

Duties will include:

  • Receive Project INSPIRE databases and assist local evaluation team with verifying and matching INSPIRE patients with the surveillance database.
  • Prepare reports to share this information with clinical care sites in a way that optimizes utility for them.
  • Prepare surveillance data to share with clinical partners for INSPIRE intervention.
  • Assist with the maintenance of laboratory reporting of negative hepatitis C RNA results as part of routine surveillance
  • Run QA programs to ensure results are cleaned, standardized, and imported correctly into surveillance database
  • Assist with validation of algorithms to use the negative RNA results to evaluate patient outcomes for INSPIRE patients compared to the rest of the city
  • Supervise the work of student interns in assisting with each of these tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related field with at least three years of relevant data management experience
  • Experience managing, cleaning and summarizing large and complex data sets using SAS
  • Experience monitoring data quality
  • Familiarity with notifiable communicable diseases and associated laboratory data
  • Familiarity with public health surveillance and laboratory data, including electronic laboratory data transmitted via HL7 and methods for standardizing data
  • Ability to work independently and in teams to collect and analyze data
  • Ability to present findings in reports and presentations preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, with cover letter, to: mailto:Publichealthjobs@fphny.org?is_application_link=y. Indicate the following in the Subject line: INSPIRE Hepatitis Epidemiologist_your name.

Last Updated on February 13, 2018 by HepFree NYC

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