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Organization Description: For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org
CSTE provides a competitive and generous benefits package for full-time employees with eligibility immediately upon hire for most benefits. Paid leave includes vacation, sick, personal days, DEI, COVID-19 sick and vaccination, and 12 holidays per year. Significant contributions to insurance premiums for Medical, Vision, Dental, STD, LTD, Life, FSA, DCFSA, and HSA coverages. 401k plan with automatic employer contributions of 6%. Flexible work schedule with telecommuting and remote work, including reimbursement for cell phone usage and wellness programs. Summary of benefits with additional detailed information provided to candidates at interview.
Position Description: Under the supervision of Surveillance and Informatics (SI) Program Manager for Electronic Reporting, the Senior Program Analyst (SPA) position will support CSTE’s policy, advocacy, educational and technical work for Electronic Case Reporting (eCR), and continued implementation of Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR). ELR is an established method for transmitting reportable laboratory results to public health agencies (PHA), and eCR is the corresponding mechanism for reportable condition data from electronic health records. eCR is a relatively recent and innovative process by which potential cases are reported automatically from electronic health records and routed to PHAs through a centralized structure with decision support. The initial adoption of eCR is increasing by PHAs across the United States and is seen as a foundational data stream for a modernized reportable disease surveillance system. eCR is a core component of CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) and it is anticipated that implementation efforts will be scaled up in the coming years.
The SPA will support CSTE’s programmatic activities to expand the organization’s role in eCR adoption, and coordinate and support the implementation of eCR in state, local, territorial and tribal (STLT) health departments across the country. The SPA will oversee the activities of an established team of consultants to develop content for electronic case reporting of conditions through the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS). The position involves project management, developing an eCR community of practice, overseeing relevant content for CSTE subcommittees and workgroups to enable information sharing among jurisdictions and with CDC ], identifying methods for integrating eCR with ELR and other critical surveillance data, and collaborating with CDC and APHL on a formal evaluation of this promising new technology. Applicants should have a strong background and demonstrated knowledge in public health informatics, disease surveillance, and electronic case reporting.Applicants should also have demonstrated experience in project and time management, written and oral communications, strategic program development, grant writing and budgeting, relationship building and networking, meeting facilitation and convening, and assessment development and analysis.
CSTE’s SI work supports STLT members in advancing key surveillance activities including electronic case reporting, electronic laboratory reporting, case-based disease surveillance, data management and analysis tools, reporting efforts to national systems such as the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS), electronic death and birth registration reporting systems, and improving interoperability and integrating data across multiple systems used by the public health data enterprise. CSTE also contributes to developing and refining technical requirements, standards, policy, and overall architecture through collaborations and specialty working groups. CSTE’s SI subcommittees and data modernization working groups collaborate with CSTE members from STLT health departments (HDs), CDC, APHL, ASTHO, NACCHO, NAPHSIS, HIMSS, the Big Cities Health Coalition, PHII, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Digital Bridge, and other organizations to facilitate and increase information sharing within the public health informatics community. CSTE receives funding from CDC to support eCR programmatic activities through a cooperative agreement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Supports CSTE programmatic activities related to eCR and ELR
Maintains a high degree of policy and technical knowledge regarding eCR and ELR standards and implementation, including best practices, challenges, and opportunities for improvement
Seeks to understand and support resolution of jurisdictional challenges in the implementation of eCR
Collaborates closely with CDC, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and other primary stakeholders in furthering technology, governance, policies, and standards to support eCR and ELR implementation, while ensuring that such advances support jurisdictional needs and priorities
Oversees the activities of the RCKMS Content Team to develop Reportable Condition Trigger Codes (RCTC) and reporting rules for electronic case reporting of conditions through RCKMS
Collaborates closely with CSTE staff, members, and other partners working on Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) programs.
The portfolio is primarily focused on eCR and corresponding capacity building for implementation, scale-up, and maximizing the usefulness of eCR, in collaboration with CDC, STLT agencies, and APHL.Specific activities may include:
Developing project plans, budgets, contractual agreements (as needed), and planning/facilitating meetings to achieve grant deliverables
Supporting logistics and co-facilitating discussion on an electronic case reporting workgroup or community of practice, in coordination with CDC and APHL
Providing input into governance, implementation, and providing strategies/priorities for future development
Providing current subject matter expertise to STLT agencies during implementation
Coordinating with the eCR/ RCKMS team working at APHL (the RCKMS software platform is currently operated and managed by APHL)
Provide input on RCKMS's future development priorities and impact on content development, technical requirements, and training/user support
Identifying best practices, supporting information sharing, and providing educational activities among and for jurisdictions and members related to ingesting and using electronic health record data
Collaborating with the ELR community to integrate eCR with ELR and other surveillance data streams to promote interoperability, including the use of shared services
Working with jurisdictions to identify and troubleshoot data quality or onboarding issues related to eCR
Collaborating with CDC and APHL to support a formal evaluation of ELR.
Assisting with CSTE Data Modernization activities by coordinating with partner organizations and other public health partners to understand and advance STLT priorities
Gaining and offering expertise on technical solutions that will support DMI, sharing knowledge on technical solutions with STLT HDs, and identifying ways to foster the implementation of these solutions at STLT HDs (specifically for electronic case reporting)
Maintains subject matter expertise in public health informatics knowledge and skills, especially in the areas of electronic public health case reporting, electronic laboratory reporting, system integration, and standards and interoperability.
Supports CSTE members' efforts to establish national standards for surveillance, informatics, and epidemiology. Garners input and collaborates with CSTE SI staff and members to provide input into standards development; comments on proposed standards and rules relevant to DMI.
Provides technical, programmatic, and logistical support for funded projects and coordinates project activities with CSTE members, CDC technical staff, and public health partners.
Continually supports the Council's technical, policy, and regulatory partnerships in order to expand and enhance the role of epidemiology and informatics in addressing public health issues and training for epidemiologists, and identify and solidify potential partnerships
Provides CSTE members with information about national issues through such communication vehicles as CSTE determines are appropriate, such as monthly newsletters and electronic mailings, in addition to targeted information sharing with select members on jurisdiction-specific issues, including sharing information with the CSTE communications team about eCR success stories among jurisdictions scaling up eCR implementation.
Extensive and ongoing networking efforts to identify and solidify potential partnerships are an essential and primary component of this position.
Develops and plans, in conjunction with relevant CSTE Subcommittees, such conferences and meetings as are considered appropriate to promote enhanced interaction between the public health and topical issue communities, focusing on issues that impact epidemiologists.
Promotes CSTE membership and engages new and current members in projects and activities.
Exemplifies CSTE core values of commitment to service, teamwork, and excellence through integrity and respect for all.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Employment Requirements:
Graduate degree in public health or a related field is required, preferably with a concentration or coursework in public health informatics or epidemiology.
Minimum of 6 years experience in public health surveillance and/or informatics at a governmental public health organization (STLT or federal) is required.
Knowledge and understanding of federal and state government public health policy development and an understanding of state health department public health functions
Knowledge and understanding of public health surveillance systems, EHR systems, electronic case reporting, and electronic laboratory reporting
Knowledge and understanding of health IT terminology/standards, systems, and vocabularies
Skills in developing and presenting epidemiologic concepts to a wide range of audiences; written and verbal presentation of public health informatics and epidemiologic information; word processing; consensus building and meeting facilitation experience
Demonstrated project management skills
Demonstrated capability to work on concurrent projects with overlapping and competing deadlines and to manage time effectively
Ability to accommodate urgent tasks in addition to normal workflow
Ability and willingness to travel, if required
Ability to sustain a wide variety of networking contacts in order to effectively identify and track public health activities that may impact public health epidemiology
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This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.
For more than six decades, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together in partnership to improve the public’s health by supporting the efforts of epidemiologists working at the state and local level by promoting the effective use of epidemiologic data to guide public health practice and improve health. CSTE and its members represent two of the four basic components of public health – epidemiology and surveillance. CSTE, as a member-based organization, represents the interests of applied public health epidemiologists working in state, local, tribal, and territorial settings to improve the public’s health through effective epidemiology and surveillance. More information can be found at www.cste.org - 'About'