Location: Des Moines   Company name: Iowa Department of Health and Human Services   Job type: full-time

Environmental Epidemiologist

Under supervision of the Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health Services, this position will serve as a data manager and provide epidemiological analysis of reportable environmental poisonings and conditions and data related to the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program. Duties include data tracking, statistical analysis, and reporting on environmental health related program performance measures and comparing state and national benchmarks for state environmental health program performance across all age groups and social/economic determinants.

The position works in collaboration with other environmental epidemiologists and program teams within the Bureau of Environmental Health Services by performing advanced professional level or lead work in collecting, compiling, analyzing and reporting statistical data. Collaborates with other program staff to develop and implement the Environmental Public Health Tracking grant annual work plan.

Leads strategy development for Environmental Public Health Tracking grant program activities related to network development. Identifies objectives, timelines, potential partners and budget allocation. Coordinate with Department or State Information Management staff to maintain the technical infrastructure of the Iowa Public Health Tracking portal. Evaluate informatics needs and conduct a gap analysis to address barriers to the effective use of data for environmental public health decision making. Represent IDPH on the EPHT program’s Standards and Network Development national work-group, and participate on EPHT national content work-group teams.

Develop and coordinate routine descriptive analysis of Tracking data to evaluate quality and completeness of data; to examine state and local environmental public health issues; or to generate information for other state and local programs, state and local decision makers, and the general public. Develop and coordinate routine analyses using Tracking data for the discovery of spatial, temporal, and demographic patterns of diseases, exposures, or environmental hazards; the timely identification of unusual events signaling the need for further investigation; or the non-research purposes of analyzing or linking health, exposure, and hazard data to help provide new insights or solutions to environmental health issues. Perform advanced statistical analysis of EPHT and other environmental health related data. Participate in department data work-groups, CDC site visits, and state and national trainings and workshops. Disseminate data and evaluation results to internal and external stakeholders and use results to recommend specific action and/or new policies, procedures, and standards for program quality improvement and provide technical assistance on data related issues.

Oversee and design data tracking methodologies in consultation with Environmental Health Services staff and outside stakeholders to reach statistically significant conclusions based on the data and make policy-related recommendations to the supervisor. This will include providing analysis of the data for performance measures and impact studies for programs including but not limited to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Syndromic Surveillance programs.

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