Under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement, Heluna Health and Center for Health Statistics and Informatics (CHSI) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recruiting for a Social/Behavioral Scientist to assist with the development and implementation of the decision intelligence program that leverages the current Ecosystem Of Data Sharing (EODS) framework and infrastructure and builds in decision intelligence to aid public health programs and policy makers in understanding behaviors and decisions to better develop and implement more effective prevention focused interventions to better address current and potential future trends in COVID-19 transmission, incidence and prevalence in California counties (and also establish an interconnected infrastructure across public health data sets to address future pandemics). This could include, but is not limited to, using data, trends, and other information gathered for past and current response efforts to develop targeted localized messaging and interventions with populations that had multiple chronic conditions as well as utilizing predictive analytics to anticipate surges in cases.
This position supports the CDPH mission and strategic plan by supporting the CHSI that is responsible for the CDPH master data management and interoperability initiative, to help ensure that public health decision-making is data driven.
Under general direction of the Decision Intelligence and Analytics Program Manager, the Social/Behavioral Scientist functions independently and as part of the decision intelligence team and uses a high degree of technical expertise to create reports and analytics based on public health surveillance data; analyzes and manages surveillance and other public health datasets used to create reports required by the CDPH and other stakeholders.
The Social/Behavioral Scientist will use behavioral sciences theoretical models to evaluate data sources, utilize indicators and tools, conduct ongoing surveillance, conduct analyses, write up reports for dissemination to diverse audiences, and ensure the scientific quality of all administrative and reporting requirements. The incumbent is responsible for evaluation of the data, analytics, and systems: evaluation of the model(s); identifying imbalanced classifications; and determining if the data is in the right form; including whether the models have predictive value; curve fitting; identifying connections in the data and identifying examples of predicted phenomena; identifying anomalies in the data; and undertaking an association analysis to evaluate the association of data patterns.
The Social/Behavioral Scientist evaluates system processes and data activities to promote equity and reduce bias; develops a strategy for applying the principles of decision intelligence to system evaluation to understand how potential biases would be identified, evaluated, and mitigated; and what ethical considerations should be made to promote health equity. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing data, developing necessary data visualization tools and communication strategies that will allow data consumers to understand and analyze complex multi-source information and make data-driven decisions. The incumbent will provide an accessible way for data consumers to see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns in data.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays.
- Plans, maintains, and retrieves information for social and behavioral studies on health indicators in a database.
- Evaluate system process and data activities to promote equity and reduce bias.
- Develop strategies to apply principles of decision intelligence to system evaluation to understand how potential biases would be identified, evaluated, mitigated, and determine ethical considerations to promote health equity.
- Participate in and coordinate ongoing testing, implementation, and evaluation of dashboards and other reporting features.
- Analyze data and respond to requests in a fast-paced environment, while ensuring quality and accuracy.
- Use behavioral sciences theoretical models and epidemiological methods to evaluate data sources.
- Respond to data requests and generate data sets, data visualizations, and reports regarding study progress and metrics.
- Implement and revise data management protocols.
- Analyze and resolve problems with data quality, address gaps and barriers in study progress.
- Identify connections in the data and identify examples of predicted phenomenon; identifying anomalies in the data; and undertaking an association analysis to evaluate the association of data patterns.
- Function as a resource to effectively meet the public health reporting and analytic needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Map data elements across datasets and pull data from various sources for reports, as required.
- Develop analytic plans in response to public health questions. Perform analysis, interpret results, and summarize findings.
- Recommend enhancements to dashboards to meet public health needs and to interface with existing systems, as needed.
- Develop scientific training materials and provides training for internal and external stakeholders to use standardized indicators and evaluation instruments, procedures, and policies.
- Monitor and evaluate reports for quality and effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement.
- Develop use cases, business cases, and workflow analysis related to the program.
- Identify areas of collaboration and establish processes with partners and stakeholders to achieve and advance agency goals and objectives.
- Provide an accessible way for data consumers to see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns in the data.
- Prepare presentations, communications materials, technical documentation, and other related materials.
- Perform other duties as directed by leadership.
- Assists with any other duties as assigned in support of the decision intelligence program.
- Knowledge of public health, disease surveillance, healthcare informatics/surveillance systems and epidemiologic practices.
- Knowledge of current scientific research literature and trends applicable to the scientific research area.
- Knowledge of bibliographic survey or previous related scientific research techniques.
- Knowledge of curve fitting; identifying connections in the data and identifying examples of predicted phenomena.
- Demonstrated ability to interpret and evaluate information to analyze, summarize, and prepare reports.
- Working knowledge of principles of database design, preferably in context of public health surveillance.
- Knowledge of applicable laws, statues, and policies regarding health information, including security, privacy, and management of confidential data.
- Knowledge of principles, practices, and skills to perform and apply epidemiology, statistical, business analyses, and data processing techniques.
- Ability to provide technical assistance to achieve program goals and objectives related to reporting and metrics for local and state use.
- Ability to engage with diverse audiences and multiple stakeholders and assess information needs; and collaborate across agencies and programs to meet shared goals.
- Ability to seek out and translate feedback for the purpose of continuous quality improvement of data products.
- Knowledge of principles of infectious disease / COVID-19 epidemiology and surveillance, preferred.
- Knowledge of contact tracing principles and behavioral risk factors related to communicable diseases, preferred.
- Knowledge and application of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and protection of health information.
- Demonstrate reliability and integrity.
- Skill to exercise independent judgment and discretion in confidential matters.
- Skill to interpret, understand and implement complex policy.
- Ability to establish priorities with a high degree of independence, effectively managing & shifting priorities, and time-sensitive projects to meet deadlines and program needs.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to make compelling presentations to audiences with varying degrees of technical knowledge.
- Master’s degree in social/behavioral sciences, public health, or other closely related fields, preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in social/behavioral sciences, public health, or other closely related fields, required.
- At least five years of experience working as social/behavioral scientist in a public health setting, required.
- Fluency in data analysis and visualization software such as SAS, R, SQL, or Tableau, preferred.
- Experience in reporting and visualization of research or public health surveillance data, required.
- Experience working in local or state public health departments, preferred.
- Experience in informatics, preferred.
Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Fluent use of the English language: reading, writing, and verbalizing complex communications.
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft office products (Word, Excel).
Handling / Fingering: Occasionally
Reach Outward: Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder: Occasionally
Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend: Occasionally
Lift / Carry: Occasionally – Up to 50 lbs
Push/Pull: Occasionally – Up to 50 lbs
Taste/ Smell: Not Applicable
Not Applicable = Not required for essential functions
Occasionally = (0 – 2 hrs/day)
Frequently = (2 – 5 hrs/day)
Constantly = (5+ hrs/day)
Initially Remote. May be required to be on campus in a general office setting in Sacramento, CA.
Must have functioning Wi-Fi/internet access in remote location. There is not reimbursement for Wi-Fi/internet access.
Apply at the following URL: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/PUB1001PUBH/JobBoard/6705aa07-0bcb-4660-ad1b-2fda952becc7/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=4dd134cc-d50a-4a05-9e49-075080333eb5
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