The purpose of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Team within the COVID-19 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) response is to maintain and provide case-based surveillance and epidemiologic data for COVID-19 cases reported in the state of California. This team works to meet the demands for timely and highly visible surveillance data used by groups at CDPH as well as the California Department of Technology and the Governor’s Office to track and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This team is responsible for accurately reporting cases of COVID-19 and required data elements to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in accordance with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists guidance.
The Data Source Specialist functions within an incident command structure (ICS) as part of the Science Branch and provides expert management and knowledge of COIVD-19 data sources to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Team.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including holidays and weekends.
- Operate within Incident Command Structure (ICS) to respond to COVID-19 case report data-related needs of CDPH and the state of California.
- Specializes in knowledge and management of large, complex data sources used by the epidemiology team for COVID-19 surveillance, such as case-based surveillance data, electronic laboratory reporting data (ELR), electronic case reporting data (eCR), and death certificate data.
- Establish and maintain reliable, efficient, and effective methods for communication with unit members via web-based applications, telephone and email to maintain awareness of team capacity, status of data and immediate needs.
- Analyze and resolve problems and demonstrate expert subject matter knowledge.
- Implement and revise protocols as needed to ensure timely and accurate COVID-19 surveillance data reporting to all partners.
- Provide technical assistance and expertise on data management, cleaning, de-duplication, record matching, and analysis of surveillance data sets by using SAS, SQL, and other programming languages.
- Provide technical support and subject matter expertise to data analysts responding to requests for data visualizations, summaries, and data extracts to support the COVID-19 response; assist with completing data requests as needed.
- Contribute to special projects related to COVID-19 as identified by the Science Branch Director.
- Coordinate and facilitate teleconferences and meetings, as required.
- Perform other duties as directed by the Science Branch Director.
- Ability to oversee data entry, data cleaning, and data quality assessment with attention to detail.
- Expert knowledge of SAS (3 years minimum).
- Proficient in SQL, Python, and R.
- Knowledge and application of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and protection of health information.
- Strong knowledge of public health surveillance data management.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Experience with web-based reporting systems (e.g. CalREDIE); electronic laboratory reporting and electronic case reporting.
- Ability to make time sensitive decisions in complex situations.
- Ability to prioritize, delegate and manage multiple tasks.
- Demonstrate reliability and integrity.
- Fluency in spoken English is required.
- Master’s degree in public health or related field, required.
- Doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other closely related fields, preferred.
- At least three years of experience working as an epidemiologist or data analyst in a public health setting, required.
- At least five years of experience working as an epidemiologist or data analyst in a public health setting, preferred.
- Strong knowledge of epidemiological/biostatistical methods, required.
- Ability to make time sensitive decisions in complex situations, required.
- Strong organizational skills, required.
- Experience in managing or overseeing complex projects, required.
- Expertise in the use of Statistical Analysis Software (SAS), required.
- Strong knowledge of in SQL, required.
- Strong knowledge of Python and R, preferred.
Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Prior knowledge and experience operating in incident command structure (ICS), preferred.
- Prior knowledge and experience in use of CalREDIE, preferred.
- Prior knowledge and experience in use of electronic laboratory reporting data, preferred.
- Prior knowledge and experience in use of electronic case reporting data, preferred.
- Knowledge of and skilled in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Power Point.
- Stand Frequently
- Walk Frequently
- Sit Frequently
- 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
- See Constantly
- 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)
General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled
Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.