30% Serves as team lead for the Office of Surveillance, Evaluation, and Research (OSER)’s epidemiology team. Participates in the screening, interviewing and selection process. Makes assignments, directs projects for the team and ensures deadlines are met keeping the quality standards. Assists the OSER Manager with establishing priorities for the team, and implements them. Assesses training needs and makes recommendations for training; provide on-the-job training and assist less experienced staff with analysis and presentations. Attends and provides input at meetings pertaining to work assignment.
20% Plans, designs, oversees, and implements data collection, data management, and data dissemination processes to support chronic diseases programs. Identifies and analytically examines databases that may serve as sources of prevalence, incidence, hospitalizations, and vital data for chronic diseases in Texas. Works to manage and analyze data sources like Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, hospital discharge data, vital and population data, following protocols and dissemination standards set by OSER Manager. Works on program specific datasets such as Program Monitoring and Assessment Tracking System, heart attack and stroke data registries, and present data as requested. Monitors data requests and fulfills them on schedule. Analyzes data using SAS and creates maps using ArcGIS. Proficiently use MS Office to write reports, create fact sheets, data briefs, and presentations as needed. Participates as a member in the DSHS BRFSS Health Survey User Group, and YRBS User Group, GIS User group, etc.
20% Initiates and guides the implementation of epidemiologic projects for chronic disease burden in general and special populations. Oversees the progress of these projects and the survey proposals that are established to implement chronic disease surveillance activities. Provides technical assistance to projects regarding chronic disease case definition, surveillance methods, data analysis, and report generation. Consults with state and national organizations on the epidemiology and surveillance of chronic diseases.
15% Provides epidemiological information to DSHS leadership, news/media, legislature/policy making groups and general public as requested. Prepares and presents technical reports and briefings.
10% Prepares formal contributions to public health sciences, including scientific abstracts and manuscripts for publications, and present them.
5% Performs other duties as assigned, including epidemiological analysis on additional related diseases or health behaviors. Other duties as assigned also include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.