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State of Massachusetts Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiologist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) seeks an experienced epidemiologist to serve as our Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiologist. This role is responsible for supporting all aspects ofHealthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program work including surveillance, prevention, and control activities related to HAI and MDROs. This role will conduct investigations and perform data analysis, prepare reports, conduct infection control and response assessments, monitor and analyze antimicrobial use data and provide epidemiologist and infection control subject matter expertise to healthcare facilities and other partners. Learn more aboutwhat it’s like to work at the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Conduct epidemiologic investigations on a wide range of healthcare-associated infections including emerging multidrug resistant organisms such as Candida auris, as well as COVID-19 in healthcare settings to control the immediate problem and prevent such morbidity in the future. * Maintain basic knowledge and keep informed of current trends on over 50 communicable and reportable diseases, with a more in-depth knowledge on COVID-19 and healthcare associated infections/antibiotic resistance (HAI/AR), by reviewing the professional literature and by attending, when feasible/appropriate, seminars, courses and conferences. * Work on projects related to the surveillance and control of COVID-19, healthcare associated infections (HAI) and antibiotic resistant (AR) organisms by conducting advanced statistical analyses of epidemiologic data from various sources, including large datasets such as the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). * Collaborates with internal and external partners such as other state agencies, academic and clinical partners in the analysis of epidemiologic data. * Establish and maintain communicable disease surveillance systems by reviewing case investigations and laboratory reports submitted by local and state health professionals and the public regarding same. * Communicate to health professionals and to the public regarding the risks, prevention, and control measures associated with communicable diseases. * Travel statewide to perform onsite infection control assessments * Prepare and disseminate educational materials and data of interest to professional and public groups though conferences and publications, as appropriate, in order to maintain awareness and understanding of disease epidemiology and control. * Interpret the General Laws and Regulations regarding communicable diseases and advise health professionals and the general public. * Assist other agencies in conducting and maintaining communicable disease programs. * Assists in training of new epidemiologists. _Required Qualifications:_ * Understanding of the principles and practices of epidemiology and general immunology. * Knowledge of the principles of biology and disease processes. * Mastery of epidemiologic research methods and techniques. * Knowledge of the methods of statistical and scientific report writing. * Able to prepare and use charts and diagrams. * Capable to maintain accurate records. * Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with others. * Capacity to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Keen understanding of issues pertaining to confidentiality when working with personally-identifiable health information. * Experience with data management and analysis, research methods, and presentation of public health/epidemiologic data including statistical report writing, survey design and development. * Proficient use of graphics and statistical analysis data management software including SAS, Access, Word and Excel. * Capacity to adjust to changing situations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements. * Certification in infection control (if eligible) from the Certification Board in Infection Control (CBIC) * Ability to exercise sound judgment. _Working Conditions:_ May be required to respond to infectious disease emergencies on a 24 hours/7 days per week basis by determining appropriate control methods in order to alleviate the crisis. _About the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):_ The DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS), predominantly located in Jamaica Plain, provides public health response to infectious disease. These services include programmatic and epidemiologic response, as well as laboratory testing through the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL). Infectious disease response services address concerns of the general public as well as those disproportionately affected by infectious disease through a variety of risk factors. BIDLS administers ongoing disease reporting for over 90 reportable diseases in the state. Disease reporting review and follow-up with clinical providers and local boards of health is a central function of the bureau. Surveillance activity is complemented by an extensive contracted service system. These services are funded through state and federal resources and include prevention education, community outreach screening for infectious disease, immunization services, health service navigation, medical case management, insurance enrollment, housing assistance, and referral and linkage to infectious disease treatment. The SPHL provides scientific expertise and capacity to identify infectious agents, chemical agents, and other toxins that cause human disease. The SPHL is an active partner in joint activities with other bureaus/agencies such as environmental health, food and drug, agriculture, disease prevention and health promotion programs, and public safety. The SPHL is a reference laboratory of the national Laboratory Response Network (LRN) and is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent laboratory. SPHL staff work closely with laboratory and disease prevention programs at the CDC, and partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). _About the Department of Public Health:_ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. More information can be found at:* MA Department of Public Health * __ _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. # 4 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. * Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, or statistics and (B) of which at least one (1) year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience. II. A Master's degree with a major in epidemiology, biology, biostatistics, toxicology, environmental science, environmental health, ecology, public health, chemistry, virology, immunology,, bacteriology, microbiology, statistics, or other health-related field may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) years of the required (A) experience and one (1) year of the required (B) experience. Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one (1) year of the (B) experience. _Comprehensive Benefits_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! *COVID Vaccine:As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Epidemiologist Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street Requisition ID: 240000AB