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University of Rochester Health Project Coord - 224323 in Rochester, New York

Health Project Coord

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Health Sciences

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Ctr Comm Health & Prevention


This position supports projects in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored-Emerging Infections Program (EIP). The main responsibilities are to implement and conduct surveillance for infectious diseases in the Rochester region. The candidate will also be expected to respond to the changing needs of EIP including requests for additional data and special projects and implementation of new and time-limited projects. This is a grant funded position.

The candidate will work independently, with minimal supervision, to implement all aspects of infectious diseases surveillance, including but not limited to daily case ascertainment, use of clinical judgment to complete case report forms, networking with local and regional laboratories and hospitals, data management, and data analysis. S/he will use extensive latitude for independent judgment to determine which cases should be included in the surveillance, accurately summarize data, and meet all CDC-mandated deadlines.

The candidate will oversee the shipment of specimens from laboratories in the region if the project requires it. S/he will maintain communication with all labs to ensure samples are selected and shipped appropriately and serve as a reference point to laboratory staff. All case and laboratory data will be managed, cleaned, de-identified and prepared for analysis by the candidate. S/he will be expected to independently maintain a high level of accuracy when preparing and analyzing data, as these data will contribute to incidence estimates prepared by CDC, shared on public websites, and viewed by national public health partners.

This position requires excellent interpersonal communication skills, as the candidate will work closely with medical providers, laboratorians, infection control staff and health information staff. The person in this position will summarize and communicate study progress to colleagues in Monroe County, at the New York State Department of Health, and the CDC. S/he will respond with flexibility to the changing needs of the EIP program by implementing additional surveillance activities as needed.

The person in this position will distribute his or her effort as follows:

  • 35% Reviews and analyzes all potential cases on a daily basis for inclusion in surveillance. Performs medical chart review to identify specific criteria for inclusion, conducts case screening and identification of eligible subjects, and makes judgments on the inclusion of specific data on the case report form, including but not limited to medication administration and laboratory tests from sterile site specimens. Maintains relationships with infection prevention, laboratory and information technology staff at regional hospitals. Independently implements and maintains all aspects of infectious diseases surveillance.

  • 25% Accurately, and without supervision, maintains CDC databases including compliance with CDC’s timelines for data entry, transmission, cleaning, and validation. Cleans data in order to prepare it for analysis and responds to all data queries from CDC. Utilizing acquired training in public health and biostatistics, contributes to data analysis of surveillance data utilizing SAS and other programs. Creates summary reports for participating laboratories and hospitals. Contributes to development of manuscripts to be published in peer-reviewed journals.

  • 15% Maintains relationships and communication with catchment area laboratories; oversees all aspects of shipment of specimens from these laboratories for confirmatory testing. Coordinates maintenance of project resources, the preparation of data for budget requests and financial summary reports.

  • 10% Rapidly and flexibly responds to CDC requests for additional data collection; implements new surveillance or special projects. Works as part of the broader EIP team to ensure that CDC-mandated deliverables are met. Obtains and maintains regulatory compliance, including Institutional Review Board approval for all surveillance and special projects.

  • 5% Represents Rochester EIP on Surveillance Officer (SO) conference calls by independently supplying input. Attends annual SO in-person conferences.

  • 5% Participates in quality control activities and audits and continuing education, training and development. Trains new staff working on surveillance methods, medical record review, and clinical definitions.

  • 5% Other projects and job duties as assigned.


  • Master’s in Public Health and experience in health research and SAS (or other analytics, and data management software) preferred. Minimum requirements include a Bachelor's degree, knowledge of medical terminology and clinical concepts, and 2-3 years of experience in health research. Prior experience in a clinical setting preferred.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.

  • Strong attention to detail, analytical and writing ability.

  • Ability to travel locally to visit program partners and available to attend regional and/or national meetings when necessary.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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