Initial review of applications to take place September 29, 2022. The hiring authority reserves the right to close this recruitment and/or make a hiring decision at any time.
The purpose of the Surveillance and Evaluation (S&E) section is to support the agency mission by providing strategic information to guide policy and programs that serve the populations in Washington State. S&E gathers, analyzes, interprets and reports on data that describes the health status, health care, behaviors and other pertinent issues related to health. The section also evaluates the effectiveness and impact of the programs operating within the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement (OFCHI).
Under the direction of the Home Visiting Unit Supervisor, the Home Visiting CQIEpidemiologist 1(Epi 1) position provides data analytics and guidance for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) work, data quality assurance (QA) and data literacy technical expertise to the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) program as a member of the Home Visiting Unit. The Home Visiting CQIEpidemiologist 1 works alongside staff within the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Start Early WA, local implementing agencies (LIAs) and other partners to support the collection, management, reporting and analysis of home visiting data.
This Epidemiologist 1 performs complex social epidemiologic analyses to identify the incidence, prevalence, facilitators and barriers to child and family morbidity, mortality, and well-being. With a specific focus on CQI and QA work, the Home Visiting CQIEpidemiologist 1 will promote the use of data for quality improvement in reporting and programming. Through the use of appropriate analytical methods, you will find answers to research questions, including those related to health disparities and bias.
The duty station for this position is in Tumwater, WA. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. When approved, the incumbent is expected to report to the duty station for work activities. Partial telecommuting may be an option subject to supervisory approval. It is anticipated that the incumbent would be expected to be at the Tumwater duty station for work activities 1-2 days monthly.
About the Department of Health The vision of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is equity and optimal health for all. Our mission is to work with others to protect and improve the health of all people in Washington state. Learn more about the DOH Transformational Plan.
Our Values Good organizations know what they do and how they do it. Great organizations also understand why they do it. Our values are:
Human-centered: We see others as people who matter like we do and take into account their needs, challenges, contributions, and objectives.
Equity: We are committed to fairness and justice to ensure access to services, programs, opportunities, and information for all.
Collaboration: We seek partnership and collaboration to maximize our collective impact. We cannot achieve our vision alone.
Seven Generations: Inspired by Native American culture, we seek wisdom from those who came before us to ensure our current work protects those who will come after us.
Excellence: We strive to demonstrate best practices, high performance, and compelling value in our work every day.
The Washington State Department of Health acknowledges that our locations statewide are on the homelands of Native people, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, within the boundaries of Washington State, there are 36 tribes, 29 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State. Some of these are nations and confederacies that represent multiple tribes or bands. We express our most profound respect for and gratitude toward these original and current caretakers of the region. As a public health agency, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in public health programs and policies. We pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.
Benefits of Working for DOH Washington is America's Top State, according to U.S. News (2021), and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We also offer:
Ahealthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
Growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
An Infant at Work Program based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
Employee resource groups that provide forums for employees to gather and share ideas about matters that affect their personal and professional lives and support career development.
Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated in the Puget Sound area between Seattle and Portland. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance, and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.
Tumwater is located in Thurston County, Washington, homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those recognized today as the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and the Nisqually and Squaxin Indian Tribes. We acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water, and to their ancestors.
Compiling and analyzing individual and site-level data to:
Identify familial, social, and environmental causative agents (e.g., ACEs, poverty, IPV) resulting in adverse health and developmental conditions for pregnant persons and young children.
Identify trends and predictors for program performance and test site changes to home visiting implementation that might help mitigate adverse familial, social, and environmental factors.
In collaboration with Supervisor and Unit, planning and executing statistical analyses and/or studies to examine the outcome or impact of the CQI work for the HVSA, using descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.
Advising HVSA partners, including the CQI team and LIAs, on how to use program monitoring and outcome data for program planning, improvement, and decision-making.
Partnering with CQI team and Hub Quality Improvement Manager to assess data needs related to CQI and evaluate data quality assurance priorities.
Developing and coordinating implementation of a data Quality Assurance (QA) plan for the HVSA surveillance system.
Designing data tools with HV Informatics Epi, to be used by LIAs, and HVSA colleagues to promote examination and use of data to inform program performance and reporting improvements.
What we're looking for Our ideal candidate has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. Our ideal candidate demonstrates resilience to model outward behaviors including seeing people like ourselves whose goals, objectives, needs, and challenges matter.
A Master's degree in epidemiology or public health with 12 graduate quarter hours (500 level or above) in epidemiology and 12 graduate quarter hours in biostatistics;
Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Science, Epidemiology, Public Policy or Health Policy, Health Services Research, or closely related field AND three (3) years of professional experience in a public health or social service setting with responsibilities that include conducting and/or supporting data analyses and data quality assurance work;
An equivalent combination of education, professional experience and lived experience.
Demonstrated experience in the following:
Conveying complex information effectively using oral and written communication.
Interpreting and evaluating information to analyze, summarize, and prepare reports.
Planning, organizing, and prioritizing projects, time, and workload assignments for a variety of projects.
Interpreting and analyzing health and other data obtained from a variety of sources.
Training or coursework in continuous quality improvement (CQI) methodology.
At least one year of experience in public health, social services, early childhood or closely related field.
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.
We help ensure a safer and healthier Washington by:
Working to improve health through disease and injury prevention, immunization, and newborn screening
Providing health and safety information, education and training so people can make healthy choices
Promoting a health and wellness system where we live, learn, work, play and worship
Addressing environmental health hazards associated with drinking water, food, air quality and pesticide exposure
Protecting you and your family by licensing healthcare professionals, investigating disease outbreaks and preparing for emergencies