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Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Published
December 1, 2021
Location
1101 Market Street - 13th Fl., Philadelphia, PA
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Description

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Experienced
Job Location

Market St - Philadelphia, PA
Position Type

Full Time
Travel Percentage

None
Job Shift

Day
Job Category

Nonprofit - Social Services
Description

The mission of the Health Federation of Philadelphia is to improve access to and quality of health and human services for underserved and vulnerable populations.  Health equity is at the heart of all our work. We believe in and are firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status.  This commitment applies to all aspects of the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s employment practices, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promotion.

Equal Opportunity Employer

JOB SUMMARY

Who we are: The mission of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable. Within PDPH, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP), works to change policies, systems, and environments to make healthy living an easy choice for residents. The goals of our programs are to increase physical activity and healthy eating; reduce tobacco use; lower the prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and high cholesterol; and to prevent avoidable injuries, with a focus on reducing firearm violence. The Division is especially concerned about documenting, understanding, and working to reduce disparities in health.

The Injury Prevention Program works to create a safe environment for all Philadelphia residents. Our program currently focuses on reducing and preventing gun violence.  Future efforts will expand to address motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian injuries, and alcohol-related injuries and deaths. We work to:

  • Support an evidence-based approach to violence reduction.
  • Promote the safe storage of firearms, especially around children and youth.
  • Promote opportunities for youth that minimize exposure to violence and promote safety.
  • Partner with community leaders, law enforcement, and academic institutions to study what works in reducing gun violence.
  • Monitor and study injuries throughout the city to modify prevention efforts with real-time information.
  • Monitor and study the factors that contribute to violence and injury.

Our values: At CDIP, we value health justice. Our work is guided by a commitment to all people’s health and humanity. We believe:

  • All people have the right to live to their fullest potential.
  • All communities have the right to create environments that allow them to grow and thrive. 
  • Public health policy will be developed in full partnership with the community.
  • Knowledge comes in many forms and many places in our society.
  • Progress only happens when we treat people, communities, partners, and staff with care and respect.

Join us! We are seeking a skilled and dynamic Injury Prevention Research and Data Associate with experience in public health data analysis and research. Candidates should have experience designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research and have strong communication and technical writing skills.

The Associate will plan, manage, and implement data analytic activities related to the work of the CDIP team with a particular focus on the injury prevention program. This will include collecting, cleaning, and managing data; performing statistical analysis; and summarizing results for scientific, policy-oriented, and public audiences. The Associate will use appropriate data sources to monitor trends, patterns, and changes in risk factors and health outcomes. Factors of interest include the health behaviors of individuals, the demographic and social characteristics of populations, the policy environment, and the built environment. While academic journal publications are encouraged, the primary purpose of our work is to inform and advise policymakers and the public.

This position will focus on policy, programs, and health outcomes related to firearm violence and other preventable injuries. The injury prevention program is working to reduce firearm violence, promote safety, and address the factors that contribute to violence and injuries. Our program currently focuses on reducing and preventing firearm violence. Future efforts will expand to address motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian injuries, and alcohol-related injuries and deaths. Some of our efforts include developing an injury prevention dashboard, convening a quarterly firearm homicide review, and crafting various data and policy briefs. We also collaborate with other teams in CDIP on issues that overlap program areas, such as building and promoting livable and walkable communities.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Reviews and synthesizes existing literature on topics related to injury prevention and social determinants of health.
  • Manages, cleans, analyzes, and interprets data.
  • Works with a wide range of datasets related to firearm violence and drivers of firearm violence, including administrative data, survey data, national datasets, census data, and internal research project datasets.
  • Assists with expansion and maintenance of indicators and data sources for the injury prevention dashboard, under supervision of the Injury Prevention Epidemiologist.
  • Supports the work of the firearm registry, which will be designed to monitor rates of enrollment among firearm injury survivors into violence prevention programs.
  • Maintains the firearm homicide review database and conducts analyses using the data, with support from the Injury Prevention Epidemiologist.
  • Handles injury prevention data requests on an ongoing basis, by conducting background research and analysis to support new research questions, policy positions, and interventions, including work on integrated data sets from a variety of sources.
  • Assists in qualitative work among populations of interest to better understand the drivers of preventable injury.
  • Participates in department meetings related to injury prevention policy and programming and advises on the use of data to inform those efforts.
  • Develops and fields data collection efforts, including surveys. 
  • Reviews, analyzes, and assists with policy research and evaluation with a specific focus on injury prevention.
  • Works with program staff to develop plans for evaluating policy, programs, and media campaigns.
  • With a team, develops new research and data analysis tasks based on the CDIP’s needs.
  • Contributes to research and data products including reports, data briefs, charts, presentations, and manuscripts.
  • Works collaboratively with other Associates and Analysts to develop the analysis skills of the entire team.
  • Guides research projects through Institutional Review Board approval.
  • Collaborates with academic, medical, and policy partners.
  • Contributes to manuscript development for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participates in division meetings.
Qualifications

Education

  • A master’s degree in epidemiology, demography, data science, statistics, or a related field.

  • Two to five years of experience in public health or social science research.

  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis with statistical software such as R (preferred), Stata, or SAS.

OR

  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Public Health which has included a bachelor’s degree as an educational minimum.

Skills/Experience

  • Knowledge of and experience with epidemiology or social science research methods, including study design, methodology, and preparation of scientific reports.

  • Ability to analyze data, write project proposals, and write technical reports.

  • Ability to summarize findings for a variety of audiences, e.g. scientists, policy makers, and the public.

  • Interest in using data skills in an applied setting to advance health policy goals.

  • Strong analytic abilities with statistical software (e.g., R, Stata, SAS).

  • Experience with REDCap.

  • Strong mapping abilities using software (e.g., ArcGIS, Leaflet) a plus.

  • Experience with interactive data visualization (e.g. Tableau, Shiny).

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience working with sensitive health information.

  • Able to work as a team, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and deadlines, work independently, take initiative, and follow projects through to completion.

COVID-19 Requirements:

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination must be produced upon hire.

Work Environment:

Standard office setting with extended periods at workstation and periodic use of office equipment. Staff are expected to come into the office; based on conversations with supervisor, a combination of in-office and remote work may be allowed.

Position Type and Work Schedule:

Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Travel:

Some local travel between sites to attend meetings.

Physical Demands:

Limited physical demands. Associate will work primarily in an office setting.

Salary and Benefits:

Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:

  • Medical with vision benefits

  • Dental insurance

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Life,  AD&D and long term care insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability insurance

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution

  • Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal and holiday

  • Employee Assistance Program

Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy. 

Applicants who are originally from and live in the Philadelphia area are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions about the position can be directed to Loren.Adams@phila.gov.”

DISCLAIMER

The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.

TO APPLY:


To apply, please submit:


1) A resume or CV

2) A cover letter that includes:

a. Your experience with statistical software such as R (include frequently used packages), SAS, or Stata,
b. Your experience and/or interest in injury prevention work,
c. Your experience in or with Philadelphia, if any, and
d. Your past or proposed contributions to health justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

3) We are dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. We encourage
applications from individuals who identify with one or more of the following groups:

a) People of color,
b) Individuals with disabilities,
c) LGBTQ+,
d) First-generation college students, and/or
e) Individuals from a family that has qualified for federal financial assistance.

Applicants who are originally from and live in the Philadelphia area are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions about the position can be directed to Loren.Adams@phila.gov.

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