This is a highly responsible physician position that serves as the principal medical resource and principal subject matter expert for the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section with regards to coordinated health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The position ensures scientific and clinical expertise is applied to program functions that align with CDC National Prevention Strategies to promote the science of Health Promotion based on evidenced-based practices. The position is essential to carrying out daily operations and legislatively mandated projects, and achieving critical public health goals for the State of Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Specific issues addressed include cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, abstinence, school health, and injury prevention. Responsibilities include providing medical consultation to Office of Surveillance, Evaluation and Research (OSER) and Branch Managers, evaluating the medical and technical aspects of programmatic policies and issues, performing special scientific studies, disseminating and evaluating public health information, and providing technical assistance in professional staff development and training related to coordinated chronic disease prevention and health promotions. Works under general direction of the Section Director with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Depending upon the successful applicant’s background and training, there is a potential for a part-time adjunct faculty position at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus.
Essential Job Functions:
(40%) Serves as a member of the HPCDP Section Science Leadership Team. Provides consultation regarding the measurement of disease risk factors and disease outcomes. Designs and develops research studies, including evaluation activities, to assess health promotion and disease intervention activities with focus on medical science, health service research, community-clinical linkages, and quality improvement initiatives. Provides guidance and technical assistance to Office of Surveillance, Evaluation and Research (OSER) and Branch Managers. Provides and interprets research, evaluation and epidemiological data to the programs to be used in planning, implementing, adjusting, and improving programming. Collaborates with the Medical Research Specialist (Manager of OSER) regarding research and evaluation initiatives. Routinely briefs program staff regarding medical science developments, including innovations in health services design, and provides consultation on implications for program direction and implementation.
(35%) Provides medical and scientific subject matter expertise to programs within the Section designed to result in evidence-based programming based on state-of-the-art science. Assists program managers with short- and long-term planning, developing and implementing programming designed to be feasible and effective. Provides medical subject matter expertise across Section program areas and with related programs within DSHS to foster joint planning and implementation of activities wherever possible. Provides medical review of program policies and issues. Provides the programs with updated information obtained at meetings and conferences and through consultation with other medical subject matter experts. Provides consultation to the programs regarding development of awareness and media campaigns to ensure that campaigns are evidence-based, data driven, and evaluated for effectiveness.
(20%) Provides representation on medical subject matter as needed in internal and external meetings. Participates on committees and advisory groups as needed (e.g., Texas Diabetes Council, Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke). Analyzes proposed legislation with implications for chronic disease prevention and control. Testifies at legislative hearings as needed. Collaborates with other medical subject matter experts and chronic disease-related organizations at the state and national level in order to share program information and obtain information from other experts. Makes presentations and provides consultation on medical subjects at meetings and conferences as approved. As needed, participates in or directs the preparation of manuscripts, newsletters, reports, and other documents related to areas of responsibility and expertise. Acts as a liaison to regional and local health department directors and to other physicians regarding prevention of chronic diseases, disease control methodologies, disease trends, etc. Serves as the DSHS physician on call as scheduled.
(5%) Attends all required training and exercises related to disaster preparedness and response. Participates as assigned in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC), State Operations Center (SOC), or other deployment during activation for a disaster or health and medical emergency.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Through knowledge of principles of modern medicine related to chronic disease prevention and treatment, health promotion, public health and clinical preventive services, and current social and economic problems pertaining to public health.
Through knowledge of the standard principles and methods of medical epidemiology, and related biostatistics necessary for epidemiological investigations.
Thorough knowledge of his/her professional speciality of sufficient degree to permit him/her to function in a specialist capacity.
Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to public health and chronic disease.
Knowledge of program evaluation techniques and methodologies.
Knowledge of major statistical and data resources and health surveys related to chronic disease burden
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, nurses, staff members, public officials, private interest groups and the general public.
Ability to analyze and format epidemiological, surveillance and statistical data for purposes such as determining disease burden and health disparities or planning and evaluating chronic disease prevention interventions and programs.
Ability to exercise judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
Ability to express ideas clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing, orally, or presentations to audiences.
Ability to educate other physicians, in coordinated chronic disease prevention and health promotion methodologies.
Skill in personal communication techniques.
Skill in written communication techniques.
Skill in using computer software, such as word processing, databases and spreadsheets
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must be licensed as a medical doctor in the State of Texas.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Must be licensed as a medical doctor in the State of Texas.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. req#224974