Health Scientist
SciMetrika - Atlanta, GA

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SciMetrika is a public health consulting firm whose mission is to provide innovative scientific, technical, and logistical solutions that advance human health. We serve federal, state, and local agencies, commercial companies, educational institutions and private research organizations. We are currently seeking Health Scientists to be based in Atlanta, Georgia, and to partner with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

The Health Scientists will provide expert consultation and evaluation assistance in the management and implementation of the various activities for one or more of the following teams/areas:

The Center’s Office of the Director
•Conduct program evaluation of public health programs and interventions using formative, process, outcome, impact, and cost/benefit evaluation.
•Serve as programmatic consultant to programs that build program capacity to reduce health disparities of people with disabilities.
•Develop strategies for evaluating disability public health programs and assist with programmatic, surveillance, and epidemiologic activities related to people with disabilities.
•Document program accomplishments and recommend changes in policy, program operations, and resource levels to improve effectiveness.
Various Programs
•Perform GA-SEED developmental evaluations, clinical data collection, clinical data entry, data analysis. Local travel is required.
•Conduct assessment of study participants and systematic review of health and education records. Local travel is required.
•Administer standardized assessments on children with developmental disabilities, analyzes, synthesize, and interpret the results of these assessments for study participants. Local travel is required.
•Provide developmental evaluations, clinical data collection, and clinical data entry on over 200 records.
National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) and future Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy exposures (BD_STEPS) projects
•Review NBDPS and BD-STEPS databases and perform data analyses, quality assurance/quality control, and provide a list of corrective actions to CDC staff.
•Using current US Department of Agriculture food lists and nutritional values, determine the best estimation of the nutritional value and content for specific reported food items, and update the NBDPS and BD-STEPS databases.
•Perform an analysis on all medications and all birth outcomes to assess the effect estimates for all possible combinations to screen for potentially teratogenic medications.
Birth defects surveillance programs related to stillbirths surveillance
•Provide technical assistance to state birth defects surveillance programs to incorporate active surveillance approaches for stillbirths. Prepare materials and lead monthly conference calls with state surveillance programs. Maintain an intranet site for communication and document and data transfer with state surveillance programs.
•Work with Metropolitan Atlanta Congenital Defects Program (MACDP) staff to conduct an evaluation of the surveillance methods and quality of data collected for stillbirth surveillance. Prepare a Word document detailing summary, strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement.
•Work with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) representatives to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to develop a chapter on surveillance guidelines for expanding birth defect surveillance programs to conduct stillbirth surveillance. As needed, work with the Editor and Technical Writer to make changes to the draft and final versions of the chapter.
Various activities for DHHD
•Conduct different types of program evaluation of public health programs and interventions using formative, process, outcome, impact, and cost/benefit evaluation.
•Serve as programmatic consultant to programs that build program capacity to reduce health disparities of people with disabilities.
•Develop strategies for evaluating disability public health programs and assist with programmatic, surveillance, and epidemiologic activities related to people with disabilities.
Requirements
Minimum Education/Experience or Equivalent: A combination of education and/or experience in the fields of medicine, public health, epidemiology, birth defects, statistics, nursing, genetics, child development, health education, health promotion, medical records technology, database management, quality assurance/quality control, grants and contracts, project management, health communication, strategic planning, or other related areas. Bachelor’s Degree and preferably a M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. or M.B.A. in these fields of expertise.
Job Specific Competencies
•Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced environment
•Effective communication, professional and interpersonal skills
•Desire and ability to learn and apply new skills and technologies quickly
•Experience working on federal contracts is highly desired