Researches and provides up-to-date information regarding the surveillance, investigation and evaluation of communicable or chronic diseases, injuries or conditions. Assists in the planning and implementation of epidemiological programs to prevent and control diseases, injuries, or conditions affecting the health of the Cherokee Nation's Indian population. Provides technical assistance and support to Cherokee Nation staff, and to various local, state, and federal agencies within the boundaries of their competence, based on their documented education, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience.
Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and the United States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Practices only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their documented education, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience. Coordinates epidemiological investigations, descriptive and analytic studies relating to specific diseases. Interprets results and adapts epidemiology programs and related programs. Maintains contacts and works closely with other health agencies as appropriate. Designs and implements epidemiological studies and surveillance systems. Develops quality assurance methods for data collection and analysis. Determines and utilizes appropriate statistical methods to evaluate and interpret data. Interprets data to determine risks from exposure. Supports epidemic control throughout Cherokee Nation's Tribal jurisdiction service area by designing and maintaining an epidemic control program. Provides consultation support to Cherokee Nation health care professionals. Uses statistical analysis and technical writing to prepare monthly reports and other reports upon request. Assess need for public health education strategies and makes recommendations. Uses environmental analyses and current epidemiological developments to perform an analysis and interpretation of Cherokee Nation population's health by demographic area and conducts workload analysis of health practitioners. Designs, conducts and analyzes surveys in relation to public health topics and assists other staff in developing and implementing surveys. Assists in budgeting and planning for immediate and long-range program direction. Plans, designs, conducts, and reports research only in a manner consistent with current, pertinent ethical principles put forth in federal, tribal and state laws, rules, and scientific standards governing research with human subjects. Provides data and technical support to facilitate grant writing and management processes. Develops or assists in the development of grant proposals. Reviews literature and other data in public health, clinical practice and other health areas and disseminates information to appropriate personnel. Acts as liaison with appropriate agencies to share and gather information and enhance data resources for tribal health planners. Maintains verifiable records at an institution or facility that has a published records retention policy that is equal to or exceeds the retention required by federal, tribal, and/or state regulations. Maintains the confidentiality of any information received from any person or source about a client/patient, unless authorized in writing by the client/patient or required by law or court order. Obtains written informed consent of client/patient BEFORE audio/video taping or recording or permitting third party observation of their activities. Obtains written consent from the joint-custodial parents, custodial parent, legal guardian or from the legal custodian appointed by the Court before conducting interviews of minor children. Complies with the applicable state, tribal and federal regulations in regard to the security, safety and confidentiality of any health services record created, maintained, transferred, or destroyed, whether the record is written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium. Provides the client/patient a copy of their record in accordance with state and federal laws. Other duties may be assigned.
Directly supervises one to three employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
* GRANT FUNDED POSITION *
Master's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, Biological, Medical or Health Science which include at least 6 semester hours in epidemiological methods and 6 semester hours of other epidemiological course work and 9 semester hours in statistical methods and analysis.
An additional minimum of three (3) years of experience in a field involving the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis;
Doctorate in epidemiology and two years of qualifying experience.
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree plus three (3) full-time years of work experience in epidemiology or a closely related field. A doctoral degree in public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry or other health related field is preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Development software; Internet software; Project Management software; Statistical software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must possess a valid driver's license with a driving history verified through a motor vehicle report that meets requirements for Cherokee Nation underwriting rating.
Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for child care.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Strong project management skills to organize major project activities into a logical sequence with a reasonable and achievable schedule of deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively and express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing to a variety of audiences including staff, the public and tribal leadership.
Employee must not be and will not be under sanction by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) or by the General Services Administration (GSA) or listed on the OIG’s Cumulative Sanction Report, or the GSA’s List of Excluded Providers; or listed on the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE).
* Some evenings required *
This position is grant funded and contingent upon funding availability.