Conducts epidemiological and investigative work by leading and assisting in the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of community disease and health surveillance data and other identified data sets that impact health and well-being. The Epidemiologist is a member of the department leadership team.
The Epidemiologist position is responsible for carrying out epidemiologic and surveillance activities in all department program areas to determine the etiology of diseases and conditions in order to help develop programming for their prevention, suppression and control.
Supports public health research in the department through partnerships, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and literature reviews to provide a deeper understanding of inter-related conditions that influence health. Offer recommendations for improving project evaluation, data collection, data utilization methods, and assuring the application of an equity lens in these processes whenever possible.
Manages population-based data, creates reports, and develops visualizations that show meaningful disaggregated data. Contributes to the Community Health Assessment and other department projects by collaborating with staff on data collection, analysis, interpretation, visualization and evaluation to effectively communicate findings with the general community.
ADDITIONAL ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Collects and analyzes valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data. Conducts statistical analysis and provides insight on data to staff and community.
Oversees data collection, entry, cleaning, quality assessment and documentation.
Compiles briefs, reports, presentations, infographics, dashboards, and other methods to share findings with staff, Board of Health, elected officials, community groups, partners, grant funders, and community residents.
Supports school surveillance system for the Communicable Disease division.
Gathers, tracks, and maintains data needed for health promotion, disease prevention, evaluation, and quality improvement efforts, including coordination of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and other community-wide surveys.
Develops and implements program-specific surveys, and compiles data from various sources such as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, CDC, and local partner agencies as needed.
Provides epidemiologic support to grant-funded activities and reports.
Serves as department expert to identify and share resources to help health department and community partners act on data findings.
Researches and utilizes evidence-based findings to guide departmental work.
Supports divisions engaged in community-based participatory research.
Collaborates with communication specialists and division staff to provide public health informatics related to policies, programs, and services.
Supports performance management systems and quality improvement activities.
Applies ethical principles in the use of data and information.
Contributes to a team oriented, collaborative and positive work environment
Builds and maintains good working relationships with diverse populations and community agencies and municipalities and provide services in a culturally sensitive manner.
Participates in department commitment to incorporate equity into services, policies, practices, and organizational culture.
Participates in improving agency performance, processes, programs, and interventions through continuous quality improvement.
Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing education, participating in professional committees and workgroups, and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued.
Reports to work as called upon in 24/7 in a public health crisis or emergency and perform public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with training provided.
Adheres to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, such as those concerning exposure to blood borne pathogens, toxic substances, airborne pathogens or exposure to other hazards during routine assignments or assignments during public health crisis or emergency.
Participates in public health emergency response training and drills.
Performs other related duties as may be assigned.
Reports to Public Health Supervisor-Administration Division
Works collaboratively with all staff, community partners, and the public.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Skill in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation utilizing multiple data sets (e.g. vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input, health equity assessments).
Ability to communicate in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency.
Has knowledge of, values, and advocates for the benefits of a diverse workforce.
Recognizes the influence of population diversity on programs, policies, and services.
Addresses population diversity in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
Ability to successfully work with diverse populations and demonstrate cultural humility.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, community leaders, general public, other county departments, agencies and state officials and work with persons with varying levels of education, understanding, and values in a culturally sensitive manner.
Understanding of the limitations of evidence (e.g. validity, reliability, sample size, bias, generalizability).
Ability to interpretation of empirical research from professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
Ability to apply time-management skills, exercise independent judgment, and prioritize workload.
Ability to adapt to changing programming and workplace priorities.
Ability to accommodate flexible scheduling to address program needs.
Ability to organize work and work productively with indirect supervision in a highly visible public sector.
Knowledge of quality improvement concepts and ability to contribute to continuous performance improvement.
Access to a motor vehicle and commitment to meet and maintain the County’s automobile insurance requirements.
Ability to perform most work from a sedentary position.
Ability to function in situations encountered in a normal office setting.
Ability to use standard office equipment including telephone, computer, printer, photocopier, and scanner.
Ability to travel to other County departments and locations.
Ability to work in adverse weather conditions, and uncomfortable indoor environments during a public health crisis or emergency. Work performed in the community is sometimes subject to conditions that range from inclement weather to dangerous conditions such as ice/snow, cold, heat, noise, wetness/humidity, vibration, sudden temperature changes, and poor illumination at the job site or due to travel on the job. Travel to and from field locations may subject worker to increased risk of driving hazards. Community locations may subject worker to communicable diseases, insects and other disease vectors, toxins, hazardous materials, chemicals and animals.
Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone.
Visual ability must be sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen and drive a car.
Master's Degree in Public Health, Biostatistics, or Epidemiology; or similar field or a combination of closely related education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Three 3 years professional work experience within a public health setting preferred.
Experience with statistical software such as SAS or SPSS, disease surveillance systems, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) preferred, and other technologies that enhance data collection, visualization, and distribution.
Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
Internal Number: 5214
About Winnebago County
The Winnebago County Health Department has offices in the cities of Oshkosh and Neenah, WI. About 45 staff serve over 150K residents in the major program areas of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Communicable Disease, WIC, and Environmental Health.
Located in East Central Wisconsin, bordered on the east by Lake Winnebago, Winnebago County anchors the southern half of the Fox River Valley -- one of the largest metropolitan areas in Wisconsin. The County is close to the urban centers of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is known for stability, progress, and growth.
Winnebago County is also known as the County of "big lakes". Five large lakes make up the majority of water area, ranging in size from Lake Winnebago (137,708 acres) to Little Lake Butte des Morts (1,306 acres). The Fox and Wolf are important rivers that provided early transportation and were an early power source for development of local industries. Abundant water resources have assisted the County in being ranked in the top eight industrial counties in the State. These water resources also provide for excellent recreational activities. The lakes and rivers provide sailing and boating plus exc...ellent fishing during both summer and winter. Ducks and geese provide local sport in the fall.
The County also hosts the Annual Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In every August with an attendance of over 500,000.
The County's economy is most noted for the stable industrialized base that centers on the paper industry. Kimberly-Clark Corporation began its operations here and remains as one of the largest paper product companies in the world. Other major business sectors include specialized trucks, woodworking, metal work and machine manufacturing.
Five major highways and Wittman Regional Airport make travel, shipping, and delivery to and from Winnebago County convenient and economical.
The County has a population of about 169,511. The majority of people reside in five urban areas ranging in population from
over 66,778 in Oshkosh, the County seat, to the Village of Winneconne with over 2,383 people. The County provides a variety of living options. One can live in a rural or urban setting or experience a river or lake setting.
The residents work hard, play hard, and are well educated. The County boasts excellent private and public schools, a four year university, a two-year university, and a technical college.