Immediate job opening in opioid overdose prevention - Vermont

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Greetings all,

The CDC has recently partnered with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program (a part of ONDCP) to create a new kind of public health - public safety partnership to respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. There is currently a job opening in Vermont for a full time Public Health Analyst - someone who will work with local communities, organizations, and agencies to better understand the epidemic and to advocate for (and even build!) effective strategies for overdose prevention.

An MPH is desired but absolutely not required. The job announcement is very clearly written in law enforcement-ese, but don't be led astray -- there are a growing number of medical anthropologists and sociologists contributing to this project. This would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone finishing a Masters in applied anthropology or even with a Bachelors degree and some training in medical or bio-cultural anthrpology, the social determinants of health, or basic quantitative methods. 

I would really love to see this job go to a budding anthropologist! I am available to answer any questions about the program as well.

They are hoping to fill this position in the next few weeks.

Jennifer J. Carroll
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
  Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
Science to Action Coordinator - Heroin Response Strategy 
  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention





Title: Public Health Analyst
Location: Vermont Intelligence Center, Williston, VT 05495
Division/Unit: Heroin Response Strategy
Area of Responsibility: State of Vermont
Organization: New England HIDTA (Town of Scarborough, Maine and the National HIDTA Program, funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy)

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) funds High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs across the country that focus on reducing drug trafficking and its harmful consequences, particularly drug abuse and drug-related crime. HIDTA programs invest in federal, state, and local partnerships to build safe and healthy communities. The Heroin Response Strategy (HRS) was developed by several HIDTAs to address the severe opioid threat in regional communities. The HRS is a one-of-a-kind partnership between public health and public safety/law enforcement that aims to forestall the growth of the opioid crisis and reduce the rate of fatal overdose through coordinated efforts at state and regional levels. The HRS places Drug Intelligence Officers (DIOs) and Public Health Analysts (PHAs) in designated states to work within each state and across regions. The HRS is seeking a Public Health Analyst to assess the current epidemiology of opioid use and overdose, facilitate cooperation and coordination across state health and law enforcement agencies, and collaborate in the development of creative, data-driven strategies for opioid overdose prevention in the State of Vermont. The posted analyst position will be supervised through the New England HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC) and based out of the Vermont Intelligence Center, Williston, VT. Continued funding for this position will be explicitly contingent on funding for the HRS Program made available through ONDCP.

• Facilitate collaboration between public health and public safety entities, including data sharing, joint initiatives, and policy considerations, in coordination with the state DIO.
• Gather, organize, maintain, and analyze data including illicit and prescription drug use from public health and public safety sources. Report and present analyses, to be shared with key local, regional, and state partners.
• Respond to ad hoc requests for policy research or information on emerging drug trends.
• Assist DIOs in collecting and analyzing drug abuse and drug distribution information.
• Contribute analysis and reporting to HRS projects and HIDTA assessments, as needed.
• Assist with and assess public health and public safety drug-related programs and initiatives.

Qualifications & Skill Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Interest in the field of drug abuse/drug policy/overdose prevention.
• Required Experience/Skills: synthesizing and interpreting data, preparing and presenting reports, research and writing (a writing sample will be requested).
• Solid command of MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, including expertise in formatting and design of reports, charts, graphs, and tables.
• Preferred Experience/Skills: analyzing drug use-related data, GIS/mapping, policy analysis, and familiarity with criminal justice and/or public health systems.
• Experience with functional databases and programming or statistics-related software is a plus.
• Master’s Degree in a related field is a plus.

Contract Term & Rate: One year, $53,772 contract
Benefits: The selected candidate will be hired as a contractor and will not receive benefits.
Background Check: The individual hired for this position must be eligible for a “Secret” clearance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

To Apply: To apply for this position go to:

Applications will be accepted until close of business Friday, August 4, 2017.