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Research Project Description

Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Fellowship
Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

CDC-NCEH-2014-0065

Project Description:

Two fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HHLPPP) within the Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and can cause adverse health effects, such as intellectual and behavioral deficits. No safe blood lead level in children is identified. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. HHLPPP funds state, county and city health departments to collect and analyze blood lead testing data, provide these data to CDC, and, in collaboration with CDC, analyze the data and develop strategies to target various lead hazard reduction activities. Under the guidance of a mentor, opportunities may include:

  • Participate in developing recommendations associated with techniques and approaches used to deliver or render services; support will be provided to the HHLPPP awardees in the development/enhancement and implementation of their lead poisoning surveillance programs
  • Reviewing the use of data and information collection methods and analyzing instruments specific to the use of HHLPPP
  • Assisting in implementing activities and identifying major program issues, effective strategies and priorities related to the cooperative agreement
  • Assisting HHLPPP awardees in assessing program effectiveness through providing technical support related to interpreting program evaluation indicators and evaluation measures
  • Fostering collaboration with other federal, state and local health, environmental and housing agencies by initiating contacts, conference calls and on-site visits to discuss programmatic issues

The methods and techniques that may be used in this fellowship include: program evaluation, project development, collaborating with governmental and non-governmental partnerships, and data analysis. The selected participants will be given the opportunity to collaborate with health and social scientists, state and local program managers, and data managers to provide advice on secondary and primary prevention of childhood lead poisoning.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will received a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in public health, public administration or a related field received within the last five years.

Experience with state or local health departments is beneficial

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of CDCrpp@orau.org. Please reference CDC-NCEH-2014-0065 in all communications.