The HIV Epidemiology Program (HEP) in the Bureau of HIV (BHIV) at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is responsible for monitoring trends in the HIV epidemic in NYC and providing information for the development of programming to improve outcomes among people living with and at risk for HIV. HEP plays a key role in BHIV’s efforts to end the HIV epidemic (EtE).
Two of the city’s most important partners in the EtE initiative are the HIV Planning Group (HPG) and the Ryan White Planning Council (RWPC), which were chartered by CDC in 1996 in order to make resource allocation and program planning for prevention and HIV care more collaborative and responsive to community input.
The groups are composed of representatives of community-based organizations and medical care facilities, and they operate on a charter that includes a systematic nomination and appointment process, term limits, and proportional representation by geographic and demographic characteristics.
The two groups work closely with the NYC DOHMH to allocate more than $170 million in federal, state and local funding to (1) the groups with the highest rates of new diagnoses, and (2) persons with prevalent infections that may need assistance with retention in care and achieving viral suppression. Because the resource allocation process is data-driven, understanding the trends observed by epidemiological surveillance data is critical.
The function of presenting and interpreting the epidemiological surveillance data is fulfilled by an Epidemiology Liaison, who serves as the data ambassador to the groups.
DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
- Working closely with the BHHS, bureau team members and HPG/RWPC management to develop a calendar of annual reports and presentations and to ensure that epidemiological scientific research data needs are met.
- Advise bureau and HPG/RWPC management of the scope, methods of epidemiological scientific research data collection and analysis, completeness and accuracy.
- Ensure availability of epidemiological scientific research data is expected to be available at the team’s disposal.
- Attend HPG and RWPC plenary meetings as well as meetings of selected committees within each planning body.
- On a regular and/or in an as needed or requested basis, present epidemiological scientific research data from surveillance and scientific research studies to the HPG, RWPC, and committees through oral presentations.
- Provide assistance with interpretation of epidemiological scientific research data.
- Work with bureau staff to produce grant applications for federal prevention, treatment and care funding, providing epidemiologic scientific research data and tables for narratives where required.
- Produce any support documents focusing exclusively on epidemiologic scientific research data, for example, the annual Epidemiologic Profile.
- Write appropriate SAS code and producing statistical reports needed by the planning bodies.
- Act as liaison with the New York State HPG and RWPC, as well as other senior NYS officials, and with prevention personnel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Actively participate in the scientific research surveillance analysis unit, including involvement in epidemiological research data cleaning, analysis, verification, and preparation of reports and other routine scientific research publications, journals and/or literature for dissemination as assigned.
- Ensure that agency and program data security and confidentiality guidelines are strictly adhered to during all phases of scientific research data collection, management, analysis and presentation.
- Work collaboratively with the HIV Surveillance Unit, ACE Team, and Epidemiological Data Support Unit, and other BHIV/BHHS programs and units to facilitate program and bureau/agency goals.
- Other duties as assigned to facilitate program, bureau and department objectives.
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