The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between the government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) Bureau of Tuberculosis Control (BTBC) aims to prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and eliminate it as a public health problem in New York City. The goals of BTBC are to identify all individuals with suspected or confirmed tuberculosis disease and ensure their appropriate treatment and to ensure that individuals who are at high-risk for progression from latent infection to active disease receive treatment for latent tuberculosis infection and do not develop disease. To achieve these goals, BTBC conducts surveillance and data analysis, monitors patient care, conducts case management, detects, investigates, and responds to outbreaks, and conducts provider and community outreach.
The implementation of universal whole genome sequencing (WGS) and other molecular-based tests for TB diagnosis and drug susceptibility testing requires ongoing modification of reporting and surveillance systems and considerable coordination with internal and external laboratories, clinicians, and others. A data coordinator is needed to support and enhance integration of laboratory, clinical and epidemiologic data, manage specimen and results tracking and coordination, conduct QA, liaise with city, state and CDC laboratory partners and colleagues, and conduct genomic data management and analysis in support of drug resistance surveillance, false positive investigation, data coordination, outbreak detection and response and molecular epidemiology activities of BTBC.
- Query various databases using SAS and/or SQL and review workflows to identify patients and/or specimens that have pending or missing test results.
- Liaise with external laboratory partners and colleagues to coordinate exchange of laboratory results and follow-up when issues are identified related to missing or inaccurate results.
- Coordinate with the NYS Wadsworth laboratory WGS team and the CDC molecular epidemiology team and interface with the national TB genotyping management system (TBGIMS).
- Assist with the migration of whole genome sequencing and cluster investigation data into Maven
- Conduct data analysis to support research projects related to the use of whole genome sequencing for cluster and outbreak detection and the prediction of drug resistance.
- Conduct cluster and outbreak investigations, as needed.
Other duties as assigned.