Data Abstraction Specialist - Temporary
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LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Data Abstraction Specialist

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 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 (NYC).



The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers through contracting and oversight of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation; development and dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education; and community involvement and interagency collaboration.

The Research and Surveillance unit conducts alcohol- and drug-related surveillance, program evaluation and research, maintains databases, designs research protocols, produces reports, writes scientific articles for peer review journals, and facilitates program and policy development.

With an annual budget of approximately $2 million dollars per year, Strategies To Operationalize the Prevention of Overdose Death (STOP OD) aims to strengthen NYC’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic and reduce overdose deaths. Informed by critical new surveillance and in collaboration with cross-sector partners across levels of government, DOHMH will implement focused prevention and response strategies to reach populations that bear the heaviest burden of opioid use and associated morbidity and mortality.


Reporting to the Research and Surveillance Manager, the Data Abstraction Specialist will assist with abstraction of data from medical examiner and toxicology reports and will enter this data in a database for the purpose of conducting overdose mortality surveillance; as well as development and evaluation of prevention efforts.




  • Learn and implement proper data abstraction techniques to conduct data entry of medical examiner and toxicology reports.
  • Review medical examiner reports and toxicology reports, abstract data, and enter data into an electronic database.
  • Follow security standards for working with sensitive data and proper tracking procedures.
  • Assist with ongoing development of data abstraction training materials and evaluation of current protocol and processes to improve and streamline current methods.
  • Participate in data abstraction trainings to stay up to date with data entry procedures and unique coding scenarios.
  • Attend appropriate meetings and provide findings to necessary parties upon request.
  • BA/BS in sociology, psychology, anthropology, public health, or a related social science field.
  • Experience conducting administrative tasks simultaneously and efficiently
  • Excellent computer and communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills



This position will be hired through a staffing agency. Compensation for the position is hourly, with a rate up to $25/hour commensurate with experience. 


To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.