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Senior Research Associate - HEALTH

Date: Dec 4, 2022

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Health Department 

Pay:  $50,606.40 annually  

Work Schedule: 8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday  


The Senior Research Associate is a professional position in the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD). The position is responsible for enhancing public health practice and service by working with community partners to strengthen the SCHD’s capacity in applied community research and data analysis with particular emphasis on maternal child health and community engagement. The position analyzes data and communicates results of analyses to internal SCHD staff, external health partners and the public. Consultation and collaboration with internal SCHD staff and external health partners is required. This position provides capacity-building support to the SCHD by performing program evaluation, referral network coordination, data visualization, coalition building, database management, and survey development, in addition to providing staff training workshops in those areas. Data analyses and evaluations performed will guide efforts to improve the health of Sedgwick County residents and improve the quality of the work at SCHD.


Manage and analyze public health data, including data related to maternal and child health

  • Analyze data and prepare data briefs and reports for internal and external distribution
  • Participate in Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) meetings and projects
  • Develop and manage surveys and other data collection tools for the SCHD Division of Children and Family Health


Coordinate the community referral platform IRIS for Sedgwick County partners

  • Onboard new community partners to utilize the application
  • Create training materials and train community partners through presentations and one-on-one coaching
  • Monitor the system and produce internal and external effectiveness reports
  • Develop strategies to increase utilization of the application.
  • Travel to community partner locations for trainings.


Conduct research projects and provide research expertise

  • Lead at least one research project per year, utilizing primary or secondary data
  • Perform program evaluations and, as needed, coordinate with external evaluators
  • Build partnerships with external partners, including coalitions and organizations involved in maternal and child health.
  • Provide technical assistance to SCHD CFH staff and other SCHD staff.
  • Teach, maintain and/or design public health competency workshops
  • Participate in agency quality improvement activities


Minimum Qualifications: Masters of Public Health or related Master’s degree. Minimum of two years of extensive research experience including working in a research team environment, conducting program evaluations, developing surveys, and writing research reports, publications, or other relevant outputs. At least one year experience with data management and analysis. Three years of experience with Microsoft Suite applications, including Excel. Per Sedgwick County policy, this is a driving level position that requires a valid Kansas driver’s license without restrictions and current proof of automobile insurance. In order to comply with the requirements of the federal health care staff COVID-19 vaccination mandate, all employees of COMCARE and the Health Department must be fully vaccinated. All offers of employment are contingent upon submission of vaccination documentation prior to start date. 


Preferred Qualifications: DrPH or PhD in public health or closely related field. Four years of experience with the following: maternal and child health data collection, management and analysis, community-based participatory research, and program evaluation and survey development, and peer-reviewed journal publications. Two years of work experience in a healthcare clinic, hospital, or state or local health department.


It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

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