*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A fellowship opportunity is available within the Office of Policy and Partnerships in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP) of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
We all need safe, healthy, and supportive environments for good health. The environment in which we live is a major determinant of our health and is intrinsically connected to our physical and mental well-being. DEHSP in CDC works to prevent exposures to environmental health hazards and improve health of people in all communities through applied environmental public health science and practice. DEHSP engages on several, important cross-cutting environmental health (EH) issues with a potential for policy impact such as, asthma, climate and health, lead, safe water, and harmful algal blooms. This opportunity for training will allow the participant to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams across EH programs, contribute to high-profile policy actions and collaborate with internal and external partners to achieve program goals.
The participant training will support two overarching division policy and partnerships priorities. With guidance from a mentor, the participant will gain an understanding on leveraging science and policy for informing decision making and achieving public health impact. Participant will conduct policy research on environmental health topics; strategically cultivate and maintain relationships with partners to leverage resources and develop communication materials to policy and non-policy-oriented audiences. The participant will be involved in activities including but not limited to the following: a) support the needs of DEHSP’s mission coordination teams (MCTs); b) conduct a systematic scan of partner organizations on an ongoing basis; c) review, research expertise of the partners and build partner profiles; d) develop strategies and approaches for partnership building, e) identify opportunities for synergistic working alliances, and f) synthesize key findings into summary for various audiences and stakeholders.
The participant will receive training in the following areas:
- Understanding public health policy research and analysis
- Engaging and collaborating with partner organizations and key partnership experts in the division to ensure coordination and support the organization’s mission
- Preparing policy and communication materials to inform specific groups on program specific activities
- Conducting policy analysis, draft interpretations of policy matters and develop reports
- Developing a formative understanding of health equity science, root causes of health inequities, and multisectoral strategies to reduce health disparities
- Contributing to the coordination and engagement of partnership opportunities internal and external to the Agency related to health equity
- Collecting, tracking, analyzing and disseminating information related to health equity activities across CDC and external sources
- Providing logistical support to policy team on strategic plans for new and complex programs
- Tracking of national and state level legislation on EH
- Planning and manage logistics to organize meetings or events
- Preparing talking points and presentations
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 2021 (start date is flexible)
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 can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational 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, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
If you have questions, send an email to ORISE.CDC.NCEH@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (CDC-NCEH-2021-0226) in your email.