The State of Colorado has a couple openings that are slightly nontraditional but still good opportunities for anyone with experience in public health, data analysis, project management, and healthcare policy. See the job postings below.

Quality Health Improvement Specialist

Salary: $3,563.00 – $5,214.00 Monthly

Location: Denver, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Closing: 2/28/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

This position is only open to State of Colorado residents.

Job Description:

This position is in a training period to learn the business processes prior to performing at a fully operational level.  This position will receive additional supervision and guidance during the training period. The position exists to assist with Quality Initiatives related to behavioral health and the Accountable Care Collaborative. Will support the unit in development of various QHI projects and ensure they are implemented accurately.  The position will participate with the creation of the state comprehensive quality strategy and conduct specific behavioral health quality activities including performance measurement, site audits, and other quality activities as assigned.  The position will be responsible for coordinating implementation of the new federal regulations and development of the statewide Quality Strategy for Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid and the CHP+ programs.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration, Health Administration, Social Sciences, Nursing, or another closely related field;
Experience: One (1) year of professional experience in data analysis, process improvement in a healthcare setting, health care program management, healthcare project management, health care quality improvement or health care policy.

A combination of professional work experience in healthcare program management, healthcare project management, health care quality improvement or health care policy, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree.  A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Public Policy, Health Care Administration, or Nursing may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one year of general experience.

The preferred candidate will possess:

  • Data analysis experience
  • Experience with Tableau
  • Experience with healthcare trending report development
  • Experience with a Medicaid program
  • Experience with HEDIS


  • Intermediate to expert level experience with developing reports, communicating data and/or complex information in a visually appealing and concise manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Quality Health Care improvement processes.

For a full description and to apply, click here.

Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance Data Coordinator

Salary: $56,472.00 – $82,656.00 Annually

Location: Denver, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Department of Public Health & Environment

Closing: 3/6/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

Job Description:

This position resides in the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Program of the Communicable Disease Branch. The purpose of the Communicable Disease Branch is to monitor, investigate, and control epidemic and communicable diseases affecting the public health in Colorado, as required under Colorado statute, including enteric diseases, invasive bacterial diseases, respiratory diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, zoonotic diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases and healthcare-associated infections. The purpose of the HAI/AR Program is to monitor, investigate, and prevent healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and monitor and support antimicrobial stewardship in Colorado.

This position oversees statewide healthcare facility reporting into the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) HAI reporting database National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), including the following:

  • Monitohealthcarehealth care facilities’ compliance with the statutory requirements regarding HAI disclosure.
  • Monitor Colorado healthcare facilities’ compliance with Board of Health requirements regarding healthcare worker flu vaccination reporting.
  • Provide support, guidance, technical assistance, and education to health care facilities regarding HAI surveillance reporting into NHSN.
  • Provide NHSN data on healthcare worker influenza vaccination reporting to the Immunization Branch.
  • Stay up to date on NHSN protocols and updates.
  • Serves as the Colorado expert for NHSN reporting and analyses, and is the NHSN administrator for Colorado.

This position also performs data analysis for the HAI Program, including the following:

  • Analyze healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data reported through NHSN for facility-based reports for the public and legislature as per statute; write these reports
  • Develop aggregate reports using NHSN and other HAI surveillance systems to inform state priorities for HAI prevention
  • Stay current on latest methodologies in analyses for HAI public health data in other state and local health departments
  • Design and develop facility-specific reports using NHSN and other HAI surveillance system data
  • Develop and implement protocols to apply software to surveillance systems to detect outbreaks and cluster
  • Use available data sources to develop and maintain a social network analysis of healthcare facilities
  • Provide data support during outbreak investigations
  • Compare surveillance data from various HAI Program databases (e.g., NHSN and EIP)
  • Development of databases as needed for HAI Program needs

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or related field.


  • Three years of professional experience working in the field of epidemiology.


  • Additional experience in the public health or epidemiology fields will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • A master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or closely related field will substitute for two of the required three years of experience.

The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. “See Resume” statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies, and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Masters or Doctorate degree in epidemiology or public health or similar training program such as Epidemic Intelligence Service.
  • Practical experience working in a public health setting, particularly communicable diseases, or epidemiology in a healthcare setting
  • Practical experience working in the field of healthcare-associated infections
  • Practical experience working with disease surveillance data systems
  • Experience analyzing data with SAS, SPSS, or related data analysis software
  • Experience analyzing public health surveillance data.
  • Holds self-accountable for high-quality and timely results
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail when completing work tasks
  • Ability to think critically with demonstrated talent for analyzing and assessing all sides of a question or an issue in order to make a more informed decision.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and easily consider new approaches
  • Personable professional whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport diverse individuals
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of technologies and use technology effectively
  • Excellent customer service skills

For a full description and to apply, click here.

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