The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is an academic department within the Tufts University School of Medicine located on the Health Sciences Campus in Boston. Technical and academic assets within the department provide a strong research support system for federally-funded research. Its 30 full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees in epidemiology, biostatistics, sociology, anthropology, law, medicine, nutrition, biology, engineering, health policy, economics, social policy, education, social work, and the behavioral sciences. Department research includes a focus on the following thematic areas: health equity, health communication, nutrition and infection, infectious disease epidemiology, health policy and health care delivery, environmental health, the opioid epidemic, and global health. Department faculty are methodologically strong and diverse, with expertise in biostatistics, survey research, program evaluation, qualitative methods, dietary assessment and spatial epidemiological analysis.
A major driver of the U.S opioid crisis is limited access to effective medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) that reduce overdose. A 2018 law (“Chapter 208”) made Massachusetts (MA) the first state to mandate that five county jails deliver all FDA-approved MOUDs (extended-release naltrexone buprenorphine-naloxone , and methadone). Chapter 208 establishes a 4-year pilot program to expand all FDA-approved forms of MOUD at five county jails; two more county jails in MA voluntarily joined this initiative. The law stipulates that MOUD be maintained in individuals receiving it prior to detention, and initiated prior to release among sentenced inmates where appropriate. The seven jails must also facilitate continuation of the medication in the community on release. The Massachusetts Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network proposes to partner with these seven diverse jails and community treatment providers to conduct a Type 1 hybrid effectiveness- implementation study of Chapter 208. This study’s insights into Chapter 208’s implementation will inform the efficient development of future strategies to address OUDs in jail populations nationwide.
Provides advanced, specialized subject matter knowledge to develop, implement, supervise and evaluate a university Program or Research Project in collaboration with the Director or Principal Investigator(s). Develops goals and strategies; designs data management and reporting systems; manages program/project financial, operational, and human resources; writes grant proposals for continued or new funding: develops and oversees marketing, advertising and external relations. This individual designs and delivers seminars, lectures and events and conducts research and writes reports and results. Manages recruitment and retention of study subjects. Oversees support and provides advice and counseling to staff. Manages hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff.
Master’s degree in related discipline and 5-8 years of program or project management experience.
Experience supervising research staff in previous studies.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and be able and willing to travel throughout the state.
Must be comfortable working in a secure, correctional environment.
Solid computer skills and proficiency: Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.
Experience conducting qualitative in-depth interviews and focus groups.
Experience managing, coding, and analyzing qualitative data using content analysis software (e.g., Dedoose, NVivo, AtlasTi).
Experience implementing and managing complex study designs (e.g., observational studies, clinical trials) and program evaluations.
Solid skills in social determinants of health, participatory research methods, and community engagement.
Experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative data using statistical software (e.g., SAS, STATA, R, SPSS).
Ability to work successfully under pressure, understand and follow policies and procedures, and accommodate change.
Ability to take responsibility for assignments, work independently, and as part of a team.
Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion.
Experience working with local and state public health leaders.
PhD in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or mixed methods preferred.
Training in public health or social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology, social work, criminal justice).
Experience working with community members with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Experience working with ACASI, REDCap, and Qualtrics programs desirable.