Information and Data Analyst, Population Health Observatory in Surrey, British Columbia

Fraser Health Authority

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Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations, and is home to six Métis Chartered Communities.

Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care. Learn more.

We are currently looking to fill a Relief Full Time opportunity for a Information and Data Analyst, Population Health Observatory at Central City located in Surrey, BC. This relief role is available until November 2023 or until return of incumbent.

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Fraser Health is proudly recognized as a BC Top Employer. Joining our team offers you opportunities to work in a rapidly growing organization with health professionals who are excellent in their respective fields, career growth and advancement, a competitive compensation package (including four weeks of vacation to start, comprehensive health benefits, and pension plan), and the rewarding opportunity to make a difference every single day in health care.

Effective October 26, 2021 all staff for all positions across health care in British Columbia are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines). Please note this applies to all postings, and there are no exceptions.

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Supporting the Vision, Values, Purpose and Commitments of Fraser Health including service delivery that is centered around patients/clients/residents and families.

Provides information and data management expertise and analytical support for health assessment and disease surveillance functions. Partners with members of the Population Health Observatory and across Population and Public Health to generate and disseminate appropriate health information.

  • Collects and collates regional health assessment and surveillance data; uses analytic reporting tools to retrieve data, design reports, and summarize health information; maintains routine surveillance reports and outputs; develops and produces regular and ad-hoc reports of key performance indicators that monitor trends and healthcare utilization to support decision-making.

  • Acquires data from accessing on-line resources, requests data from other departments, regional, provincial and national agencies; assists as needed with the gathering and entering of data from health units and other frontline teams to ensure data collection and entry are complete.

  • Facilitates the preparation of data requests by performing duties such as extracting, linking, manipulating, analyzing, and summarizing data at the request of internal and external partners such as medical health officers, directors, managers, and community partners for the purposes of program planning, quality improvement and performance measurement.

  • Supports the epidemiologists in analysis of surveillance data for the preparation of reports and advises on data quality and data limitations for analytic purposes. Performs quantitative data analysis using descriptive and statistical methodologies, statistical software (e.g. SAS, R), and coding; automates routine analyses using standard programming tools; consults with epidemiologists and biostatistician to validate content and methodology of statistical reports.

  • Performs data management and preparation activities, including data extraction, data cleaning and documentation; develops and maintains data collection and storage systems such as databases and spreadsheets, including designing ad hoc reports; automates routine data management tasks using standard programming tools including structured query language (SQL); partners with relevant stakeholders to ensure reporting needs are met for assigned databases.

  • Uses ArcGIS, ArcCatalog and other relevant spatial software to create, organize and maintain geographic maps; uses cartography, geoprocessing, geocoding, vector and raster mapping, spatial joining, spatial editing, and Python and VBScript coding to conduct geospatial data analysis and create GIS maps; maintains appropriate metadata and documentation to describe maps, spatial analyses and processes and shapefiles; uses GIS maps, geospatial analysis, and spatial epidemiology of disease and its risk factors to assist in public health planning and evaluation, disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, and emergency preparedness.

  • Maintains the Population Health Observatory geographic content, including the Community Health Atlas, the Census, health, forward sortation area (FSA) and neighbourhood boundary files, and the environmental, transportation, health and other shapefiles and geodatabases; liaises with external partners such as BC Stats, BC Ministry of Health, and local governments to acquire spatial data.

  • Monitors and ensures quality and integrity of data from various public health information systems; advises about any identified data issues to ensure that data used for analysis or distributed to stakeholders is of the highest quality. This includes identifying inaccurate data and following up with data entry staff on missing, erroneous and duplicate data and correcting data errors in a timely manner. Documents and updates the processes for these procedures.

  • Plans system development, enhancement, and maintenance by performing duties such as evaluating existing and emerging data collection/analysis technology; executes project plans for implementation in a timely manner.

  • Prepares and maintains documentation and reports such as user guides, data collection procedure manuals, metadata, code documentation, data security policies and data dictionaries.

  • Participates on internal and external committees, as necessary, including provincial GIS committees such as the Health Authority Geographic Information System Committee; and liaises with the committee to communicate geographic and spatial data issues related to health assessment and surveillance with other jurisdictions.

  • Provides Manager, Population Health Observatory with budgetary costs for GIS related expenses such as software and data licensing, hardware upgrades, and training/education.

  • Maintains Population Health Observatory SharePoint site and departmental content on the intra/inter-nets. Recommends and implements changes to, and development of, websites and website content.

  • Supports data security by assigning and deleting access for various applications and network file systems. Ensures the secure transfer of confidential data to authorized stakeholders.

  • Supports the analysis and dissemination of information through the development of data visualization products. Ensures that the right tool and type of visualizations are used to draw insights for different analytical scenarios.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Informatics, Health Sciences, Statistics or related field, plus three (3) to five (5) years’ recent related technical experience with health information and data analysis or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Competencies

Demonstrates the leadership practices of the Fraser Health Leadership Framework of Clear, Caring and Courageous and creates the conditions for people to succeed.

Professional/Technical Capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of software applications (including GIS, R, SAS, Tableau, D3.js) to analyze and visualize health information.

Job ID: 2023-37851

FTE: 1.00

Scheduled Start & Stop Times (24 hour clock): 830 to 430 Mon-Fri

Program/Service (Choose one of the approved options listed above): Population & Public Health

Salary at Time of Posting: $31.53 – $45.32 / hour

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collects and collates regional health assessment and surveillance data; uses analytic reporting tools to retrieve data, design reports, and summarize health information; maintains routine surveillance reports and outputs; develops and produces regular and ad-hoc reports of key performance indicators that monitor trends and healthcare utilization to support decision-making.

  • Acquires data from accessing on-line resources, requests data from other departments, regional, provincial and national agencies; assists as needed with the gathering and entering of data from health units and other frontline teams to ensure data collection and entry are complete.

  • Facilitates the preparation of data requests by performing duties such as extracting, linking, manipulating, analyzing, and summarizing data at the request of internal and external partners such as medical health officers, directors, managers, and community partners for the purposes of program planning, quality improvement and performance measurement.

  • Supports the epidemiologists in analysis of surveillance data for the preparation of reports and advises on data quality and data limitations for analytic purposes. Performs quantitative data analysis using descriptive and statistical methodologies, statistical software (e.g. SAS, R), and coding; automates routine analyses using standard programming tools; consults with epidemiologists and biostatistician to validate content and methodology of statistical reports.

  • Performs data management and preparation activities, including data extraction, data cleaning and documentation; develops and maintains data collection and storage systems such as databases and spreadsheets, including designing ad hoc reports; automates routine data management tasks using standard programming tools including structured query language (SQL); partners with relevant stakeholders to ensure reporting needs are met for assigned databases.

  • Uses ArcGIS, ArcCatalog and other relevant spatial software to create, organize and maintain geographic maps; uses cartography, geoprocessing, geocoding, vector and raster mapping, spatial joining, spatial editing, and Python and VBScript coding to conduct geospatial data analysis and create GIS maps; maintains appropriate metadata and documentation to describe maps, spatial analyses and processes and shapefiles; uses GIS maps, geospatial analysis, and spatial epidemiology of disease and its risk factors to assist in public health planning and evaluation, disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, and emergency preparedness.

  • Maintains the Population Health Observatory geographic content, including the Community Health Atlas, the Census, health, forward sortation area (FSA) and neighbourhood boundary files, and the environmental, transportation, health and other shapefiles and geodatabases; liaises with external partners such as BC Stats, BC Ministry of Health, and local governments to acquire spatial data.

  • Monitors and ensures quality and integrity of data from various public health information systems; advises about any identified data issues to ensure that data used for analysis or distributed to stakeholders is of the highest quality. This includes identifying inaccurate data and following up with data entry staff on missing, erroneous and duplicate data and correcting data errors in a timely manner. Documents and updates the processes for these procedures.

  • Plans system development, enhancement, and maintenance by performing duties such as evaluating existing and emerging data collection/analysis technology; executes project plans for implementation in a timely manner.

  • Prepares and maintains documentation and reports such as user guides, data collection procedure manuals, metadata, code documentation, data security policies and data dictionaries.

  • Participates on internal and external committees, as necessary, including provincial GIS committees such as the Health Authority Geographic Information System Committee; and liaises with the committee to communicate geographic and spatial data issues related to health assessment and surveillance with other jurisdictions.

  • Provides Manager, Population Health Observatory with budgetary costs for GIS related expenses such as software and data licensing, hardware upgrades, and training/education.

  • Maintains Population Health Observatory SharePoint site and departmental content on the intra/inter-nets. Recommends and implements changes to, and development of, websites and website content.

  • Supports data security by assigning and deleting access for various applications and network file systems. Ensures the secure transfer of confidential data to authorized stakeholders.

  • Supports the analysis and dissemination of information through the development of data visualization products. Ensures that the right tool and type of visualizations are used to draw insights for different analytical scenarios.

Qualifications / Skills and Abilities: Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Informatics, Health Sciences, Statistics or related field, plus three (3) to five (5) years’ recent related technical experience with health information and data analysis or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Competencies

Demonstrates the leadership practices of the Fraser Health Leadership Framework of Clear, Caring and Courageous and creates the conditions for people to succeed.

Professional/Technical Capabilities

  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of software applications (including GIS, R, SAS, Tableau, D3.js) to analyze and visualize health information.

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