*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
CDC Office and Location: Two internship opportunities are available for the Message Validation, Processing, and Provisioning System (MVPS) for the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS), Information Systems Branch (ISB), in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
Research Project: MVPS is software that supports the core functions of receiving, processing, and provisioning data for 150 nationally notifiable diseases (NND) and other conditions under standardized surveillance. MVPS validates and processes NND case notification messages sent by public health jurisdictions and provisions the data to CDC programs for their national surveillance efforts. MVPS is also a critical component of the COVID-19 response, processing millions of COVID-19 case notification messages per month.
As part of the NNDSS Modernization Initiative, MVPS is currently working on developing four main components:
- Implementation of prioritized Message Mapping Guides (MMGs) or Health Level 7 (HL7) case notifications, which provide guidance for how to package and transmit case notification data for each disease/condition. These MMGs need to be implemented within MVPS to allow CDC to collect and report standardized case notification data.
- NNDSS Data Processing Redesign – Currently, MVPS is in the testing phase of a multi-year development project to redesign the data processing, reporting, and reconciliation of all NND data streams. This redesign effort will provide automated data processing, improve data timeliness and integrity, and reduce burden on jurisdictions during reconciliation, which are particularly needed during the COVID-19 response where jurisdictions are over-burdened with the influx of cases.
- Implementation of the NMI Onboarding Tool (NOT) in MVPS- The NOT supports the NNDSS Onboarding Team’s work with jurisdictions as they onboard for new case reporting MMGs. The NOT allows for quick review of message data compared to test case data expected to ensure jurisdiction mappings to specific data elements is correct.
- Cloud migration – Currently the MVPS has been developed and hosted on CDC premises; however, the MVPS has started a multi-year effort to migrate to the cloud using cloud native technologies.
- Requirements gathering and interpretation from scientific and research users
- Public health data standards and international messaging formats (SNOMED, LOINC, HL7, FHIR, etc.)
- Database design and architecture
- Data analysis and reporting
- Public health data exchange tools and processes
- Data quality validation and clean up
- Cloud technologies and project management
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Indira Srinivasan (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 30, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.CSELS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.