Project Assistant - BIDS (Border Infectious Disease Surveillance)
Heluna Health
 San Diego, CA

Requisition Number: PROJE02683


The California Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) Program focuses on enhancing surveillance, laboratory testing, and reporting of urgent and routine infectious diseases in the US border region. BIDS is a collaboration between the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Binational Border Health (OBBH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and the Imperial County Public Health Department. The BIDS project assistant will work on a variety of BIDS projects, including but not limited to projects related to COVID-19, public health capacity building, cross-border collaboration and infectious disease surveillance. The position will be based at the Office of Binational Border Health in San Diego, CA.

Please provide a resume and three (3) professional references.

Remote to start until further notice, then will be based on-site at CDPH-OBBH in San Diego, CA.


Specific activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with data management and updating of databases,
  • Provide technical assistance in special projects on border health issues.
  • Assist with the development of new databases.
  • Assist staff with word processing needs: correspondence, reports, and presentations.
  • Assist with scientific literature reviews.
  • Responsible for organizing information repository.
  • Responsible for providing updates on tasks assigned.
  • Assist with a variety of infectious disease surveillance projects, including summarizing surveillance data.
  • Assist with on-site visits to sentinel sites.
  • Assist in collecting and analyzing data on specific health issues, 2) Assist with statistical analysis of surveillance data,.
  • Assist with summarizing results of surveillance projects, 4) Assist with preparation of materials for dissemination of project results.
  • Assist with coordination of meetings for special projects, including scheduling of meetings/focus groups.
  • Assist with creating PowerPoint presentations and ability to present for public health officials and professionals.
  • Assist with fiscal/budgetary tasks on as needed basis.


Preferred Education/Experience

  • Epidemiology, biostatistics or other public health related field.
  • Intermediate knowledge and use of SPSS, SAS and GIS (preferred).
  • Experience in collecting, managing, and analyzing public health data.
  • Knowledge of and skills in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.


  • A valid California driver’s license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • A Valid passport and ability to travel to/from Mexico, primarily Baja California

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Ability to maintain collaborative and professional working relationships with diverse partners and a strong sensitivity for diverse cultural practices and etiquette.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish, preferred.
  • Knowledge and use of Tableau or other data visualization tools, desired not required.


  • Stand Frequently
  • Walk Frequently
  • Sit Frequently
  • Handling/Fingering Occasionally
  • Reach Outward Occasionally
  • Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
  • Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
  • Lift/Carry Occasionally – Up to 50 lbs
  • Push/Pull Occasionally – Up to 50 lbs
  • See Constantly
  • Taste/Smell Not Applicable


Not Applicable Not required for essential functions

Occasionally (0-2 hrs/day)

Frequently (2-5 hrs/day)

Constantly (5+ hrs/day)


Indoors Temperature Controlled.


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.