239276 Putting it all together: Assess, scope out, build, train, and manage Part 1

Sunday, October 30, 2011: 3:30 PM

Pamela Schwingl, PhD , Public Health Research, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., Durham, NC
Christie Barker-Cummings, DrPH , Public Health Research, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc, Durham, NC
Christina Makarushka, MPH , Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., Durham, NC
The purpose of this session is for students to apply the principles of the course to a feasible sample protocol with a limited budget. In Part 1, students will write a scope of work and consider the major risks to the project.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Write a scope of work. Identify risks in a study for the purpose of focusing attention and resources.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 30 years of experience working on all aspects of epidemiology and public health studies. I am an Adjunct Professor in the University of North Carolina School of Pubic Health Epidemiology Department, and serve as the senior epidemiologist at Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., and as Project Manager on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology Branch support services contract. Over the course of the past 11 years, I have managed over 100 work assignments related to epidemiologic field studies, and direct and teach 35 staff members in the nuts and bolts of conducting epidemiologic studies. I oversee all tasks on the contract including, assisting investigators in the design of studies; defining and locating study participants; obtaining appropriate approvals such as Human Subjects and OMB Clearances; designing procedures for obtaining informed consent; collecting in-person, mail, and telephone interview data; tracing subjects and maintaining computerized tracking and reporting systems; retrieving and abstracting medical record and death certificates, providing computer support for ongoing studies and analysis of data, maintaining an archive of EB study materials; preparing protocols and materials for the collection, shipment, and storage of biologic samples; tracking over 3 million biologic specimens for EB; maintaining a laboratory for processing, storage and shipment of biologic and environmental material; and coordinating specimen storage activities with the NIEHS Biorepository contractor. I have worked in and directed international studies in Africa and Asia; and I have led or contributed to more than 50 peer reviewed publications, lectures, and presentations made at professional research organizations including the Society for Epidemiologic Research, American Public Health Association, Congress of Epidemiology, Population Association of America, World Health Organization, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and others.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Social & Scientific Systems Epidemiology Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.