Posted 29 Jan 2024, 6:00 pm

Sudors Senior Abstractor at CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has raised over $1.9 billion and launched more than 1,300 programs impacting a variety of health threats from chronic disease conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases like rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses, including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation managed hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 90 countries last year. Visit for more information.  

The CDC Foundation is working with CDC and state and local authorities to provide surge staff to support surveillance, prevention and response activities within the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program. Under this cooperative agreement, CDC Foundation will hire and place abstractors in OD2A jurisdictions who demonstrate a need for abstraction support to implement OD2A objectives. States are required to submit comprehensive fatal overdose data to CDC twice a year, with data submission timelines varying depending on Tier. For fatal overdoses, states are required to enter abstracted death certificate and coroner and medical examiner reports on unintentional and undetermined intent overdose deaths into the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) which leverages the web-based platform used for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The abstractor will work closely with epidemiologists on identifying drug overdose deaths that meet the SUDORS case definition, contacting specific coroner and medical examiner offices to request reports, and abstracting appropriate information from the reports into the SUDORS database.


Job Highlights
  • Position Title: SUDORS Senior Abstractor
  • Location: This position is hybrid (Region 2)
  • Position End Date: 6/30/2024
  • Salary: $68,000, plus benefits

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Statistics or a related field; OR an Associate's degree in a related field and two years of experience in data quality control, data quality improvement and data collection; OR a high school diploma and four years of experience in data quality control, data quality improvement and data collection. Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Highly motivated and organized with the ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with ability to be efficient and consistently deliver high-quality work under time constraints
  • Proficiency or working knowledge in at least one statistical analysis software program (preferably SAS) is preferred but not required
  • Proficiency in navigating computer systems; ability to learn new data systems quickly and to comply with data integrity and security to safeguard all personal identifiable information
  • Emotional resilience to deal with potentially triggering data on a daily basis
  • Experience working in a virtual environment with remote partners and teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams and Zoom

  • Manage submissions and workflow for the NYS Drug Overdose Report Submission Reimbursement Program, supported under the OD2A-S CDC grant.
  • Create and maintain working relationships with vital records and medical examiner/coroner offices, forensic centers, and law enforcement.
  • Abstract data from death certificates and coroner and medical examiner reports, including postmortem toxicology findings, into SUDORS. Data shall be abstracted into online databases in a timely manner using established protocols
  • Work with the drug overdose surveillance teams to refine their fatal drug overdose data processing and ensure coordination in drug overdose data efforts
  • Conduct SUDORS data quality assurance activities including developing a system to monitor the status of enhanced toxicology testing.
  • Conduct manual reviews of narrative fields within SUDORS as needed
  • Assist in the completion of SUDORS closeout reports (e.g., case validation and quality control reports)
  • Attend SUDORS workgroup meetings
  • Potentially contribute to SUDORS-related manuscripts, surveillance reports, and/or data briefs, depending on interest and skillset.
  • Maintain working knowledge of all coding guidance and database changes.
  • Follow data security and confidentiality procedures and protocols
  • Travel to provide on-site data abstraction, as needed
  • If position requires local travel, employee must pass pre-hire and annual motor records check and carry minimum auto liability coverage.

Special Notes
  • This role is involved in a dynamic public health program. As such, roles and responsibilities are subject to change as situations evolve. Roles and responsibilities listed above may be expanded upon or updated to match priorities and needs, once written approval is received by both the CDC Foundation and New York State Department of Health in order to best support the state of New York in their public health programming.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.


Relocation expenses are not included.

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