Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Health Program Assistant 1 (35 Hour)

Recruitment #180809-4404HC-001


Within the Department of Public Health, Newborn Screening Program, this Health Program Assistant 1 position will play a key role in the addition of statistical quality indicators (QI) that can benefit the approximately 37,200 infants born in Connecticut annually. This position would enhance the overall receipt, login, tracking and reporting processes as well as the other QI that can improve the timeliness and accuracy with which the overall NBS process is carried out.   The position would also carry out the following tasks: assist with maintenance of and data entry in the NBS Follow Up/Tracking database and other associated databases; assist with development of various forms of written communication; assist with compiling data related to program and national QI indicators; assure specimen and patient information match in both Horizon and NBS Follow Up/Tracking databases; assist with running Horizon and NBST database daily reports and workflows; prepare outstanding case reports for treatment centers.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Deb Lyons at or (860) 509-7180.


In a state health program or project this class is accountable for assisting in the compilation and interpretation of fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, development and implementation of program plans, grant management and monitoring.


Subject duties vary considerably depending on nature of program and current stage in its life cycle; typical examples of duties performed at this level include: assists in preparation of sections of state health plans; gathers fiscal, programmatic, census or other kinds of needed data from federal, state and other sources; compiles statistics and may do some less complex calculations and interpretations; assists in reviews of program grant requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; assists in preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; may serve a task force or committee; may answer general informational questions for the public and prepare information for distribution; may serve as a liaison between program or project and specific people or organizations for purpose of keeping information flowing; may assist in epidemiologic investigations; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in health field; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.


Five (5) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization. A health organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for administering health programs.


1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public health, health education, hospital administration or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Services Worker and a Bachelor's degree or three (3) years as a Health Services Worker may be substituted for the General Experience.


Experience working and communicating with hospital and other health care providers in the community (specialists, physicians, nurses, medical assistants, office staff)

Experience with customer service with a demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and possessing strong verbal and written communication skills

Experience and proficiency working with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and other electronic documentation systems and databases

Experience with problem solving with a strong attention to detail

Experience with Maternal/Child Health, Newborn Screening, Genetics and/or population health screening and knowledge of relevant disease processes and medical terminology


Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The Department of Public Health aims to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and advancement, fostering an environment committed to supporting individuals in all protected classes.  If you require an aid/accommodation to participate fully and fairly, please contact the Human Resources Office at (860) 509-7177.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.