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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.

This position is hybrid and located in Riverside, California.

Job Highlights:

  • Position Title: SUDORS Abstractor
  • Location: This position is hybrid and located in Riverside, California
  • Position End Date: 7/31/2022
  • Salary: $64,000 – $74,000 plus benefits.


  • A Bachelor’s or nursing degree or emergency medical technician/death investigation certificate is required; Master’s degree is preferred (preferably in nursing, public health, or a health-related field)
  • 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 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and within teams
  • Experience working in a virtual environment with remote partners and teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams and Zoom.


  • 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
  • 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.

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 California Department of Public Health in order to best support Los Angeles in their public health programming.

The CDC Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as follows: At least two weeks have passed since receipt of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of the either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccines.