Full Job Description
Under the direct supervision of the Epidemiology Supervisor, participates as a member of the Epidemiology Response Program in planning and implementation of regional CDC preparedness and epidemiological activities. Plans, develops and conducts epidemiologic investigations of individual cases and clusters of infectious disease. Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data in Public Health Region (PHR) 9/10 to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious disease. Provides training in surveillance, disease reporting, infectious disease, epidemiology and public health preparedness. Consults with local health departments and health care providers regarding disease reporting and surveillance, reporting laws, and prevention and control measures. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude and demand for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Travels within the state of Texas and PHR 9/10 (36 counties).
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
EJF1 (40%) EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SURVEILLANCE: Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious disease. Conducts epidemiologic case investigations and responds to disease outbreaks. Position will use databases, spreadsheets, and epidemiology statistical software to include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to track cases, generate maps and prepare reports and disseminate findings. Abstracts and reviews medical charts. Receives and responds via weekly triage duties to disease reports. Works with the Epidemiology Supervisor to develop procedures for handling and investigating notifiable conditions. Develops and implements plans and strategies to improve timeliness and completeness of reporting, reduce reporting barriers, raise awareness of reporting laws and regulations, and improve the standardization of collected data elements necessary to assess, measure, and improve reporting and surveillance.
EJF 2 (20%) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with a wide variety of epidemiology and surveillance partners including, but not limited to: local health departments, infection control staff, physicians, laboratories, school nurses, regional communicable disease staff, and others involved in public or private healthcare. Provides accurate, timely and relevant technical information to partners and the general public when requested. Maintains appropriate levels of confidentiality during all investigations. Works to identify and promote awareness and understanding of current issues of concern and trends related to communicable disease. Assembles appropriate epidemiological and laboratory resources to address disease outbreak investigations or surveillance projects.
EJF 3 (20%) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: Participates as a member of the Epidemiology Response Team (ERT) and may respond to an all-hazards event, large disease outbreak, or public health emergency in PHR 9/10 or elsewhere in Texas. Participates in regional all-hazards response planning and implementation of preparedness and response activities and exercises. Assists in the development of regional epidemiology workplans, progress reports, and assessments. Participates in the on-call rotation to assure 24/7 availability on holidays, weekends, and after normal business hours. Assist with inventory and storage of response equipment and supplies required to support public health response and field deployments. Position will travel within Region 9 & 10 to develop effective relationships and collaboration with stakeholders to promote public health preparedness and epidemiology responses activities.
EJF 4 (10%) TRAINING AND EDUCATION:
Develops and delivers training programs and presentations targeting the improvement of reporting and surveillance of notifiable conditions and public health preparedness initiatives. Supports programmatic efforts to improve reporting and awareness through the preparation of epidemiological articles, fact sheets, reports, and brochures. Develops oral/written presentations regarding epidemiology, disease reporting and surveillance and public health preparedness. Promotes preventative measures through community education of residents, city and county officials, and other partners. Uses databases, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and other electronic technology to present information.
EJF 5 (10%) OTHER DUTIES: Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Supports Regional Health and Medical Operations during public health emergencies. May respond to a public health emergency such as large disease outbreaks, or bioterrorism events anywhere in state. Safe operation of a state-owned, rental or personal vehicle is required to conduct state business and an acceptable driving record must be maintained in accordance with DSHS policy. Adhere to HHSC work rules and attendance policy. Must comply with the DSHS immunization policy.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and methods of epidemiology and the epidemiology of infectious disease.
Knowledge and understanding of state laws pertaining to disease reporting and the prevention and control of communicable disease.
Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology
Knowledge of bioterrorism preparedness and response.
Knowledge of data management and statistical methods
Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory test interpretation.
Knowledge of educational program development and implementation.
Skill in using statistical software packages and GIS (e.g., EpiInfo, SPSS, SAS,)
Skills in public speaking.
Skills in writing and editing executive level reports.
Skill in interpreting medical information from laboratory reports and medical records.
Skill in creating questionnaires and abstracting data from hospital/medical records.
Skill in communicating and informing the public about infectious disease issues.
Ability to interpret statistical analyses of epidemiologic and research data.
Ability to communicate effectively with others by oral and written communications.
Ability to work discreetly and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to analyze situations and determine course of action.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal/external customers.
Ability to work independently, exercising sound judgment.
Ability to travel on short notice.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Initial Selection Criteria:
Initial Screening Criteria: Advanced Degree from an accredited College or University in Infectious Disease, Epidemiology,Nursing or Public Health. Must be able to meet travel requirements (30% day and 20% night) and work hours other than Monday-Friday 8am-5pm during public health emergencies. Actively participates in the Regional 24/7/365 on call schedule. Must have a Valid driver’s license.
Additional Information: Ref # 429252 1. Initial pre screening by phone may be conducted.
2. Inbox examination to be conducted.
3. In person oral interview with interview panel.
4. Travel within the State of Texas and driving to the Regions 36 counties (30% day and 20% night).
5. May work alternate hours other than Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.
6. Actively participates in the Regional 24/7/365 on call schedule.
7. Valid Driver’s license required.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68S, 60C, 230X, 4EOX1 ,43MX, 43EX. 870. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.