Disease Intervention Specialist

Dept of State Health Services - Temple, TX3.4

Full-time$2,900 - $3,800 a month
Under the supervision of the HIV/STD Program Manager and the guidance of the HIV/STD Team Lead, the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) conducts comprehensive HIV/STD prevention, intervention and surveillance activities in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Conducts HIV/STD interviews and investigations in accordance with DSHS DIS Performance Standards. Enters case related data into the program's management information system (STD*MIS). Accurately completes epidemiologic and non-epidemiologic case forms. Performs venipuncture in non-clinical settings. Serves as a consultant providing technical assistance and support to health care providers, local health departments, HSR-7 public health clinics and other organizations providing HIV/STD screening, diagnosis and treatment. Performs advanced administrative, consultative and advisory duties directing the coordination of resources. Completes and manages all assigned paperwork, written reports. Works under general supervision while exercising initiative and independent judgment. This position requires routine exposure to explicit sexual language and images. Performs other communicable disease duties as assigned. Maintains confidentiality and discretion at all times.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. (55%) Conducts interviews, re-interviews and cluster interviews of HIV/STD patients in accordance with DSHS DIS Performance Standards. Performs partner and cluster elicitation and notification to ensure all persons exposed to infections are informed, examined and treated. Enters data into the program's management information system (STD*MIS) in accordance with established standards. Accurately completes epidemiologic and non-epidemiologic case management forms appropriately. Identifies, pursues, collects and analyzes case information. Develops a case management plan for each case to enhance disease intervention outcomes. Documents case management activities and provides timely and thorough weekly updates. Performs active surveillance by routinely collaborating with public and private health care providers and laboratories ensuring disease reporting according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Provides technical support to providers, local health departments, HSR-7 public health clinics and other organizations providing HIV/STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment. (30%) Conducts field investigations in accordance with DSHS DIS Performance Standards. Conducts partner and cluster elicitation and notification. Consults with health care providers, local health departments, HSR-7 public health clinics and other organizations providing HIV/STD screening, diagnosis and treatment. Performs venipuncture in the field as outlined in the DIS Performance Standards. (10%) Conducts HIV/STD active surveillance activities. Conducts follow-up with health care providers, laboratories and health care agencies to identify cases, ensure timely treatment/diagnosis and reporting. Establish and maintain professional liaisons to support/encourage the required HIV/STD reporting. (5%) Other duties as assigned may include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency 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.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of medical terminology related to HIV/STD’s. Knowledge of HIV/STD’s including symptomology, diagnostic techniques, treatment guidelines, prevention methods and epidemiology. Knowledge of DSHS DIS Performance Standards Knowledge of HHS/DSHS policies and procedures. Skill in verbal and written communication. Skill in data entry and word processing software. Skill in developing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with other organizations, community partners and across cultural and socioeconomic lines. Skill in handling difficult situations and delivering difficult health information. Skill in organizing and managing multiples tasks and deadlines. Ability to gather, assemble, correlate and analyze facts. Ability to perform assigned duties with minimal supervision. Ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely. Ability to work with diverse populations and lifestyles without judgment. Ability to understand and interpret public health laws, rules, policies and regulations. Ability to perform (or be trained to perform) venipuncture. Ability to work effectively on a team and collaborate effectively with others. Ability to work within a team using tact, diplomacy and assertive communication. Ability to use available resources effectively to locate individuals named in investigations. Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field relevant to public health is preferred. Relevant experience and education may be substituted for one another. 2. Must possess a valid Class C Texas driver’s license or an equivalent license from another state.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Knowledge of HIV/STD’s. Experience with data entry and word processing software. Knowledge of HIPAA standards and confidentiality procedures. Must be willing to travel 80% of the work week; does not include overnight travel on a routine basis.

Additional Information:
1. Compliance with DSHS Immunization Policy is required: serologic evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Tdap, annual vaccination against influenza and hepatitis B if applicable. 2. DSHS is a tobacco free workplace. 3. Completion of a skills exercise is one component of the interview process. 4. The selected applicant who has not previously retired from state employment under the Employee Retirement System (ERS) will receive a minimum of 2.5% above the posted minimum salary. 5. I-9 documentation must be provided on the first day of employment. 6. Military occupation (s) relating to the initial screening criteria, registration and licensure requirements for this position may include: 68S, HM, 870, 4E0X1. For more information, see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at: http://hhscx.hhsc.state.tx.us/hr/veteran/docs/hhs-military-occupational-code-equivalents.xls 7. Employee must provide proof of current automobile insurance.

MOS Code:
68S, HM, 870, 4E0X1
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