Full Job Description
Under the daily supervision of the Epidemiologist Supervisor, position conducts operational activities in epidemiology and public health preparedness. Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious disease. Enters epidemiologic data into statewide Disease Surveillance database. Prepares reports and disseminates findings. Consults with local health departments and health care providers regarding disease reporting and surveillance, reporting laws, and prevention and control measures. Assists in the development, implementation and presentation of training targeted at improving reporting and surveillance systems at the regional and local level. Participates in the exercise of all-hazard regional plans related to preparedness, bioterrorism response, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats. Develops and maintains technical reports, spreadsheets, databases and educational material to educate the public and regional stakeholders on preparedness and infectious disease initiatives. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 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.
(50%) EPIDEMIOLOGY AND SURVEILLANCE: Conducts outreach and dissemination of reportable disease information within PHR 9/10. Collects and analyzes epidemiologic data to detect trends, outbreaks, unusual occurrences, and other possible adverse public health events related to infectious diseases. Conducts epidemiologic investigations. Receives and responds to disease reports. Completes case investigations to include conducting patient interviews and review of medical and laboratory records from hospitals and physicians. Investigates and files communicable disease surveillance reports, and monitors and improves surveillance procedures. Develops reports and graphs of surveillance and investigation data using Power Point, Excel, Access and National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Disseminate epidemiology reports and newsletters to internal and external partners. Provides technical guidance to stakeholders during field deployments.
(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 and others involved in public or private healthcare. Provides accurate, timely and relevant technical information to stakeholders 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 diseases. Assembles appropriate epidemiological and laboratory resources to address disease outbreak investigations or surveillance projects.
(10%) PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: Participates as a member of the Epidemiology Response Program 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, exercises and the implementation of preparedness and response activities. Supports regional stakeholders by assisting in the investigation, analysis, and general response to issues related to communicable diseases. Maintains the regional contact database. 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.
(10%) TRAINING AND EDUCATION: Develops and delivers training programs or presentations targeting the improvement of reporting and surveillance of notifiable conditions. Supports programmatic efforts to improve reporting and awareness through the preparation of epidemiological information, fact sheets and brochures regarding notifiable conditions and bioterrorism response. Prepares regional newsletters for dissemination to stakeholders. Develops oral/written presentations regarding epidemiology, disease reporting and surveillance and public health preparedness. Assist with preparedness activities that involve developing and training clinicians, local community leaders and the general public.
(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. Participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or locations. Adhere to HHSC work rules and attendance policy. Must comply with the DSHS immunization policy.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of principles of epidemiology
Knowledge of transmission of infectious disease
Knowledge of data management and statistical methods
Knowledge of strategic planning
Knowledge of principles of adult education and training
Knowledge of medical terminology
Knowledge of public health preparedness, epidemiology, disease control concepts/methods, and bioterrorism response
Skill in statistical analysis
Skill in gathering and analyzing technical reports
Skill in working with diverse groups of people
Skill in public speaking
Skill in using databases and spreadsheets software
Skill in using software to prepare fact sheets, brochures, newsletters and other communication materials
Skill in using statistical software
Skill in designing and conducting needs assessments
Ability to communicate effectively by verbal and written communications
Ability to plan the collection, preparation and distribution of information for publication
Ability to prioritize, plan, implement and evaluate training projects
Ability to communicate accurately and concisely, verbally and in writing
Ability to work independently, exercising sound judgement
Ability to prepare technical reports and spreadsheets
Ability to foster partnerships with individuals and group on a national, state, regional and local basis
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Initial Selection 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.
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.
MOS Code: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.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
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.