Public Health Field Services Representative 1 (PHFSR1) or Trainee - 22904

Health, Department of - Buffalo, NY

Active list: Active list candidate on the New York State Department of Civil Service’s Professional Career Opportunities (PCO) eligible list #26-240 with a score of 100.0 or higher OR qualified 55B/C candidate in possession of a Bachelor’s or higher degree.
Permanent transfer: Current NYS Department of Health (DOH) employee with permanent or contingent-permanent status as a PHFSR1, G18, Public Health Representative 2, G16 or Public Health Representative 3, G18 and eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law OR current NYS employee with one year or more of permanent or contingent-permanent competitive service in a title at or above G11 and eligible to transfer to PHFSR Trainee 1 under Section 70.4 of the Civil Service Law by having obtained a passing score on the NYS Department of Civil Service Professional Career Opportunities

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public health or epidemiology. Knowledge of immunization and vaccine preventable disease. Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills. Ability to work independently. Public health field experience, and experience working with county health officials and private health care providers.

Duties Description The PHFSR1/Trainee is part of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) site review team in the Western Regional Office New York Region. The incumbent will educate and assist local public health staff, immunization providers and the general public in the area of immunization and vaccine preventable diseases. Specific tasks include: Perform on-site assessments and inspections of VFC provider clinics for VFC storage and handling practices; Enroll and provide training for new immunization providers in the VFC program; Review VFC provider vaccine administration practices and adherence to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Immunization schedule and general recommendations on vaccination practices; Provide education and technical assistance on vaccine-preventable diseases, immunizations, and vaccine storage and handling to VFC providers within assigned region; Review immunization records, either by manual chart review or data available in the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS), to determine provider immunization coverage levels; providing feedback to providers on missed opportunities and how to improve immunization rates; Provide technical assistance and training to local health department staff regarding methods to assess and improve immunization rates; Conduct contract monitoring activities (including review of work plans and quarterly reports) for Immunization Action Plan (IAP) contracts with local health departments; Conduct audits in schools to monitor compliance with immunization laws; Conduct site visits at birthing hospitals and perform other activities related to perinatal hepatitis B prevention.

Additional Comments Permanent, full-time competitive appointment. Routine travel, including occasional overnights and travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation, is required.