The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) COVID 19 Containment Division (CCD) is responding to the public health emergency of COVID-19 in Philadelphia. During the period of active COVID-19 transmission, PDPH is working continuously to detect new cases of COVID-19, identify sources of transmission, control spread and protect vulnerable populations. The primary approaches to achieve and maintain disease control include containment strategies (case investigation, contact tracing, social distancing), widespread testing, and protection of vulnerable populations. Throughout periods of containment, and eventual suppression and recovery, these approaches seek to maintain declining transmission levels, and effectively manage outbreaks to prevent widespread transmission from occurring. A large component of this effort is case investigation, which involves reaching out to confirmed COVID-19 cases to gather information and collect information on others that may have been exposed.
The Disease Control Investigator will conduct investigations and contact tracing for high-risk COVID-19 cases. This position will investigate case reports to understand the severity of the illness and determine its classification. This will involve reaching out to contacts of cases, following up regularly with both contacts and the index case to ensure they are implementing best public health practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will require documentation and data management to stay organized as multiple investigations will be conducted simultaneously. This position will support emergency COVID response with outbreak response, education initiatives and courier services as required.
This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one (1) year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Obtain and document case investigation details including clinical presentation, laboratory results, underlying conditions, exposure sources, risk factors and the potential for transmission for each suspected case
· Identify close contacts including household members, co-workers and others who might have been exposed to the disease
· Provide guidance on COVID-19 control measures to cases, exposed contacts and points-of-contact. This may include situations requiring the exclusion of individuals from work, daycare or specific activities within a group setting
· Coordinate submission of clinical specimens and supporting documentation for confirmatory and supplemental testing at public health laboratories
· When needed, support the transport of clinical specimens for testing at public health laboratories from hospitals and healthcare providers’ offices to PDPH. Assist with packaging specimens for shipment to CDC and other public health laboratories
· Participate in outbreak investigation in high-risk settings such as long-term care facilities and congregant living sites
· Participate in regular ACD Program meetings and training's such as weekly case reviews, communicable disease manual training and others as deemed necessary
· Excellent communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail
· Ability to interact appropriately and effectively with a wide range of persons
· Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar and public speaking
· Computer skills are necessary and should include the ability to access and navigate various databases and software programs following training
· Valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel
The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice._
Education and Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health or biologic/social science along with demonstrated interest in public health and/or epidemiology and previous experience with community engagement
· Experience conducting telephone-based or in-person interviews and Spanish language fluency are advantageous
Equal Opportunity Employment:
PMHCC, Inc. is committed to equal opportunity. It is our policy to support equal employment for all employees and applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual preferences, age, national origin, disability, behavioral health status, military status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
Employees as well as applicants who are currently, or become disabled, must be able to perform the functions of the job with either reasonable accommodation or unaided. PMHCC, Inc. will examine reasonable accommodations on a case by case basis in accordance with the law.
Job Type: Full-time
- Dental Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Account
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Referral Program
- Retirement Plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Vision Insurance
- previously work or worked at PMHCC: 1 year (Preferred)
- conducting telephone-based or in-person interviews: 1 year (Required)
- ability to access & navigate databases & software programs: 1 year (Required)
- ability to ability to manage multiple projects: 1 year (Required)