Disease Intervention Specialist – HIV Prevention
Office of Public Health
Montgomery County Office of Public Health is seeking a dynamic public health professional to serve as a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS). This individual will be responsible for conducting disease surveillance and epidemiological investigations in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines to prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases and other health concerns by initiating appropriate public health action. The DIS will work as part of a team to investigate communicable and non-communicable disease reports and unusual events received by regular mail, email, fax, phone, and the web-based reporting system PA-NEDSS, Pennsylvania’s version of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Obtain required epidemiological information following receipt of disease reports within the appropriate timeframe by completing disease–specific case report forms, performing data entry for report to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review reported cases at regular intervals to identify disease trends and utilize various tracking mechanisms to identify clusters and/or outbreaks. Additional public health action and documentation will be required for disease outbreaks and unusual events.
- Investigate and conduct follow-up (including contact tracing, partner notification, etc.) for communicable and non-communicable diseases, mostly by phone although some face to face contact may be necessary. Follow standard operating procedures and supervisory guidance to identify public health need and develop public health action plan for exposed persons to prevent and/or reduce the spread of disease.
- Perform various skill sets including investigation, counseling and education. Investigation requires follow-up with the provider and the patient to obtain required disease surveillance data. Educate and counsel patients, family members, close contacts and partners on disease information, transmission, testing, and prevention methods. Refer patients and their contacts to seek follow-up treatment, case management and other social services, as needed.
- Receive primary disease area assignment in which you will strive to become a Subject Matter Expert in the position of HIV Prevention including PrEP, HIV Navigation and Data to Care; also develop skills in other disease areas to ensure communicable disease team can take proper action on any reportable disease or condition both during normal work hours and after hours through 24/7 on-call system.
- Communicate effectively with management team, other health department staff and public health partners as necessary. It is vital to provide courteous customer service and demonstrate confidence in disease knowledge in order to provide technical assistance to internal staff, healthcare providers, community partners, and the public. Flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to remain calm in a fast-paced environment are essential attributes.
- Demonstrate the ability to independently prioritize tasks for multiple concurrent projects, track the progress and status of tasks in detail, and provide status updates on short notice.
- Embrace program area by submitting content for web and social media development, updating program documentation, and suggesting innovative ideas for progressive workflow and an enhanced experience of those affected by our service.
- Attend divisional and departmental events to maintain connection with the community and ensure excellent customer service to the persons who live, work and play in Montgomery County.
- Participate in coordinated response activities during public health emergencies; also will complete other related duties as required by Department management
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, biological sciences, health education or related field. Two (2) years of relevant experience or Master’s degree is preferred.
- Must have excellent inter-personal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to recognize the audience and modify messaging as appropriate.
- Must be able to work, effectively and efficiently, with the public and with public health partners including hospitals, laboratories, childcare centers, schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement, township officials, etc.
- Duties require travel throughout the County; must have reliable means of transportation.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.