Pay Grade: 15
Wage: Pay Range $22.21 – $27.77
Title: Disease Intervention Specialist
Non Exempt full time 1.0 FTE – Two year grant funded position through October 2022
P UBLIC HEALTH RESPONSIBILITIES:
- The Disease Intervention Specialist is responsible for interviewing cases, contacts and others in the community concerning personal behaviors and activities which contribute to disease transmission; to make collateral contacts to obtain pertinent information concerning other individuals who may have been exposed or infected; to ensure compliance with established State and federal laws and regulations related to disease control and prevention.
- Act as patient advocate; educate clients regarding medical and social services available and intervene on their behalf for access to services or resolution of conflict.
- Conduct case investigations on infected patients; documents case histories and possible infection sources.
- Conduct timely vaccine clinics for community members and local businesses during appropriate time of year.
- Assist with Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant immunization requirements.
- Answer disease related questions.
- Keep current with local, national and international disease trends and outbreaks.
- Produce contact reports and tracing records.
I. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
· This position requires a strict understanding of patient confidentiality, including the ability to conduct interviews without violating confidentiality.
· Understanding of medical terms and principles of exposure infection, infectious period, potentially infectious interactions, symptoms of disease; pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infection.
· Assist with obtaining current information pertaining to the symptoms, modes of transmission, control, treatment, and effects of the communicable/chronic disease assigned.
· Understanding of CDC protocols for investigation and intervention with patients who have positive results for a communicable disease.
· Knowledge of Modern practices and principles of medical disease counseling.
· Principles and procedures of record keeping; medical documentation; business writing.
· Universal (Standard) precautions and infection control practices.
· This position requires excellent and sensitive interpersonal, cultural sensitivity, and interviewing skills so that trust can be built and maintained with patients and contacts.
· Understanding of when to refer individuals or situations to medical, social or supervisory resources.
· Maintain active surveillance of communicable diseases through Park County.
· Assist with enforcement of quarantine as needed, with guidance provided by Health Officer and Board of Health.
· Work in conjunction with Park County DES on countywide emergency protocols.
· Ability to interact with the public calmly and effectively.
· Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills.
· Ability to work with a high level of detail in a fast paced environment.
Degree (minimum Associates) in Nursing or degree in Public Health, or degree in other related field. Experience working in the public health field with 3-5 years is preferred. Experience working with the general public and people of varying backgrounds is needed.
Valid Driver’s license.