Three Rivers Public Health Department is looking for a Public Health Disease Investigator to work remotely. This position provides additional capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be conducting investigations.
Essential Job Functions:
- Conduct investigation of reported suspected and confirmed cases of reportable communicable diseases and other physiologic diseases.
- Interview designated infected individuals by telephone, as an information gathering and follow-up measure to ensure the individual is aware of the condition and symptoms of the condition; and document activities for each interview.
- Identify and document “at risk” contacts of infected individuals to ensure they are aware of their potential exposure to the condition and the symptoms of the condition.
- Provide appropriate disease control recommendations and medical follow-up/treatment referrals to infected individuals and at-risk contacts. (Document activities).
- Educate affected individuals and exposed persons regarding risk factors and prevention measures.
- Collect necessary information to complete morbidity reports on reportable cases of communicable disease in a tactful and discreet manner ensuring adherence to federal, state, and local privacy and confidentiality regulations.
- Complete and file required federal, state, and county reports for each suspected and confirmed case; and update data pertaining to reported cases of communicable diseases.
- Within program-specified timeframe(s), record all required disease interview and investigation information, notes, and case reports into designated disease-specific electronic database(s) for later compilation and analysis.
- Collect and transport specimens for testing and epidemiological follow-up when necessary. Remain abreast of and correctly follow current specimen handling and collection requirements and procedures
- Provide current public health information regarding communicable diseases to health care providers, infected individuals, and the general public consistent with 3RPHD policies and in accordance with national public health recommendations.
- Remain aware of local, state, and national communicable disease statistics, trends, and statutes.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, supervisors, healthcare/community agencies, schools’ governmental officials, and the general public.
- Assist in the implementation of appropriate disease control activities during local disease outbreaks.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with advanced course work in public health, epidemiology, or biostatistics or equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.
- Experience in epidemiology, public health or a related area.
- Knowledge of methods of investigating disease cases, clusters, and outbreaks.
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