Public Health Job Opportunities

DHHS Safety/Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

Under administrative direction, this position will manage Central Operations safety, security, and continuity planning efforts.
You will:
• Plan, organize, coordinate, and administer the safety/emergency preparedness and response plans in programs, coordinating with the Incident Command – Emergency Preparedness Unit
• Establish policies and procedures to comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulatory agency requirements
• Ensure each DHHS building has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), conducts annual fire/severe weather drills, and provide on-site training when needed
• Knowledge of safety requirements within office & healthcare program buildings as it relates to emergency/disaster planning
• Establish safety committees at each DHHS office location, which allows an opportunity for staff to address a variety of issues, which can be significant in nature
• Conduct safety assessments as required by regulatory agencies (IRS, CMS, JCAHO, etc)
• Serve as the DHHS Operations liaison with the Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies (as assigned) to develop and implement operational plans for responding to external or internal emergency situations
• Oversee building security for all DHHS building to include management of the badge access control systems, security consultation, working with Nebraska State Patrol, and conducting formalized training on safety technology to allow for troubleshooting of access control systems
• Up to date with security technology (card access control systems, cameras, etc)
• Coordinates the collection and compilation of administrative data related to the program; and performs related work as assigned.
• Resolves problems that impair the effectiveness of the program and maintains regular communication with Unit Administrator regarding expenditures, issues, and solutions.
• Oversees Develops templates, protocols, policies, and procedures related to public health emergencies.
• Be responsible for development and maintenance of Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) for DHHS Operations
• Potential for travel or overnight stays around 5% of total time. Qualifications / Requirements

CDC PHAP Program: Application open

The 2021 application period for PHAP candidates is now open through 11:59 pm (ET), January 29. 

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories, and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings.

Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations.

View more information and apply here.

Disease Investigator

Are you looking for a way to help crush the curve in Nebraska?DHHS is seeking candidates to fight COVID as a Disease Investigator through our Public Health Division. The Disease Investigator will be responsible for contacting Nebraskans confirmed with COVID-19 infection to provide education regarding the recommendation to self-isolate, assess their ability to safely comply with the recommended control measures, and to elicit information on close contacts who need to be notified of their exposure.

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