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Disease Intervention Specialist

Livingston, MT

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Description

Park County is seeking a Disease Intervention Specialist to join their Health Department team in Livingston, MT!

Submit Application to:
Email Lisa Harreld<humanresources@parkcounty.org>

Apply direct or by mail :
Attn: Lisa Harreld
414 East Callender Street
ATTN: Human Resources
Livingston, MT 59047
 


Pay Range: $22.21-$27.77/hour DOE

Full-time – Two year grant funded position through October 2022

 

I.        ASSIGNED DUTIES & TASKS:

 

Position overview:

This position is responsible to function as part of a disease investigation and intervention team; plan and participate in programs related to the control of various communicable diseases; to locate disease sources, identify at-risk groups to prevent, treat and thereby reduce the incidence and risk to citizens; to provide education to patients diagnosed positive for a communicable disease, and to provide information on disease etiology and the prevention of communicable diseases.

 

All duties below are essential functions unless otherwise indicated. Duties of the position are not all inclusive and subject to change.

 

PUBLIC 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.

II.      KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

KNOWLEDGE:

·         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.

 

SKILLS:

·         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.

 

Education Education and Experience

Must have a degree (minimum Associates) in Nursing. Experience working as a nurse with 3-5 years is preferred. Experience working with the general public and people of varying backgrounds is needed. Experience working in the public health field would be terrific!

Certification, Licenses, etc.

Montana State Board of Nursing License – Active; FEMA IS-700, ICS-100 online courses within 6 months of employment and ICS-s00, ICS-300 courses within one year of employment as mandated by the state.

Valid Driver’s license. 

III.        ACCOUNTABILITY

This position makes complex decisions regarding the public health team goals and objectives. Oversees the Health Department Director to ensure efficient and effective performance of the administrative and technical operations of the department ranging in skill level from clerical to professionals. Work in conformance with generally prescribed policies, plans and approved budgets. The Department is also frequently asked to undertake, manage and complete a variety of special projects. While work is sometimes covered by established guidelines and policy manuals, more frequently this position is expected to provide leadership and accountability in projects of first impression and tasks for which there are no well-defined precedents and that require a high level of independent judgment and integrity. 

 

 TO APPLY: 

Submit Application to:
Email Lisa Harreld<humanresources@parkcounty.org>

Apply direct or by mail :
Attn: Lisa Harreld
414 East Callender Street
ATTN: Human Resources
Livingston, MT 59047

 



 

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