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Job Title: Arboviral Program Assistant
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Acute Communicable Disease Control
Posted: 1/19/2018
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia ,  PA    USA
Position Description: The position of the Arboviral Program Assistant is a temporary, grant-funded position and provides a great opportunity for a motivated young professional to gain work experience in a major urban health department. The position requires working in a multidisciplinary team with disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and laboratory technicians.

SPECIFIC DUTIES This position is a grant-funded position and may require availability after-hours. The person filling this position will participate in data management activities, disease investigations, coordination of testing, and executing educational outreach efforts specific to arboviruses (e.g., Zika virus, West Nile virus). The Program Assistant will also support ACD with routine disease investigations, courier services, and outbreak response as required. Anticipated duties are described below: • Support data management activities for Zika virus surveillance and special surveillance projects (US Zika Pregnancy Registry and Zika Birth Defects Surveillance) including entry of testing requests and laboratory results into the ACD web-based database (CDMS), entry of congenital Zika virus infection assessments, management of Zika-associated faxes, and executing data quality assessments prior to submission of datasets to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. • Process Zika testing requests and coordinate specimen submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health laboratory. • Transport clinical specimens for testing at public health laboratories from hospitals and healthcare providers’ offices to PDPH. Assist with packaging specimens for transport to public health laboratories. • Obtain complete clinical and exposure information for Zika testing requests and conduct arboviral case investigation interviews and assessments by telephone, in-person visit, or medical record review. • Schedule presentations and other activities with community associations as part of the PDPH “Fight the Bite” awareness campaign. • Schedule and assist with the organization and documentation of PDPH Zika response team and other internal meetings and trainings. • Generate routine reports for Zika and other arboviruses for distribution to internal and external partners.

Qualifications: The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health or biologic/social science along with demonstrated interest in public health and/or epidemiology and previous experience with community engagement. This position requires attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Computer skills are necessary and should include familiarity with Word, Excel, and Access or at least the ability to learn these software programs. The applicant should have strong communication skills and be able to interact appropriately and effectively with a wide range of persons. Experience conducting telephone-based interviews and Spanish language fluency are advantageous. The applicant will be expected to work independently and as part of a team. A valid driver’s license is required.

Organization Description: The position is within the Acute Communicable Disease (ACD) program of the Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). The ACD program is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases with the exception of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Closing Date: 4/19/2018
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Contact Name: Dana Perella,  Arboviral Program Assistant
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Philadelphia   PA  
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How to Apply: To apply for this position please send cover letter and resume or CV via email to Dana Perella, MPH, Acute Communicable Disease Program Manager, by February 9, 2018. Please name materials in the following convention: LastName_FirstName_Document (e.g. resume or cover letter). Include in the subject line Arboviral Program Assistant.

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