Duties and Responsibilities:
This position functions as the manager of the Respiratory Disease Unit within the Bureau of Epidemiology. The duties of this position support mission critical disease surveillance functions and response to high priority disease events including respiratory and vaccine preventable diseases.
This highly responsible position interfaces with Bureau staff across programs, agencies, and at the county health department and state-level to ensure uniformity and compatibility of epidemiologic health data. Daily supervision of this position will be performed by the surveillance section manager within the Bureau of Epidemiology.
Responsible for Florida’s Respiratory Disease Surveillance Unit including designing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating traditional and innovative surveillance systems for morbidity and mortality due to respiratory, vaccine preventable diseases, immunizations, and disease surveillance issues associated with migrant and refugee health.
Establishes short term and long-range objectives for the Unit, development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to assure the completion of those objectives.
Ensures program objectives align with federal grant deliverables which support positions and services within the Unit.
Responsible for the supervision of staff including appraisals, planning and directing their work, approving leave, and having the authority for hiring and taking disciplinary action or effectively recommending such actions. Management of this Unit will include multiple master’s level epidemiologists and as well contract staff as necessary and per grant requirements.
Directs and conducts analytic projects, evaluation of program effectiveness, and return on investment to evaluate disease control strategies as well as identify further areas of need. Directs and produces written reports and oral presentations summarizing and interpreting findings and identification of action items.
Oversees and conducts statistical analyses of surveillance data captured in ESSENCE- FL, the web-based electronic communicable disease surveillance reporting system (Merlin), as well as other surveillance systems to characterize transmission patterns, identify risk factors and accurately assess the burden of disease including producing annual morbidity reports and regular surveillance summaries.
Reviews surveillance data on daily, weekly, monthly and annual cycles and provides written interpretation of epidemiologic data and summaries of data and trends. This involves designing and distributing surveillance reports and posting to the surveillance website as well as writing a regular article in Florida’s epidemiology publication (EpiUpdate).
Identifies, develops and implements current and new surveillance strategies and programs including strategies to enhance or improve the design and operation of existing communicable disease surveillance and response systems including utilization of electronic laboratory reporting.
Conducts respiratory disease surveillance systems and strategies evaluations.
Leads surveillance system project activities to ensure the system adequately captures risk factor information well as work with the developers to make any necessary system modifications.
Prepares and authors grant proposals and cooperative agreements and serves as lead epidemiologist for completion of grant requirements, reports and milestones including but not limited to the OISE and ELC grants.
Prepares and ensures on-time submission of grant progress reports, technical reports, surveillance summaries and scientific papers and performs related work as required. Leads the production of scientific reports including those for publication. Leads abstract submission and preparation of presentations for state and national meetings.
Represents Bureau at national and statewide professional conferences. Represents Bureau at departmental meetings. Attends bureau meetings and gives presentations regarding status of projects/activities.
Collaborates with a variety of professional organizations; associations; universities; institutions; schools of nursing, medicine and public health; the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other related interests to further advance the epidemiologic activities of the Bureau of Epidemiology.
Serves as a liaison with the Bureau of Laboratories, Immunizations Program, and Refugee Health Program to ensure effective surveillance program coordination and operation.
Provides epidemiological consultation to county health departments and other partners regarding surveillance and reporting and interpretation of laws, rules and statutes related to epidemiology and public health preparedness. Provides assistance and staff direction during outbreak investigations, and interpreting laws, rules and statutes related to communicable disease surveillance and reporting. Collaborates with the Infectious Disease Prevention and Investigations Section and during outbreak investigations ensures surveillance coordination.
Updates surveillance case definitions and reviews the electronic disease reporting system to ensure effective disease reporting and accurate capture of data.
Oversees regular assessments of the respiratory diseases website, works with the website manager to keep documents accurate and current.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned.
On-Call Assignment – This position has been approved in accordance with Section 110.209, Florida Statutes, Chapter 60L-32, Florida Administrative Code, and Collective Bargaining Agreements with the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Florida Council 79. The approved On-Call form has been forwarded to the servicing human resource office. Is available for indeterminate periods, as needed, for disaster response.