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Job Title: Specialist, Advanced Epidemiology - Public Health
Job Number: 20006870
Organization: Tarrant County Public Health Department
Posted: 12/28/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Epidemiology
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Fort Worth,  TX    USA
Compensation: $2,228.04 - $2,450.84 Biweekly
Position Description: Establishes and maintains systems for collecting, investigating, managing, and reporting measurable, understandable and outcome-based assessment of the community's health, specifically notifiable conditions. Facilitates regular contact via telephone and site visits with reporting sources that see cases of notifiable conditions. Works to improve the surveillance and guidance provided on notifiable conditions, conducts rapid investigations of reported and suspected cases, coordinates the collection of data, and prepares reports. The position also conducts investigation of other diseases of public health importance. Participates in a multidisciplinary team for rapid response and disease intervention. May be requested to assist with investigations in neighboring jurisdictions during major outbreaks or disaster. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 1.Develops and maintains liaisons with healthcare providers to ensure reporting and follow-up of cases. 2.Facilitates regular contact with communicable disease reporting sources such as hospitals and hospital-based physicians, physicians in non-hospital-based practices, private and public clinics, laboratories, shelters, daycare facilities, schools and related community based service organizations. 3.Advises all testing sites, including healthcare facilities, regarding regulatory compliance and importance of timely reporting per the Texas Administrative Code and the Texas Department of State Health Services reporting guidelines. 4.Conducts epidemiologic investigation of new cases.May plan and implement case- control studies during outbreak investigations. 5.Uses efficient electronic tracking system (e.g. the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, Epi Info, TriSano) for maintaining and analyzing County disease cases relating to hospital-acquired infections (HAI).Develops processes to promote quality and efficiency in reporting. 6.Develops and maintains an up-to-date tracking system of all non-electronic, case related information (e.g. telephone and standard mail transmissions). 7.Conducts quality assurance reviews of surveillance activities, hospitals, and physician offices. 8.Participates as directed in the department's emergency preparedness and response efforts that include epidemiology and infectious disease surveillance.Activities may include planning and conducting preparedness exercises and participating in Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). 9.Provides epidemiologic surge capacity to surrounding jurisdictions in the event of a major statewide or regional outbreak or disaster. 10.Participates with and sometimes leads task forces and ad hoc committees to carry out epidemiology and public health activities.May participate in department- wide committees as well as community-based initiatives (e.g. infection control collaboratives). 11.Submits completed case reports and required summary reports. 12.Prepares periodic reports and responds to requests for communicable disease data from healthcare professionals and community partners. 13.Participates in rotation of 24/7 call for communicable disease reports. 14.Performs all other related duties involved in the operation of the Public Health Department as assigned or required.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Epidemiology, Nursing, Public Health, Sociology, Humanities, Psychology, Science, or a related field and three (3) years of public health related experience. Master's degree in Public Health preferred with one (1) year of public health related experience. Previous experience in health related field with knowledge of disease investigation protocols, reporting procedures and data analysis desirable. Background in healthcare facility infection control is desirable. Ability to gather information and conduct online information searches is required. Must be able to write and prepare reports of investigations. Must have computer knowledge. Spanish language ability is highly preferred. Knowledge of M.S. Office and data management software required. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing. Must possess valid and current driver's license.

Organization Description: Tarrant County is an urban county located in the north central part of Texas. Fort Worth serves as the county seat to a county population of approximately 2.2 million citizens. Tarrant County is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Today much of the flavor and attitudes that are the history of Tarrant County live on. The frontier has changed, but not the pioneering spirit. Tarrant County is now home to a diverse spectrum of businesses and lifestyles. Cattle and agriculture, as well as aerospace companies and defense contractors, play a major role in the economic foundation of the County. Tarrant County's western heritage sits side by side with its internationally renowned Cultural District.

Closing Date: 3/28/2019
Desired Starting Date: 2/4/2019
Contact Name: Abigail Cheney,  Specialist, Advanced Epidemiology - Public Health
Contact Location: 1100 South Main Street

Fort Worth   TX  76104
United States
Contact Location: 1100 South Main Street
 
  Fort Worth   TX  76104
  United States
Contact Phone: 8173215377 
Contact Fax: 8173215331
Contact Email: ALCheney@tarrantcounty.com
Web Address:
How to Apply: For a vast majority of Tarrant County positions you may submit a complete job application on-line at www.tarrantcounty.com. If this is your first time using the on-line application, you will need to create an account and select a username and password. After creating your account, you will be able to login and build an application. This application will be saved so that you may use it to apply for multiple jobs if you desire. This is a secure site, and only authorized County employees have access to your information.

Additional Information: Contacts: Interacts with Healthcare Providers, Health Department Staff, Laboratories, Medical Records, Food Establishments, Schools and Child Care Facilities, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the General Public.

Web Site Delete Date: 3/28/2019