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Job Title: Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist
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Organization: Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 5/24/2019
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia ,  PA    USA
Position Description: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Healthcare-Associated Infection/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program oversees public health surveillance and response to infections associated with the healthcare setting, including infections with multidrug-resistant organisms; transmitted in a healthcare setting; or associated with contaminated medications, healthcare procedures, and devices. The HAI/AR Program also conducts educational activities to prevent and control the emergence of healthcare- associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. The HAI/AR Program seeks a qualified individual to serve as an Epidemiologist to enhance PDPH’s HAI/AR surveillance through use of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); analyze drug-resistant organism surveillance data to define local epidemiology and target public health interventions; perform network analysis to identify interconnected healthcare facilities; analyze antibiotic prescribing data; assist in the evaluation of program initiatives; ; and participate in core HAI/AR outreach, surveillance, and response activities as part of a multidisciplinary program. *RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is grant-funded and may require occasional availability after- hours. Duties may include but are not limited to: • Analyzing data from NHSN, local drug-resistant organism surveillance database, and other sources to inform, target, and evaluate public health interventions. • Evaluating the effectiveness of infection prevention interventions as pilot programs to decrease rates of MDROs like CRE, MRSA and C. difficile in targeted healthcare settings. • Conducting network analysis to identify healthcare facilities that frequently share patients for targeted and coordinated infection prevention and control outreach • Analyzing antibiotic prescribing data to inform targeted antibiotic stewardship efforts • Participating in the planning and development of a city-wide MDRO patient registry • Participating in HAI/AR outbreak investigations in Philadelphia • Participating in infection control assessments in healthcare facilities and other ongoing programmatic activities • Participating in the Philadelphia HAI/AR Collaborative meetings, in partnership with facilities and key collaborators. • Collaborating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and partners to improve HAI/AR surveillance and response. • Participating in PDPH, PA DOH, CDC, and partner organization HAI/AR conference calls, meetings and seminars. • Disseminating results of investigations through reports, presentations, and publications. • Mentoring rotating fellows and students as appropriate.

Qualifications: *SKILLS: • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Able to work independently and in teams to establish and convene meetings, prepare summary reports and present findings. • Research experience preferred, including publishing or presenting scientific manuscripts and reports. • Able to conduct basic epidemiologic analyses using statistical software (e.g. SAS, STATA, R). • Experience with NHSN preferred.

*EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 2 years of recent work experience public health or related fields; or relevant training program (e.g., CSTE Fellowship; EIS).

*EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Master’s in Public Health, Epidemiology, or related field. Preferred: Training fellowship (e.g. CSTE fellowship) or relevant public health experience

Organization Description: The City of Philadelphia is the fifth most populated city in the United States (1.58 million people, 6 million in the greater metropolitan statistical area), the biggest economic center in Pennsylvania, and second largest in the eastern United States (second to New York City, located 90 miles away). The city’s population is very diverse both ethnically and socially with extensive global and domestic travel through interstate highways, major railway systems and an international airport that houses a CDC Division of Global Migration Quarantine Station. Travel associated illness (Zika, dengue, malaria), vaccine preventable diseases (mumps, meningococcus, hepatitis A), vector-borne diseases (West Nile, Lyme, rabies), enteric diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and waterborne diseases like legionellosis all occur with some frequency in Philadelphia. The city also has responded to importation of rare but potentially catastrophic diseases (ebola, MERS CoV, anthrax) when suspected and reported. In addition to its many ethnic communities, the city also is home to numerous academic liberal arts, technical, and health and research institutions that attract a large population of international students thus adding a large volume of international travel. The City has several regional and international specialty healthcare institutions (Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – all Ebola treatment centers), and reports large numbers of antimicrobial resistant organisms some with plasmid- mediated resistance mechanisms imported from other parts of the world. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is both the municipal and county public health agency for the City of Philadelphia. PDPH’s mission is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable. The Health Commissioner oversees the Department and also chairs the Board of Health. PDPH employs over 1,200 staff across the following divisions: • AIDS Activities Coordinating Office • Air Management Services • Ambulatory Health Services (operates 8 City health centers) • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion • Disease Control • Environmental Health • Health Commissioner’s Office • Human Resources • Information Technology and Services • Maternal, Child, and Family Health • Medical Examiner’s Office • Office of Facilities Management • Public Health Laboratory

Closing Date: 8/24/2019
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Contact Name: Tiina Peritz,  Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist
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Philadelphia   PA  
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