The Antibiotic Stewardship Epidemiologist will provide education to healthcare facility staff and leadership on how to implement antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) at various levels of the healthcare continuum. This is a contracted position funded by the multi-year CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity cooperative agreement. This position will report to the Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiology Program Manager. The Antibiotic Stewardship Epidemiologist will develop educational materials, presentations, training programs, and workshops to assist outpatient facilities, long term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, critical access hospitals, and acute care facilities in implementing and evaluating the key components of an antibiotic stewardship program (ASP). The position will analyze data to determine gaps in knowledge of ASP in multiple types of healthcare facilities and target those that could benefit from ASP education and organize trainings to address needs with the help of a pharmacy subject matter expert. The position may be called upon to perform onsite assessments at healthcare facilities to assess infection control processes. This position will also assist with running the ASP subcommittee of the Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee and may be asked to assist with healthcare associated outbreaks and exposure and emergency response as needed.
The individual in this role will also assist in writing grants and summary reports, provide technical advice and assistance to local health departments, healthcare partners, and the public. This role requires reviewing and conducting literature reviews, data analyses, as well as developing and evaluating methods of training for health care providers and staff.
The individual in this role will participate in after-hours activities including partner meetings, conferences, and emergency response as needed.
–Working with the ASP subcommittee to implement ASP throughout the state
–Working with the infectious disease pharmacist to develop educational materials, programs, and presentations
–Using data from surveys or NHSN to target facilities
–Coordinating an educational conference with HAI staff and external stakeholders
–Coordinating educational booths at medical and healthcare conferences
–Providing evidence for policy decisions
–Presenting information to various stakeholders
–Writing grants and other funding proposals
–Participating in continuous quality improvement processes for the program and office
Requires knowledge of:
–The components of an antibiotic stewardship program at different levels of care
–The healthcare system at different levels of acuity
–Evaluating a program’s effectiveness
–The use of data or evidence for decision making
–Continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods in the public health
–Oral and written communication skills
–Interpersonal relations as applies to contacts with representatives of other governmental agencies, tribes, private organizations, physicians and the public