The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as an Epidemiologist 3. This position will help to support our Environmental Health Section's Food Protection Program, and will report to the Epidemiologist 4. The individual in this role will ensure a competent and trained local public health workforce. See below for additional information on this great opportunity!
POSITION HIGHLIGHTS: Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Work Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week Work Shift: First Shift, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT There may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and working remotely in accordance with State policies.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU: State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings Retirement healthcare offerings Professional growth and development opportunities As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs A healthy work/life balance! You'd be able to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING: Coordinating all elements of a foodborne outbreak investigation. Assisting in the coordination of the State’s response to multi-state outbreaks, including working with federal and state food safety agencies. Providing training and education to food inspectors. Leading the implementation of a reciprocal licensing process for itinerant food vendors Reviewing and potentially approving food related processes. Reviewing and potentially approving variances related to the adoption of the Model Food Code. Monitoring and responding to water supply interruptions at food establishments, illness alerts on a national database and food complaints. MORE ABOUT THE AGENCY AND FACILITIES: The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:
Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy Preventing disease, injury, and disability Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.
The Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch oversees, through a health equity lens, activities related to drinking water supply purity and adequacy, food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories. The Environmental Health Section focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well- being, and fosters healthy housing and safe communities.
The Food Protection Program, along with local health, is responsible for enforcement of the Connecticut Food Safety regulations §19a-36a - o, Conn Gen. Statute §19a-36h-1 to 7, and the FDA Food Code. Connecticut averages over 20 foodborne outbreaks per year. These investigations are staff intensive and require interviews, environmental assessments, collecting samples, evaluating data, proposing control measures, providing guidance, and producing reports.