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Disease Intervention Specialist - Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11665
Posted: August 7, 2017
Description:

Definition: Under the direction of the Communicable Disease (CD) Program Supervisor, CD Manager, or designee, incumbent will be responsible for investigating reported, suspected and potential cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV, counseling, testing and referral (CTR) for identified populations as well as case follow up and partner contact investigations, analyzing case information, and documenting investigations in required databases. Incumbent will interview clients with or potentially exposed to communicable diseases, including HIV and STDs; collaborate with internal, other local health jurisdiction and state STD/HIV staff to coordinate case investigations. Interviews may be conducted by phone or in-person in the office setting or by field visit. Incumbent will collaborate with community healthcare providers to provide consultation and education regarding STD/HIV testing, disease protocols, and reporting. Work is performed under limited supervision requiring independent judgment and discretion. The manager sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent and supervisor, in consultation with the WA State Department of Health field representative, work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications. Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, timeliness and efficiency, partner indexes and limited negative outcomes.

Examples of Work Performed:  Interviews clients diagnosed with or potentially exposed to communicable diseases, including HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  Provides confidential counseling, testing, and referral services for named contacts of STD and HIV infected persons upon referral from private physicians, hospitals, local health jurisdictions and other sources.  Draws blood for serological testing or collects other appropriate specimens when indicated.  Interprets laboratory results for standard STD tests, and recognizes recommended treatments for a variety of STDs. Position Description: Disease Intervention Specialist/Educator Page 2 of 4  Completes case reports, epidemiologic report forms and other required reporting.  Performs education to individuals and populations at risk for sexually transmittable diseases.  Offers comprehensive counseling to persons with newly identified HIV infection.  Collaborates with Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve targeted HIV testing.  Collaborates with community partners to increase the availability, accessibility, and utilization of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to high-risk individuals; refers high-risk individuals to providers for PrEP.  Works closely with private physicians and other healthcare providers to help assure appropriate care and management of patients infected with STDs, including HIV; obtains STD-related medical history as appropriate and assists with obtaining appropriate tests and treatment for patients when needed.  Maintains STD/HIV surveillance system for reportable STDs, including laboratory screening.  Initiates re-engagement in care services with individuals living with HIV infection who are identified locally or by WA State DOH as out of care.  Tracks and documents in a DOH-approved data system the outcome of referrals.  Performs Court ordered testing for adjudicated juveniles and adult offenders as per procedures in WA State law and rules.  Performs substantial and Good Samaritan exposure consultation and referrals.  Investigates reports of behaviors presenting imminent danger to the public  Supports other CD Division staff with investigation work when surge capacity is needed.  Assists with development of policies and procedures on individual patient management, diagnosis and treatment guidelines, laboratory procedures, counseling techniques, public health statutes, and rules/regulations on reporting STD infections.  Keeps current with local, state, national and international disease trends and outbreaks.  Acts as a consultant to other SHD staff on HIV or sexually transmitted diseases.  Participates in local or state public health meetings or other local partner meetings as appropriate.  Performs field visits to locate and interview clients

Skills/Eligibility:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor Degree in a health related field such as biology, microbiology, chemistry, counseling, psychology, behavioral science, public health, social science, health education or nursing. One year experience working in STD or HIV program or other closely related program. Phlebotomist Certification or ability to successfully complete alternative on venipuncture training on the job within six months will be substituted for a valid nursing license to perform venipuncture in Washington State.

How to Apply:

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must submit the following 3 documents via email, fax or mail (incomplete applications or those missing required documents may not be considered)  Fully completed SHD application  Resume  Cover Letter stating how your qualifications and experience meets the requirements to fulfill the position  Supplemental Questionnaire (http://www.snohd.org/Portals/0/Snohd/About/DIS%20Supplemental%20Questionnaire.pdf)

Mail: Human Resources Snohomish Health District 3020 Rucker Ave., Suite 306 Everett, WA 98201-3900 Email: HRQuestions@snohd.org OR Fax: (425) 339-8702

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