University of Washington School of Public Health
Disease Research and Intervention Specialist - Public Health - Seattle & King County
Closing Date: February 20, 2018
Posted: February 6, 2018
This is a term-limited temporary position. The position works in close collaboration with other members of the disease investigation team including epidemiologists, Public Health Nurses (PHN), and Disease Research and Intervention Specialists (DRIS). Major areas of responsibility for this position include: performing case and outbreak investigations for the Section including but not limited to notifiable enteric diseases, foodborne illness complaints, potential exposures to rabies, and vaccine-preventable diseases. The DRIS will also assist with monitoring notifiable disease and case investigation data quality and with compiling summary information for investigations. This position reports to the CD EPI Lead Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization (CD/IMMS) section of the Prevention Division. The CD/IMMS DRIS job duties are performed primarily in an office setting by telephone and email but there are limited situations where field work for case and outbreak investigations, including in-person interviews, are required.
The DRIS should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent service to people from a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan. The position supports and advances Public Health values for fair and culturally competent service delivery, innovative, effective and efficient application of resources, building a culture of performance and expanding opportunities to seek input, listen and respond to community members.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Conduct notifiable disease surveillance and investigations, including implementation of disease control measures.
- Assist with monitoring the quality of the notifiable disease surveillance data and ensuring completeness and quality of data.
- Perform surveillance activities appropriate to the specific diseases for which position is responsible.
- Assist with documentation and communication on case and outbreak investigations in oral and written formats for internal and external partners, including summaries of case and outbreak investigations, drafting postings for the website, and other materials as needed.
- Provide epidemiologic data, information, and technical assistance about notifiable disease surveillance and prevention and control measures to the public, health care providers, and to other Section and Departmental programs.
- Conduct work, interviews and investigations in a culturally competent manner. Seek out interpreter services and collaborate with community partners as needed.
- Participate in Section’s response during outbreaks and emergencies; assist with after-hours disease investigation and response activities as assigned and approved by the supervisor.