University of Washington School of Public Health
Newborn Screening Disorder Follow-up (HSC-2) - Washington Department of Health
Closing Date: March 18, 2018
Posted: March 6, 2018
As a member of the Newborn Screening Disorder Follow-up team, you will positively impact the lives of families throughout Washington State by identifying infants with treatable disorders. You will help assure the effectiveness of newborn screening by interpreting laboratory results, making specific recommendations to pediatric health care providers for appropriate follow-up of abnormal results, and providing assistance and support to hospitals and clinics regarding proper newborn screening procedures.
The Office of Newborn Screening (NBS) tests all infants born in Washington for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. Infants with these disorders usually appear healthy at birth and, without screening, the disorders are not likely to be detected and treated in time to prevent death or severe disability. Newborn screening is one of the most successful public health initiatives in the USA. Babies with these disorders can have serious health problems, but screening and early treatment can help our youngest Washingtonians grow up healthy! Learn more about NBS.
This is a permanent, full-time position within the Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics.
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
- We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
- We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
- We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.
- We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
- We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending on duties and work location.)
What will you be doing? – Duties include:
- Manages the casework of all abnormal results and assures that proper medical care is taken for each baby.
- Reviews abnormal screening results and decides the appropriate follow-up action(s), taking into account analyte levels, demographic information and previous specimens.
- Reports result to the child’s health care provider and facilitates diagnostic testing.
- Works with clinic, midwife and hospital staff to make sure subsequent specimens are submitted for babies with borderline or equivocal test results.
- Maintains disorder-specific databases to monitor positive screening results and their outcomes.
- Assists in program planning and evaluation of health service delivery product.
- Develops and implements health policies and procedures.
- Participates as part of the DOH emergency response team during health emergencies and training events.
- A bachelor’s degree with a major in a biological science or a healthcare field and at least one year full-time paid or volunteer experience in a health services program.
- A master’s degree with a major in a biological science or a healthcare field.
- Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing.
- Working knowledge of standard office software (including spreadsheets), computer networks, and file management.
- Graduate coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics
- Demonstrated experience working with databases
- Strong data analysis and statistical software skills
- Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
- Work in a tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free environment.
- Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours.
- On a rotational basis, work on-call on weekends and holidays.
- Occasionally travel throughout the nation (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
- Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
- Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
- Interact and work with customers, some of whom may be frustrated or distressed in a positive, friendly and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.
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