Posted on Jul 27, 2019 by Black Hawk County
Assists the Disease Surveillance & Investigations Manager in completing disease surveillance activities. Collaborates with staff to monitor, identify and control factors that affect the publics health.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
- Collects and maintains reliable, comparable and valid data to provide information related to population health status.
- Monitors and analyzes public health data and creates reports that identify trends in health problems, environmental public health hazards and social and economic health factors that affect the publics health.
- Informs management to assist with decision-making regarding public health policies, processes, programs and/or interventions.
- Serves as the lead in public health emergency preparedness activities.
- Provides expertise in the design, management, and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis.
- Coordinates with staff to conduct and report timely investigations of health problems and environmental health hazards in order to control the spread of disease.
- Collaborates with Health Department leadership on implementation of the strategic plan, quality improvement plan, and health improvement plan in support of the Agencys performance management system.
- Promotes local public health agency to the community through public speaking, use of various media sources and coalition involvement.
- Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to promote best practice, flexibility, high morale and productivity.
- Collaborates with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) on-site Disease Prevention Specialist, Regional Epidemiologist and Tuberculosis Bureau to investigate communicable diseases.
- Other duties as assigned
- Supervision is received from Disease Surveillance & Investigations Manager.
- Functional supervision may be exercised over support staff.
- Masters degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in epidemiology required.
- Must possess a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors degree or higher with major study in an academic field in epidemiology or related health science field.
- Must have a valid Iowa Drivers License and be insurable under County guidelines.
- Must be proficient in web-based computer software applications, database software, Microsoft Office, and other program/reporting applications.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
- Knowledge of epidemiological methodology, theories, principles and methods.
- Knowledgeable with federal and state environmental and communicable disease laws and regulations.
- Demonstrated precision and accuracy throughout the collection, analysis and disease reporting process.
- Ability to successfully obtain skills in Disease Prevention Services (IDPH).
- Ability to present and relay information to different audiences including Board of Health and community and professional groups.
- Ability to analyze and report relevant data, in a timely manner, to monitor population health status.
- Ability to read and comprehend technical reports and regulations.
- Ability to make sound decisions under moderate stressful situations.
The work environment and physical demand characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting and requires frequent use of office equipment such as computers, copies, fax machines, telephones.
- Position requires frequent use of hand, fingers, arms and near vision
- Position requires substantial interaction/communication with other employees as well as the general public and department affiliates.
- Position requires occasional exposure to stressful situations.
- Competitive benefits package.