PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATOR III - COMM. DISEASE & PREVENTION SERVICES UNIT Job Number: 00121610
Job Posting: May 9, 2018, 3:56:55 PM Closing Date: May 24, 2018, 4:59:00 AM Full-time Shift Start Time: 8:30 A.M. Shift End Time: 4:30 P.M.
Collective Bargaining Unit: AFSCME Health and Hospital Systems Posting Salary: $31.583 HOURLY
Organization: Health and Hospital Systems
LOCATION: Department of Public Health – Comm. Disease Control & Prevention Services Unit
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director/Tuberculosis (TB) Program Manager of the Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Unit, notifies the contacts of active TB cases of their exposures, provides education, and schedules appointments for contacts exposed to persons with TB disease. Collects results of contacts tested at healthcare providers who test contacts outside of the TB Prevention and Control Unit. Shares information and collaborates with staff and case managers. Assists the TB Program Manager with school-based or workplace investigations, as necessary. Facilitates at-home testing by TB Prevention and Control Unit clinical staff for contacts who are unable or unwilling to come to the TB Prevention and Control Unit clinics for testing. Enters and tracks results in database programs, including, but not limited to, the Illinois-National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS). Enters results of contact investigations into I-NEDSS. Responsible for educating patients, staff, members of the community and medical professionals through a variety of means, including social media, regarding the risks, prevalence of transmission of TB and for describing services available through the Cook County Department of Public Health for the diagnosis and treatment of TB. Assists the TB Registrar in keeping immigration databases up-to-date, provides infection control guidance to individuals in out-of-hospital settings. Assists in the development and distribution of periodic TB surveillance data and reports as part of the overall educational responsibilities and for facilities conducting annual risk assessments. Keeps the Assistant Director/TB Program Manager fully informed of pertinent information and follows through on assignments. Performs other duties as assigned.
· Conducts contact investigations and risk assessments of offsite locations (as necessary) for all cases of TB disease reported in the agency's jurisdiction.
· Makes contact with persons exposed to cases of TB disease, provides education about TB disease, transmission of TB, latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and preventive therapy; provides education as to the reasons TB testing in contacts is necessary.
· Facilitates registration and appointment scheduling for contacts of cases of TB disease.
· Documents attempts to contact persons exposed to active TB cases and enters details on contact investigation into I-NEDSS.
· Organizes and maintains data quality for immigration referrals in the CDC's surveillance system.
· Develops and runs reports in I-NEDSS to check data for accuracy and identifies and corrects anomalies.
· Organizes and conducts educational sessions on TB prevention and control in communities deemed to be high risk areas by the surveillance data.
· Uses social media and other mechanisms to disseminate TB prevention and control messaging based on information sent by CDC and/or surveillance data collected in the agency's jurisdiction.
· Coordinates closely with internal departments to facilitate TB prevention and control in cases, contract and the community.
· Provides TB infection control guidance to individuals in out-of-hospital settings.
· Oversees the development or procurement of materials necessary and appropriate for targeted populations to educate and test for TB.
· Represents the health department on agency-approved committees and community projects.
· Participates in research activities that support and augment program objectives.
· Performs other duties as requested and as directed.
· Master's Degree in Public Health (official transcripts required at time of interview) and Two (2) years of communicable disease control work experience in a Public Health department
Bachelor's Degree (official transcripts required at time of interview) and Five (5) years of specialized training and work experience in the field of tuberculosis prevention/control
· Must be trained and certified in NIMS FEMA 100, 200, and other courses appropriate to the position within six (6) months of employment
· Position requires local travel for which the employee must possess a valid driver's license and insured vehicle or otherwise provide an acceptable and reliable means of transportation
· Proficient in using Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
· Bilingual English/Spanish
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
· Comprehensive knowledge of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of TB.
· Working knowledge of clinical and laboratory tests used to detect TB.
· Proactive approach in collecting data from a variety of different sources.
· Strong organizational skills and proven expertise in managing and mastering details.
· Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
· Excellent communication skills.
· Strong interpersonal skills.
· Proficiency in the use of electronic databases and spreadsheets.
· Ability to work independently.
· Ability to multitask.
· Skill in managing large amounts of information.
· Good communication skills (verbal and written) in presenting detailed information.
· Skill in planning, developing and completing assignments under direction of the Assistant Director/TB Program Manager.
· Ability to represent the TB Prevention and Control Program and CCDPH with tact and diplomacy.
· Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service.
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
· Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
· Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.