Disease Intervention Specialist, Level 1

Madison County Health Department Position Opening

Posting: Disease Intervention Specialist, Level 1
Department: Health
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Status: Full-time
Salary: 35,000-37,000
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Tuesdays until 7pm

Level 1: Disease Intervention Specialist Assistant
A Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Assistant is an investigator that assists in the intervention in the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). DIS assistant investigates reported, suspected and potential cases of HIV, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Investigations include interviewing those infected with specific STDs, analyzing case information, interacting with health care providers, conducting computer record searches, contacting clients by phone and/or in person and documenting investigation on forms required by ISDH and/or CDC. Interviews are for the purpose of providing health education and partner notification and are documented on forms required by ISDH and/or CDC. DIS assistants contribute significantly to the design of non-traditional  interventions such as targeted screening programs.

Responsibilities:
• Completion of a training course entitled Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Employee Development Guide and achievement of a grade of 80% or higher on all examinations as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within eight weeks of hiring. The STD Employment Development Guide is a series of 11 modules, each dedicated to a specific topic in STD’s.
• Completion of the Centers for Disease Control’s Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Disease Investigation course and demonstration of the ability to conduct a thorough well-planned STD case investigation.
• Completion of phlebotomy training within 8 weeks of hire with appropriate immunizations and knowledge of blood-born pathogens’ precautions.
• Completion of the CDC’s course for HIV Counseling and Testing.
• Assessment of case information to establish investigation priorities.
• Establishes needs within a community for screening, education, and outreach.
• Interviews patients diagnosed with specific STDs or HIV for the purpose of educating the patient and eliciting information that would lead to the testing and treatment of others who may be at risk for the same infection.
• Attempts to contact patients who have positive lab tests, who are known to have been exposed to an STD or HIV, or who have behaviors that put them at risk of infection with STDs or HIV. Contact may be made by phone or mail.
• Conducts HIV Counseling and Testing and provides Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) for HIV-positive clients according to standard ISDH and CDC protocols.
• Initiates and maintains confidential case records and ensures that they are completed and disseminated accordingly.
• Thorough knowledge of the current STD Treatment Guidelines and Case Definitions published by the Centers for Disease Control.
• Acts as a resource for recommended STD treatments to healthcare providers.
• Interacts regularly with members of the medical profession to verify and/or obtain pertinent medical information.
• Completes necessary reports and forms, maintaining thorough documentation of all interviews and field activities.
• Designs and participates in community outreach activities that include screenings, health fairs, and educational presentations. Screening venues may include neighborhoods, health-care facilities, correctional facilities, bars/clubs, or other settings.
• Performs phlebotomy in the field and in a clinic setting for patients in need blood tests.
• Interprets laboratory results for standard STD tests and recognize recommended treatments for a variety of STDs.
• Possess basic computer skills including ability to utilize database, spreadsheet, and word processing software.
• Conducts all business in a professional, nonjudgmental manner utilizing tact and diplomacy.

Job Requirements:

• Ability to apply extensive problem identification and problem-solving methods to daily work.
• Ability to work independently.
• Extensive knowledge of record keeping and consultation methods and the ability to apply this daily work.
• Ability to work with and maintain confidentiality and security of HIV and STD surveillance data.
•Ability to learn about state and federal departments and agencies which have programs or services affecting HIV and STD surveillance, including  knowledge of the Indiana State.
• Ability to effectively work with organizations, individuals, and health care professionals.
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Ability to travel throughout Indiana, including overnight.
• Ability to work during public health emergencies throughout the state.
• Ability to elicit sensitive information regarding lifestyle choices in a non-judgmental manner.
• Working knowledge of specialized forms and procedures used in the assigned work.
• Basic knowledge of agency program terminology and special regulations.
• Basic knowledge of the policies, programs and activities of the office and the ability to apply these to pertinent situations.
• Ability to prepare and write correspondence and reports of technical or specialized nature.

• Ability to learn and comprehend STD case investigations, including (but not limited to): chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis information and recommended treatments.
• Ability to use Microsoft office computer-based products to complete daily tasks.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
Qualified candidates may possess an associate degree or equivalent experience.

Applications for the position are available and must be submitted

Online:

http://www.madisoncounty.in.gov

OR
Human Resources
Madison County
16 E. 9 th St., suite 105
Anderson, IN 46016
This position will remain open until filled.

Madison County is an Equal Opportunity Employee