Community Disease Intervention Specialist I

Recruitment #220511-X38A-08

Introduction



The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to leading Oklahoma to prosperity through health. Our mission is to protect and promote health, prevent disease and injury, and cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can thrive. We value respect, collaboration, and service. 

OSDH is seeking a full time Community Disease Intervention Specialist I providing support to the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Service. This is a state employee position governed by the Civil Service Rules, located in Muskogee, Oklahoma. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance, follow this link  Plan Year 2022. The annual salary for this position are up to $38,000.00, based on education and experience.

Position Summary:
The purpose of a Community Disease Intervention Specialist (C-DIS) is to intervene in the spread of HIV, syphilis, COVID-19 and other infectious disease response including hepatitis C (HCV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis A (HAV), and other infectious diseases of determined significance. This position locates and interviews patients and their applicable partners to gather information on infections or exposures to assigned disease(s). Duties include recommending testing/screening and referring positive patients to care; consulting with private/public providers to obtain information on treated cases; performing diagnostic and treatment techniques; seeking permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients; assisting in statewide screening programs on to ensure timely reporting of positive findings; and providing medical consultation to clinics, county health departments, prisons and jails and Indian Health Services (IHS).

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Provides treatment consultation to clinics and county health departments on sexually transmitted diseases, and other communicable diseases.
• Consults with local health officers, private physicians, school officials, and others on the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
• Participates in the development of various programs, preparation of field procedures and information, and other activities related to program direction.
• Provides training and information on assigned programs in schools, public and private facilities, and to the general public.
• Interviews patients and contacts to gather information concerning infections or exposure to various types of communicable diseases; consults with private physicians to stimulate case reporting, obtain information on treated cases, provide information on diagnostic and treatment techniques, and secure permission to apply epidemiological process to private patients.
• Assists in statewide screening programs through coordination of laboratory efforts to assure timely reporting of positive findings indicative of such diseases.
• Participates in special projects with federal and local public health agencies; cooperates with volunteer health groups in disease prevention and control programs.
• Employee will be trained, and required to draw blood.
• Proof of hepatitis B vaccine required, or willingness to be vaccinated.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of various types of communicable diseases; of state and federal laws concerning the treatment and reporting of various types of infections or exposure to various diseases; of medical and epidemiological aspects of diseases; of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis of disease or infections; and of the principles of interviewing and training.  Ability is required to work with groups and individuals; to provide information concerning communicable diseases; and to interview and gather information. COVID-19 and other infectious disease response including hepatitis C (HCV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis A (HAV), syphilis, HIV and other infectious diseases of determined significance.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.  Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position, including drawing blood.

Travel Requirements:
Work related travel is required to and from contracted sites and other destinations as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a high School diploma and one year experience working/volunteering in human services position such as a community based organization, clinic, hospital, community program, youth programs, etc. Phlebotomy skills a plus.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.

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