Epidemiologist III
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Arlington, TX

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Under supervision of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Group manager, performs senior-level epidemiological work related to reporting and prevention of health care-associated infections (HAI) and preventable adverse events (PAE) in Health Service Region (HSR) 2/3. Initiates,plans,develops, and directs surveillance and advanced epidemiological investigations or studies. Implements policies and protocols related to reporting and prevention of HAIs and PAEs. Collects, manages, evaluates,and disseminates data for epidemiologic investigations of HAI/PAE. Develops training for health care facility staff on implementation of HAI/PAE reporting and prevention. Develops recommendations to management on budget, grants, contracts, staffing needs, policies and procedures related to HAIs and PAEs. Prepares and presents speeches,technical reports, and briefings on HAI/PAE reporting, prevention, and investigations to HSR administration, professional organizations, and health care facility staff within HSR 2/3. Provides HAI/PAE epidemiologic information to the public and media. Consults with physicians and hospital administrators on epidemiology of HAIs and PAEs. Serves as the senior subject matter expert and team lead for HAI/PAE related epidemiologic issues for HSR 2/3. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of a Public Health & Prevention Specialist IV; interacts with central office HAI/PAE program and local health department staff. Duties performed with minimal supervision and with extensive latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
50% Epidemiologic investigations and studies
Initiates, plans, develops, oversees, and directs epidemiological studies, surveillance projects, and investigations of infections and preventable adverse events in health care facilities. Coordinates investigations with local health department staff, other state agencies, and/or health care facility staff. Leads field investigations of outbreaks in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, dialysis centers, burn institutes, and nursing homes. Assembles appropriate epidemiological and laboratory resources to address disease outbreak investigations. Abstracts and interprets medical information. Assures appropriate communication and dissemination of findings and recommendations. Provides epidemiologic consultations to medical and public health professionals, infection prevention professionals, other DSHS programs, and agencies on issues of disease reporting, investigation, and prevention in health care facilities. Implements agency policies with medical and public health professionals, infection prevention professionals, and agencies. Reviews, evaluates, and revises policies, procedures, and guidelines for reporting and prevention of HAI/PAE. Develops recommendations to management on data validation processes and procedures.

30% Leadership and education
Assesses health care facility training needs and makes recommendations for training. Develops and participates in conducting educational programs on the epidemiology, prevention, and reporting of HAI/PAE. Serves as a HAI and PAE reporting subject matter expert with infection prevention community in designated HSRs. Assists with establishing priorities for the HAI/PAE program and implements them. Assists other staff with complex issues and/or situations related to health care facilities. Attends and provides input at meetings pertaining to work assignment. Participates in the screening, interviewing, and selection process for other HAI and PAE team members.

15% Oral and Written communication
Develops educational materials for public health professionals and the general public. Prepares and disseminates HAI/PAE prevention and reporting information to the health care and public health communities and the DSHS press officer. Prepares written manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and other publications. Prepares and conducts oral presentations.

5% Other Duties as Assigned
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and methods of epidemiology and related biostatistics
Knowledge of health care-associated infections epidemiology, signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings
Knowledge of the natural history of health care-associated infections (HAI)
Knowledge of organisms which cause infectious diseases
Knowledge of infection prevention practices and measures
Knowledge of health care risk management,quality improvement, and quality management
Knowledge of implementation of policies and procedures and state and federal laws and regulations

Ability to collect and analyze statistical/epidemiologic data and make recommendations based on findings
Ability to present statistical and technical data in a clear and concise format
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
Ability to work effectively as a team member with regional and local health department personnel and private sector health care professionals,
Ability to communicate effectively with the media and the general public
Ability to use computers to organize and maintain complex records and files
Ability to interpret laboratory findings, physical signs/symptoms, and other information on medical charts
Ability to plan and assign work of other HAI/PAE team members

Skill in using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Skill in using National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN)
Skill in implementing health care quality improvement and management

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Certified in infection control (CIC) and/or certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ)

Initial Selection Criteria:
Master’s degree in public health and 4 or more years’ work experience in health care infection prevention and/or health care quality management and improvement and certified in infection control (CIC) or certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ).
OR
Doctoral-level epidemiologist and at least 2 years’ work experience in health care infection prevention and/or health care quality management and improvement and certified in infection control (CIC) or certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ)
OR
Other nonepidemiology professional degree or certification [e.g., RN, MD, MT(ASCP)] and at least 4 years’ work experience in health care infection prevention and/or health care quality management and improvement and certified in infection control (CIC) or certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ)

Additional Information:
Requisition ID#217811
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide
reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individual
s with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact
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