Publ Hlth & Prevent Spcl I
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Tyler, TX

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Publ Hlth & Prevent Spcl I

Under the supervision of the HIV/STD Program Manager, performs moderately complex public health work. Work involves laboratory consulting with local health agencies, private physicians, and individuals for the reporting, treatment, control and/or prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV. Works under limited supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. perform other marginal functions as assigned. Performs data entry of regionally reported STD laboratory records and morbidity reports from a wide variety of report providers, generates Field Record Reports for Disease Intervention Specialist DIS investigation and also performs syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia database record searches for the STD – Front Line Supervisor, DIS and Program Manager as needed. Responsible for assisting Disease Intervention Specialist with data entry as needed in the STD Management Information System (STD*MIS) , assists with processing STD*MIS corrections and STD*MIS reports. Responsible for STD*MIS corrections and STD*MIS reports.Responsible for Back-up coordination of the Interstate Communication Control Record System (ICCR)between the regional office and other health service regions and state jurisdictions. This position ensures that weekly exports of STD*MIS data and monthly system backups are uploaded to the Public Health Information Network (PHIN/TXHAN). This position regularly ensures that all incoming HIV/STD program mail is processed and serves as scheduled regional headquarters switchboard operator several times monthly. Must be willing 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 (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Performs other related duties as assigned Performs other duties as assigned by the program manager.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Data management/ Analysis: Manages LAB WARE, ELR and STD Management Information System (STD*MIS) in HSR 4/5 North by receiving daily serology's, processing and disseminating laboratory reactor reports. Provides all data entry for STD cases. Conducts quality assurance review of STD morbidity via STD*MIS records management systems, identifies reporting lapses, accuracy and compliance with reporting regulations, develops and implements any necessary corrective action plan or missing data values for HSR 4/5 N or identified information requested from the STD Surveillance Branch at Austin Central Office. Provides technical assistance to local health departments, physicians, and infection control practitioners regarding HIV/STD, AIDS reporting laws, definitions, form completion, and reporting procedures. Performs data entry (STD*MIS) of all reportable STD/HIV morbidity. Shares responsibility of date entry of all reportable STD/HIV morbidity. Initiates field records for DIS follow-up when indicated and /or contacts providers/physicians to verify disease diagnosis/ treatment. Enters completed HIV/STD cases into STD*MIS for all Disease Intervention Specialists if needed. Maintains confidential medical information and uploads/downloads system morbidity to or from State Surveillance. Develops, implements and evaluates systems to track/improve efficiency and laboratory reactor program effectiveness. Maintains files of HIV/STD reports according to DSHS file retention schedule. Assists as needed in completing the semi-annual Objectives and Indicators reports for the FLS/STD Team Lead and Program Manager. Cross trained to perform the other PHPS I duties as directed or needed. (65%) Performs administrative duties for ten program staff members. They include: the HIV/STD Program Manager, HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator, STD Coordinator, two Public Health & Prevention Specilaists, and four Disease Intervention Specialists. Duties include, but are not limited to: typing routine, special and confidential correspondence utilizing MS Word and Excel, assisting Program Manager with development of internal office policies and procedures, providing technical assistance to HIV/STD staff regarding employee policies and procedures or other identified special projects. (15%) On a daily basis receives, opens, date stamps and distributes incoming mail, both internal and external. Disseminates information regarding AIDS, HIV/STD and Hepatitis C. Provides necessary reporting forms and mailing labels to private physicians, local health departments and other health care agencies/providers. (15%) Other duties as assigned (marginal function)to include but 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 (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. (5%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to performance in this position: Knowledge in: 1.STD procedures used in data collection/analysis. 2.Medical terminology. 3.Medical record practices and security procedures. 4.Current CDC STD reccommended tests/treatments. Local, state, federal laws and regulations relevant to HIV/STD testing, treatment, reporting and confidentiality. 5.Electronic data and /or word processing software and equipment. 6.Process improvement, goals and objectives. Skills in: 1.Clear, effective oral and written communication with professionally diverse audiences. 2.Organizing and writing reports using standard English grammar and a professional/ business writing style. 3.Use of Electronic Mail (Outlook), MS Word 2010, MS Excel, Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 95 and compatible systems. 4.Developing and maintaining effective working relationships across organizational lines. 5.Organizing/prioritizing work assignments. Ability to: 1.Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 2.Establish goals and objectives. 3.Devise solutions to surveillance problems. 4.Work within a multi-disciplinary team, using tact/diplomacy and assertive communication skills. 5.Adapt to changing directives and instruction/guidance regarding federal/state mandates. Maintain confidentiality: Follow DSHS Policies, Procedures, Guiding Principals and Employee Ethics.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:
*Experience in medical, laboratory or public health field or working in an STD or HIV services or treatment program. *Experience in reading and interpreting disease reports and laboratory reports. *Experience in epidemiology and disease surveillance areas. *Experience with databases to include data entry, data extraction & development or database management/maintenance. *Experience preparing statistical reports. *Experience with word processing, spreadsheets, statistical and presentation software.

Additional Information:
Requisition ID# 223710 Other duties as assigned to include but 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 (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Performs other related duties as assigned (marginal function). The DSHS Region 4/5 North headquarters is a non-smoking facility. 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 the AccessHR service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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