Publ Hlth & Prevent Spcl III
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Rio Grande City, TX

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Under the direction of the Immunization Program Manager, and Nurse Supervisor performs professional and technical public health work in South Texas ,part of Public Health Region 11 involving the prevention, control, reduction/eradication of specific immunizable diseases. Performs compliance and evaluation reviews. Serves as a team worker for immunization staff in Rio Grande, and Zapata Counties. Coordinates and conducts clinic assessments, audits and in-services to the public and private sector. Promotes and participates on partnership activities. Recruit providers and provide orientation and follow-ups to TVFC providers. Conducts and follow-up on investigation of vaccine reportable diseases to reduction and eradicate vaccine preventable diseases. Performs compliance and evaluation reviews.

Essential Job Functions:
Assembles data for public health education programs and conferences in assigned area. Promote training opportunities to Immunization partners. Promote adult immunization; Conducts public and group discussions regarding immunization recommendations for children, adolescents and adults. Serves as a resource to the public in order to create awareness of immunization programs through the use of television, radio, meetings, health fairs and other venues. Promote the prevention of Perinatal Hepatitis B, thought parent education and vaccination of new borns with Hepatitis B vaccine.
newspapers and public presentations. Disseminate information about vaccine preventable diseases and ImmTrac to parents and providers, in an effort to improve immunization rates.

Coordinates and supervises outreach immunization clinics in underserved communities: Promotes medical home. Actively involved in identifying communities and children, adolescents and adults known to be under immunized and ensure appropriate Immunizations. Coordinates with WIC program to ensure referrals and services for clients to receive immunizations. Follows TVFC guidelines at all time.

Serves as a Team worker for Rio Grande City and Zapata staffs. Assist in evaluating program goals and objectives. Reviews reports from staff and makes appropriate recommendations; Trains and evaluates employees in order to improve efficiency. Actively participates in coalitions & partnership with other groups and organizes to improve immunization rates in the community.

Working with the LVN orders and maintains vaccine inventory; Minimizes and document vaccine losses and wasteage of vaccine; Submit monthly reports; Request transfer of vaccines 2 months prior to expiration date.

Promotes provider participation. Obtain consent from parents for their children immunization record to be submitted to the state registry. Assure that consent for the registry is recorded on TWICES. Recruite providers for ImmTrac participation.

Supervises and assists with the investigation of all vaccine preventable diseases in the designated areas. Coordinates epidemiological data gathering, data analysis and the resulting recommendations. Ensure development and maintenance of an outbreak control in accordance with TDH Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance guidelines

Conduct school, day care and head start audits in assigned areas. Conduct population based assessments to identify pockets of need.

Coordinate and conduct site visits and AFIX/CASA. Assess immunization coverage of patients at public and provider sites; delivering services. Complete site visit follow up at Public and private providers clinics.
(05%) OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED; Participates in emregency events as assigned.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of Vaccine Preventable Diseases.
Knowledge of current social, economic and public health issues and programs in the communities.
Knowledge of public health laws and regulations and educational techniques.
Ability to interpret and apply public health laws and regulations.
Ability to analyze and evaluate public health needs.
Ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, orally and in writing.
Ability to work effectively with others.
Ability to assign and/or supervise the work of others.
Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.
Ability to speak before small and large groups of people.
Ability to work hours other than 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Skilled in automated programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, etc and in the use of a calculator

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social services, public health, or a related health field is generally preferred.
Experience of four years and education may be substituted for one another.
A current valid State of Texas Driver licenses.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Education and work expereince.

Additional Information:
Requisition ID#217508

Valid current Texas Driver License.
Able to work other days, and hours besides Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
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 CAPPS 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.