Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II
Southern Nevada Health District - Las Vegas, NV

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This open position is for the Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II. We are not accepting applications for the level I at this time.

To function as part of a disease investigation and intervention team; plan and participate in programs related to the control of various communicable diseases; to locate disease sources, carriers and at-risk groups to prevent, treat and thereby reduce the incidence and risk to citizens; to provide counseling to patients diagnosed positive for a communicable disease, and to provide information on disease etiology and the prevention of communicable diseases.

This posting will be open for applications until Friday, November 30th. The posting will close at 4pm sharp.

Examples of Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
Perform a variety of investigative and staff work, including counseling, related to the prevention and control of communicable diseases. May consult with physicians, medical groups, laboratories, community groups, schools, voluntary agencies and other organizations to enlist and maintain their cooperation in a program of communicable disease prevention and control.

Provide assistance in the development, coordination, and implementation of an assigned phase of the program for prevention and control of communicable disease and related health problems. Typical responsibilities for Disease Investigation
Interview cases, contacts and others in the community concerning personal behaviors and activities which contribute to disease transmission; make collateral contacts to obtain pertinent information concerning other individuals who may have been exposed or infected; ensure compliance with established State and federal laws and regulations related to disease control and prevention.

Act as patient advocate; counsel clients regarding medical and social services available and intervene on their behalf for access to services or resolution of conflict.

Conduct case investigations on infected patients; document case histories and possible infection sources.

Answer disease related questions.

Keep current with local, national and international disease trends and outbreaks.

Produce contact reports and tracing records.

Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required. Typical responsibilities for Disease Intervention
Counsel and educate patients before testing, patients receiving test results and post test results.

Develop and produce public information materials for intervention activities.

Collect patient case histories and medical information for pre-clinic evaluations on patients; obtain listings of all sexual partners and perform field investigations to locate listed persons.

Draw blood samples from children and adults to test for diseases.

Perform tests at offsite locations; educate the public to provide risk reduction training; give speeches and informative talks to various small groups.

Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications:
Knowledge of:
Current information pertaining to the symptoms, modes of transmission, control, treatment, and effects of the communicable/chronic disease assigned.

CDC protocols for investigation and intervention with patients who have positive results for a communicable disease

Modern practices and principles of medical disease counseling.

Principles and procedures of record keeping; medical documentation; business writing including appropriate English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Methods of enforcement of and obtaining compliance with public health laws and regulations.

Universal (Standard) precautions and infection control practices. Ability to:
Conduct interviews of a highly personal nature.

Exercise initiative and tact in tracing contacts and arranging for follow-up medical treatment.

Gain the confidence of and establish rapport with varied personalities and difficult-to-reach individuals.

Empathize with patients and provide uplifting, helpful counseling.

Maintain confidentiality of patients.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Prepare promotion materials for use at various types of meetings and to present educational and informational programs to community, schools and other groups.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Work independently in the absence of supervision.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members and with those contacted in the course of work, including service representatives and the general public.

Operate a computer and use a variety of software including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Communicate exceptionally well in person and on the telephone.

Draw blood. Working Conditions:
Travel from site to site for extended periods of time.

Exposure to varied weather conditions.

Exposure to a variety of working environments including urban and rural communities.

Will work with individuals having infectious or communicable disease. License or Certificate:
Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate, valid Nevada driver’s license as a condition of employment. Training and Experience Requirements

Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II

Training:
Equivalent to a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in behavioral science, psychology, biology, microbiology, medicine, or a related field. Experience:
Two years of medical counseling experience or one year in conducting epidemiological investigations and/or surveillance activities involving communicable diseases.
Experience with entering data into electronic databases.
Experience with laboratory result interpretation.
Experience with interviewing patients.
Knowledge of the disease etiology of the diseases reportable to Nevada.
Experience in participating/conducting disease outbreak investigations.
Experience in making disease related presentations to the community.
Experience in scientific report writing.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II:
This is the full journey level class within the series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the I by the performance of more complex investigations intervention activities and may also be involved in the training of level I staff. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from level I, or when filled from the outside, have prior experience.

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