Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention Epidemiologist/Preventionist
Florida Department of Health - Florida

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The Bureau of Epidemiology, Florida Department of Health is seeking a full-time HAI epidemiologist/infection preventionist specializing in healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and antimicrobial resistance. As a member of an interdisciplinary team of epidemiologists and public health professionals, the successful epidemiologist/preventionist will have the opportunity to collaborate on a variety of public health issues including HAI prevention and control, HAI disease outbreaks, and use of the National Healthcare Safety Network to monitor HAIs and quality outcomes. In addition, the epidemiologist/preventionist may be involved in the production of scientific reports including those for publication, presenting at regional, state and national conferences, and be responsible for grant application contributions. The position is responsible for expanding and monitoring the HAI infections surveillance system, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in Florida and supporting collaborative activities for HAI prevention. Work activities may include, but are not limited to: • developing training materials, presentations, and tools to support the implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies across the continuum of care; • providing training to various healthcare groups via web and in-person; • designing presentations concerning the FDOH healthcare-associated infection prevention program for internal and external board meetings and seminars; • assisting healthcare facilities with quality improvement opportunities related to HAI prevention and actively participate in HAI prevention collaboratives; • conducting quality assurance site visits with facilities participating in our collaboratives; • recruiting healthcare facilities to use NHSN, join NHSN FDOH user groups, and recruiting healthcare facilities to participate in prevention collaboratives; • providing consultation and training on the NHSN system; • and consulting with healthcare facilities on infection prevention and control issues including those related to the implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies, staff education, and best practices. The epidemiologist/preventionist will represent the Bureau of Epidemiology at local, regional, statewide and potentially national meetings.

Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will have a firm understanding of public health surveillance, HAI surveillance (e.g. National Healthcare Safety Network) and infection prevention and control methodologies. The candidate should have an MPH, MSPH, MS in epidemiology, or equivalent degree or an advanced degree in a health- related field; or nursing degree with certification in infection control, and have completed coursework in epidemiology. Previous experience with healthcare infection prevention and control practices as well as Certification in Infection Control (CIC) and/or Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) is desired.

Organization Description:
This position is a contract position in the Bureau of Epidemiology, Healthcare- associated Infection Prevention Program at the Florida Department of Health. The position may be located in various parts of the state. The Bureau of Epidemiology leads the Department of Health's efforts to prevent HAIs and other infectious and chronic diseases through surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, training and information dissemination. This position is supported with federal grant funds.

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