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Mohave County Public Health is currently recruiting for an Epidemiologist in the Administration Division located in Kingman, AZ.
*This position is grant funded and contingent on the availability of funds*
Performs professional and administrative work in the description, analysis and control of epidemics and eradication of disease. Work includes conducting epidemiological, field studies and surveillance to determine disease patterns; developing recommendations regarding the possible causation and control of diseases and disease processes; and coordinating these efforts with other governmental and non-governmental health service agencies. REPORTS TO:
Work is performed independently under direction of a higher level of authority. The employee is expected to exercise initiative and independent judgment in accordance with established procedures, protocols, and regulations. Work is reviewed through conferences and results achieved. SUPERVISION EXERCISED
As assigned, may exercise technical, functional, or direct supervision of assigned personnel.Essential Job Functions
SECONDARY JOB FUNCTIONS
- Participates in epidemiologic investigations, studies, and surveillance programs.
- Recommends methods, areas, and extent of investigations of communicable diseases, diseases associated with environmental, biological, and zoonotic factors, and general health conditions. Reviews and monitors communicable disease case reports, health statistics, demographic information, and the results of laboratory tests to identify possible disease trends and sources.
- Advises appropriate personnel, health professionals and others regarding potential or active epidemic findings and trends. Serves as a resource and technical consultant on epidemiology to physicians, nurses, public health officials, the media, and the public.
- Reviews natality, morbidity, and mortality data to, document, describe and report distribution and changes in disease patterns.
- Analyzes geographic, physiologic, sociologic, economic, occupational, and other environmental factors pertinent to existing disease patterns.
- Assists in the design of, and oversees implementation and operation of, data systems for the monitoring of disease reporting and surveillance.
- Develops and maintains databases to facilitate work functions and processes.
- Provides consultation, awareness, and training in the investigation of epidemics and outbreaks of communicable disease, patterns health-related conditions and the analysis of information from multiple sources.
- Develops research models and associated implementation procedures and designs, implements, and conducts surveillance programs and case control studies.
- Conducts and/or interprets statistical analysis of diseases and disability patterns.
- Assists in preparing grant applications and requests for proposal based on needs as they are identified.
- As requested, assists the State of Arizona, Department of Health Services and/or U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with various research projects.
- Researches material for developing and presenting public health training and informational programs in environmental issues, wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion to the public and healthcare providers.
- Develops and maintains databases to facilitate departmental work.
- Request medical records and conduct preliminary case investigations and data input of reportable communicable diseases and provide oversight for further investigation by Public Health Nurses. Conduct case and client merging, audits and data "cleaning" as necessary.
- Lead outbreak investigations conducted by Mohave County Department of Public Health.
- Prepare and distribute county communicable disease surveillance reports to internal and external partners, stakeholders.
- Serve as the Mohave County MEDSIS (Medical Electronic Disease Surveillance Intelligence System) Liaison for Mohave County.
- Utilize and endorse the Performance Management Model and continuous Quality Improvement Methods in the work place; participate on the department's Quality Improvement/Performance Management Workgroup. When applicable, serve as the Data Analyst for departmental QI projects.
- Complete the Local Health Department's Reporting Requirements as they pertain to reportable communicable disease. Keep current on policy and procedural changes as they pertain to communicable disease reporting and investigation and the requirements of the local health department.
- Perform duties assigned specifically to maintain our PHAB (Public Health Accreditation Board) accreditation status.
- Be available to answer and respond to calls on the department's urgent/after-hours 24/7/365 disease reporting line.
- Actively engage and participate in training, conferences, workshops, drills and readiness exercises as they pertain to the essential job duties of the Epidemiologist.
- Respond to media requests and inquiries as approved or assigned.
- Contribute to the development, writing, review and update of pertinent response plans, policies and procedures of the department.
- Serve as the coordinator of the Mohave and La Paz County Child Fatality Review Team and fulfill the statutory and programmatic requirements and duties associated with said activity. Compile and statistically analyze the data collected by our local Child Fatality Review Team; share and distribute summary reports as appropriate.
- Create and maintain a supportive work environment with other departments and community programs, Public Health divisions, and Public Health leadership on accreditation domain while maintaining a culture of quality improvement.
- Apply basic principles, practices, techniques, teaching, and communication methods related to the age, gender, race/ethnicity, educational level, and socioeconomic status of community members.
- Communicate and act in a cultural competent and professional manner maintaining cooperative relationships with community members, co-workers, and work contacts.
- Performs related work as required.
- Performs special assignments as requested.
- Mentor and oversee the activities of interns and students as assigned.
- Exercise regular and predictable attendance and punctuality in accordance with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures.
SPECIAL JOB REQUIREMENT
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in epidemiology, biostatistics, biology , or related field (a Master's degree in Epidemiology, Biology or a related field is desirable)
- Two (2) years of professional experience performing epidemiologic investigative activities, health-related surveillance activities, designing and conducting studies and interpreting epidemiologic or demographic data.
- OR an equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Knowledge of:
- Must pass drug screen post offer.
- Successful completion of recent (within one year prior to appointment) Epidemiological training at Centers for Disease Control or equivalent program is required or must be completed within the first six (6) months of appointment.
- Must provide acceptable driving history at no cost to the County.
- Must possess a valid driver's license for operation of motor vehicles on Arizona roads at the start of employment and maintain said license while employed in this position.
- Contemporary principles, practices, and methods of epidemiology to include conducting investigations, field studies and surveillance and the processes of analyzing data gathered to formulate findings and recommendations in the control of epidemics and the detection and eradication of disease.
- Environmental, biological, agent and host factors associated with the occurrence of diseases, modes of disease transmission and epidemic patterns of disease in the community epidemiological features of infections and infestations and zoonoses significant to public health.
- Sophisticated design methodology and statistical methods used in epidemiological studies, including case control and cohort studies, and clinical trials.
- Methods, procedures, and techniques used in developing, implementing, and maintaining disease surveillance programs.
- Availability, uses and limitations of demographic and health-related data.
- Federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to public health practices and administration.
- Infectious and zoonotic disease transmission patterns.
- Research protocols and bio statistical analysis.
- Emergency Management protocols and procedures
- Computer automation and processing methods to organize and display a wide variety of complex statistics, develop, maintain, and utilize databases, and use of geographical information systems (GIS).
- Preparation and writing of grants.
- Department policies, rules, and procedures
- Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulations.
- Performing epidemiological investigations, studies and surveillance activities.
- Statistical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of a wide variety of technical epidemiological data and formulating sound recommendations based on findings.
- Conducting scientific studies and epidemiologic investigations.
- Preparing concise and accurate reports, recommendations, and other professional documentation.
- Utilizing personal computer systems, hardware, and software, such as word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, databases, statistical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), Internet research, and e-mail functions.
- Communicating and maintaining professionalism with the public, co-workers, and work contacts.
- Formulate, plan and design epidemiological studies, and surveillance systems.
- Define issues to perform and supervise the collection and quality of data to address the issue.
- Analyze and interpret data, identify patterns of disease, and convey results and recommendations to appropriate personnel.
- Read, interpret, and analyze technical, medical, demographic, and statistical data, case reports and laboratory reports.
- Develop and conduct public awareness presentations and public health training sessions.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing with personnel at all levels of the organization, other health officials, representatives of other agencies, the media, and the general public.
- Prepare and present clear and concise reports and recommendations.
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of performing job responsibilities.
- Store, retrieve and analyze data using manual and automated systems.
- Perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- Comply with Mohave County Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulations.