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Job Title: Disease Intervention Specialist
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Organization: Indiana State Department of Health
Posted: 5/9/2017
Type: Full-Time
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Number of Openings: 1
Location: Indianapolis,  IN    USA
Compensation: 33,748.00
Position Description: A Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is an investigator that intervenes in the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). DIS investigate reported, suspected and potential cases of STDs. Investigations include interviewing those infected with specific STDs, analyzing case information, interacting with health care providers, conducting computer record searches, contacting clients by phone and/or in person and documenting investigation on forms required by ISDH and/or CDC. Interviews are for the purpose of providing health education and partner notification and are documented on forms required by ISDH and/or CDC. DIS contribute significantly to the design of non-traditional interventions such as targeted screening programs and interrupting the chain of infection by prophylactic treatment of contacts. Candidates must have the following capabilities: • Ability to apply extensive problem identification and problem solving methods to daily work • Ability to work independently • Extensive knowledge of record keeping and consultation methods and the ability to apply these daily work • Ability to work with and maintain confidentiality and security of HIV and STD surveillance data • Ability to learn about state and federal departments and agencies which have programs or services affecting HIV and STD surveillance, including knowledge of the Indiana State • Ability to effectively work with organizations, individuals, and health care professionals • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing • Ability to travel throughout Indiana, including overnight • Ability to work during public health emergencies throughout the state • Ability to elicit sensitive information regarding lifestyle choices in a non-judgmental manner • Working knowledge of specialized forms and procedures used in the assigned work • Basic knowledge of agency program terminology and special regulations • Basic knowledge of the policies, programs and activities of the office and the ability to apply these to pertinent situations • Ability to prepare and write correspondence and reports of technical or specialized nature • Ability to learn and comprehend STD case investigations, including (but not limited to): chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis information and recommended treatments • Ability to use Microsoft office computer based products to complete daily tasks Responsibilities: • Completion of a training course entitled Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Passport to Partner Services and achievement of a grade of 80% or higher on all examinations as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within 6 months of hiring. The STD Passport to Partner Services is a series of online modules, each dedicated to a specific topic in STD and HIV prevention. • Completion of the Centers for Disease Control’s Passport to Partner Services Track D in person training course and demonstration of the ability to conduct a thorough well planned STD case investigation. • Completion of phlebotomy training within 8 weeks of hire with appropriate immunizations and training of blood-born pathogens’ precautions. • Successful completion of the ISDH course for HIV Counseling and Testing. • Assessment of case information to establish investigation priorities. • Establishes needs within a community for screening, education and outreach. • Interviews patients diagnosed with specific STDs or HIV for the purpose of educating the patient and eliciting information that would lead to the testing and treatment of others who may be at risk for the same infection. • Attempts to contact patients who have positive lab tests, who are known to have been exposed to an STD or HIV, or who have behaviors that put them at risk of infection with STDs or HIV. Contact may be made by phone, mail or in person. • Conducts HIV Counseling and Testing and provides Counseling and Referral Services for HIV-positive clients according to standard ISDH and CDC protocols. Refers all HIV positive clients to care coordination and HIV medical services and ensures linkage to care occurs for each client. • Initiates and maintains confidential case records and ensures that they are completed accurately per ISDH's internal policies • Thorough knowledge of the current STD Treatment Guidelines and STD Surveillance Case Definitions published by the Centers for Disease Control. • Acts as a resource for recommended STD treatments to healthcare providers. • Interacts regularly with members of the medical profession to verify and/or obtain pertinent medical information. • Completes necessary reports and forms, maintaining thorough documentation of all interviews and field activities, per the training and policies of ISDH and CDC. • As needed, designs and participates in community outreach activities that include screenings, health fairs, and educational presentations. Screening venues may include neighborhoods, health-care facilities, correctional facilities, bars/clubs, or other settings. • Performs phlebotomy in the field and in a clinic setting for patients in need of blood tests. • Interprets laboratory results for standard STD tests and recognize recommended treatments for a variety of STDs. • Possess basic computer skills including ability to utilize multiple databases, spreadsheets, and Microsoft Office software. • Conducts all business in a professional, nonjudgmental manner utilizing tact and diplomacy. • May be required to work other evenings and weekends periodically as directed by the Program Staff. • Possesses a valid Indiana driver’s license and reliable automobile with insurance.

Preferred Experience: Six (6) years full-time professional experience in Community Health; Direct Patient Health Care; Investigations; Public Health; or Social Work. Substitution: Accredited college training may substitute for the required experience with a maximum substitution of four (4) years. Substitution: Accredited graduate training may substitute for the required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years. Major in Biological Science; an Environmental Science; Public or Environmental Affairs; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; or a Health Related area of study. Benefits: The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes: • Medical / Dental / Vision plans • Health Savings Account available - with Employer Contribution • Prescription Coverage • Incentive-based Wellness Program • Employee Assistance Program • Employer-funded Retirement Plan • Deferred Compensation Plan with Employer Match • Flexible Spending Account • Work/life balance: 24 Paid Days Off and 12 Holidays, per year • Group Life Insurance • Qualified Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Closing Date: 8/9/2017
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Contact Name: Raeanne Florek,  Disease Intervention Specialist
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