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Job Title: Hepatitis C Surveillance Specialist
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Organization: University of Wisconsin-Madison/Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Posted: 5/11/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Madison,  WI   
Position Description: This position provides support to extension faculty, instructional academic staff or Outreach Program Managers. May work with adult and continuing education user groups on new techniques and practices through meetings, workshops, conferences, the preparation of advisory publications, and other means. May conduct field research to apply and evaluate research applicable to the user groups. Provides general information on public issues. Under the general supervision of the AIDS/HIV Program Section Chief and the daily direction of the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, the Hepatitis C Surveillance Specialist is responsible for collecting, processing, monitoring, and evaluating the quality of hepatitis C virus (HCV) case surveillance and laboratory data. The position is responsible for: Collecting case surveillance data through both active and passive surveillance techniques. Reviewing case reports submitted by health care provider, testing facilities and local public health departments for accuracy and completeness and contacting healthcare providers to obtain missing data or to clarify reported data. Processing electronic and paper laboratory records to identify unreported cases of HCV infection and to collect additional laboratory values on previously reported cases. Interpreting lab serology according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention┬┐s (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) HCV case definitions and HCV testing algorithms. Utilizing the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), local computer programs and package programs to collect, track and manage HCV surveillance data and related follow-up efforts. Engaging with HIV, General Epidemiology and STD Program surveillance staff to share and update information on shared cases. Using basic analysis skills to monitor data quality. Compiling and reporting data for reports, grant applications, and special projects. Assisting the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator and the HCV Epidemiologist in providing guidance and technical assistance to reporting providers regarding HCV reporting requirements, laboratory-based reporting requirements, and the use of forms. Assuring that case and laboratory surveillance data are accurate and of high quality.

The effect of this position is to ensure timely and accurate reporting of HCV case surveillance and laboratory data for the purposes of preventing further disease transmission and ensuring positive health outcomes for HCV-infected individuals.

Qualifications: 30% A. Conduct active and passive HCV case surveillance activities Compile and review newly reported cases of HCV through WEDSS case reporting, case report forms and paper laboratory report. Review incoming HCV case and HCV rapid test reports for accuracy and completeness of data. Contact reporting physician, facility or laboratory to obtain missing data or to clarify reported information. Use established protocols to enter information from HCV case report forms into the WEDSS database. Conduct routine discussions with local public health department staff to share and update information on HCV cases. Compile and report data required. Adhere to established security and confidentiality policies and procedures.

30% B. Process HCV-related laboratory data Process incoming laboratory data on a daily basis, including: -Entering paper-based laboratory data into WEDSS, -Manipulating laboratory data within WEDSS, Import electronic laboratory reports (ELR) data into WEDSS to match the laboratory data to an existing case or to generate a new case report. Use established procedures to review, interpret, and correct laboratory records that are incomplete or that have errors. Contact clinical laboratories to obtain missing or incomplete information. Interpret laboratory serology according to the CDC's and CSTE's case definition and HCV testing algorithms. Assist the HCV Epidemiologist to accommodate the reporting and/or analysis of lab tests. Use deductive reasoning to identify laboratory records that may represent new cases of HCV infection, false positives, and non-cases.

20% C. Provide courteous and professional customer service to internal and external partners Develop effective, professional working relationships with internal partners, including staff from the AIDS/HIV Program staff, WEDSS team, communicable disease, and vital records. Develop effective, professional working relationships with a variety of external partners, including physicians, nurses, infection control practitioners, public health nurses, disease intervention specialists, other states surveillance staff, and medical records staff. Identify cases of co-infection with HIV or hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and share data according to established procedures with the HIV Program. Provide technical assistance to reporting providers and laboratories on the use of forms or reporting requirements. Participate in regularly scheduled calls and/or meetings with the CDC, WEDSS and the WSLH.

20% D. Ensure case surveillance and laboratory data are complete and of high quality Assist the HCV Epidemiologist with correcting historical HCV surveillance data. Use package programs and basic data analysis skills to run analytic reports that assess data quality in order to identify errors or inconsistencies in reported case surveillance and laboratory data. Cross-check data entered by other staff or local public health departments to identify errors or inconsistencies in reported data. Run regular HCV analytic reports within the WEDSS Surveillance database and HCV rapid testing database to identify incomplete or duplicate cases and de-duplicate cases using standard procedures. Assist Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator and the HCV Epidemiologist in developing and maintaining HIV surveillance procedures that specify how to collect and process HCV case surveillance and laboratory data. Propose and implement solutions that improve the quality and completeness of HCV surveillance data.

Organization Description: Incumbent will perform duties at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health AIDS/HIV Program. 1 West Wilson Street, Room 265.

Closing Date: 8/11/2017
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Contact Name: Kelsey Gordon,  Hepatitis C Surveillance Specialist
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