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HEALTH THREATS INVESTIGATOR, Public Health

at Tarrant County

Posted: 10/14/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2568724
Keywords: hospital, health

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary

 

  • Monitor, investigate, and coordinate activities for Public Health Department response to health threats in the community.  
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to ensure the timeliness of critical disaster data collection, evaluation, and dissemination for a prompt public health response.
  • Maintain a strong professional relationship with members of the disaster response partners at the local, state, and national level.  
  • Works to improve the surveillance and guidance provided on syndromic surveillance of health threats.  
  • Conduct investigations of other diseases of public health importance.

Grant funded.

Salary is effective October 1, 2019.
 
Posting may close at any time.

Tarrant County employees enjoy superior health, retirement, and insurance benefits.
For more information, please click on the link below:

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/human-resources/employee-benefits.html
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates in a multidisciplinary team for rapid response and disease intervention such as natural disaster, bioterrorism, or disease outbreak.  May work in the field as part of an investigation.
  2. Monitors and recommends improvements to disease surveillance systems including but not limited to syndromic surveillance.
  3. Develops and maintains liaisons with hospitals, local preparedness partners, hazard monitoring agents, law enforcement, and emergency management officials to ensure proper coordination in the event of a disaster.
  4. Drafts and recommends epidemiology preparedness policies and protocols for the epidemiology and health information division.
  5. Trains health department personnel and community partners in identifying biological threat information received from the general public, hospital personnel, and public safety officials.
  6. Conducts quality assurance reviews of surveillance activities, hospitals, and physician offices.
  7. Participates in the department's emergency preparedness and response efforts.
  8. Participates with and sometimes leads task forces and ad hoc committees to carry out epidemiology and public health activities.
  9. Conducts and leads epidemiologic investigations of new cases or outbreaks.  Submits completed case reports and required summary reports.
  10. Prepares periodic reports and responds to requests for surveillance data.
  11. Participates in rotation of 24/7 call for communicable disease reports.
  12. Performs all other related duties involved in the operation of the Public Health Department as assigned or required.

Minimum Requirements


NOTE: YOU MUST FILL OUT THE WORK HISTORY and EDUCATION SECTIONS OF APPLICATION TO SHOW YOU HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION AS REQUIRED BY HIRING DEPARTMENT OR BE DISQUALIFIED.

TO APPLY, must have a Bachelor's degree + Three (3) full-time years of public health work experience
OR
TO APPLY, must have a Master's degree or higher One (1) full-time year of public health work experience.
Degree in epidemiology, nursing, public health, sociology, humanities, psychology, science, or a related field preferred for Bachelor's degree and public health degree preferred for Master's degree.

TO APPLY, must possess a valid and current driver licenseNote:  A Texas driver license is required to hold the position.

Previous experience in health-related field with knowledge of disease investigation protocols, reporting procedures, and data analysis desirable.  

Ability to gather information and possess strong organizational skills.  

Must be able to write and prepare reports of investigations.  

Must have computer and data management knowledge.  

Spanish language ability is highly preferred.  

Knowledge of MS Office and data management software required.  

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.  
 
If hired, must provide proof of educational attainment
at New Hire Processing or during the promotional process.
 
Tarrant County will conduct background checks on new hires that will include a criminal background check related to convictions and deferred adjudications in the past seven years and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records and educational attainment. A conviction or deferred adjudication is not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered individually.
 

Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements

While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, lift, push and pull.