Job Details

Disease Intervention Specialist

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 06/18/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

Annually: $48,582.40 - $61,216.63
Hourly: $23.356923 - $29.431073


In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.
This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


Clackamas County Public Health is looking for two, culturally sensitive health professionals to fill vacancies for a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS).
The DIS roles are to identify, locate, notify, and refer for examination and/or treatment to persons infected or at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections; to collaborate with medical providers, and navigate health care systems to ensure patient evaluation and treatment; and to do other work as required.
The Public Health Division within the Department of Health, Housing and Human Services promotes and protects the health of County residents through population-based programs and services. These include population health surveillance, nutrition education and support through WIC, emergency planning and response, vital records, community engagement to identify and address health problems, communicable disease control, and food safety measures. Other services include immunizations, school based health clinics, and family planning services provided in conjunction with the County’s Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC).
The Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is responsible for identifying and obtaining treatment for carriers of infectious disease and their identified contacts with a focus on sexually transmitted infections (STI). The DIS conducts case investigations, including but not limited to office and field work investigation and provide consultation and guidance to community healthcare providers regarding current STIs testing and treatment guidelines.
Successful candidates will have expertise in essential skills such as communication, interviewing, counseling, case analysis, and provider and community engagement. The most competitive candidates will have knowledge of disease surveillance and investigation methods as well as infectious disease management and control with experience in adult learning and health care education. In addition, competitive candidates will have experience collaborating with community partners and engaging in meetings with a variety of stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will have experience interpreting lab results with a strong working knowledge of STIs/HIV and recommended guidelines as well as experience working with a government agency in a grant-driven environment.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Experience with infectious disease case investigation and case management
• Experience with field work and community education and health promotion
• Ability to maintain confidentiality with patient health information
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and the public
• Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to clearly and effectively communicate with diverse groups
• Proficient in Microsoft Office operating systems (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Spanish/English bilingual skills
• A Bachelor's Degree or higher in a health related field such as biology, microbiology, chemistry, counseling, psychology, behavioral science, public health, social science, health education or related field
• At least one year of experience in public health investigation and research (or related field)
• At least one year of experience working in STI/HIV prevention, infectious disease surveillance, or other public health surveillance, investigative or prevention work
• Experience interpreting lab results
• Experience working with a government agency
*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
1. CASE INVESTIGATION: Interprets laboratory results for standard STI tests; Investigates reported, suspected and potential cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV; Investigates partner contacts of reported cases, ensure testing and treatment are completed by contacts, and completes case reports.
2. CLIENT INTERACTION AND CASE MANAGEMENT: Conducts interviews of clients diagnosed with or potentially exposed to communicable diseases, including HIV and STIs; Provides confidential counseling, referral to testing and other services for clients and named contacts of STIs and HIV infected persons; Analyzes electronic medical records to ensure adequate treatment has been completed per CDC/OHA recommended guidelines.
3. KNOWLEDGE AND OUTREACH: Keeps current with recommended treatments for a variety of STIs; Works closely with physicians and other healthcare providers to inform them of proper testing, reporting, and treatment protocols for STIs, including HIV; Keeps current with local, state and national and international disease trends and outbreaks.
4. COLLABORATION: Collaborates with community partners to increase the availability, accessibility, and utilization of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to high-risk individuals, and refers clients to providers for PrEP education and consultation; Collaborates with local and state partners to improve targeted STIs and HIV testing; Acts as a consultant to other staff and partners on STIs and HIV.
5. DATABASE USAGE AND ENTRY: Maintains STIs/HIV surveillance system for reportable STIs, including laboratory screening; Analyzes case information, documentation and case completion in required databases; Conducts data entry and updates to ORPHEUS database for the purpose of tracking HIV/STI reporting; Ensures accurate management of detail in data entry and case reporting within multiple medical records.
6. STD & HIV PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT: Assists management with development of policies and procedures on individual patient management, diagnosis and treatment guidelines, lab procedures, and counseling techniques.
7. FIELD WORK: Uses ground-level investigative skills to conduct Field Visits in the community for the purpose of case investigation and community outreach; Engages in community education and health promotion.
8. DIS MEETINGS, TRAININGS AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT: May include: Public Health Accreditation Board's DIS Certification National Advisory Committee; NACCHO's HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis Sentinel Network; National Network of STD clinical Prevention Training Centers; Participates & hosts (as assigned) DIS Quad County group meetings; Local and state public health meetings and other local partner meetings.
9. IDCP ADMIN BACK-UP: Provides administrative and phone coverage; Conducts animal bite interviews, specimen collection and preparation; Conducts field investigation and other field-based activities, including specimen collection, directly observed therapy and community outreach; Collection of data, processing lab reports, and preparation of program reports.
10. IDCP TEAM DUTIES: Provides outbreak and emergency response; Attends and participates in team huddles, meetings, QI meetings and projects; Attends and participates in Quad County communicable disease meetings; Participates in the annual Oregon Epidemiologists trainings and conferences, as approved by the Infectious Disease Program Manager.
11. IDCP CASE BACK-UP: Provides back up support to teammates with complaint interviews and case investigations; Conducts food borne illness complaint interviews and data entry & coordinates with Environment Health as needed; Assists with emerging infectious disease response.


Working Knowledge of: Principles, policies, procedures, methods, and techniques specific to infectious disease control, prevention, and public health; principles and practices of field investigation; interviewing and motivational counseling techniques and principles; confidentiality guidelines; communicable disease etiology, manifestations, progression, diagnosis, and treatment; medical and drug terminology; laboratory testing procedures; lab report analysis for infectious diseases; epidemiology, contact investigation, tracing, and notification of communicable diseases; all types of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly reportable sexually transmitted diseases: their health effects, methods of transmission, prevention, treatment, and effect on families and social institutions; availability of community resources and methods to ensure that patients are linked to care; record keeping procedures and basic statistical methods; personal safety techniques.
Skill to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, and the public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; work independently; relate to a wide variety of people of varying ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and needs; apply concepts of cultural sensitivity; maintain records; operate computer software and other office equipment; follow written and verbal instructions; prepare and present written materials and oral presentations for the public.


The Public Health Division is responsible and plays a critical role with public health emergency preparedness. The Public Health Division is responsible for ensuring the public and County staff are well educated and that County employees are prepared for any emergencies. All Public Health employees are expected to be involved and participate in all emergency preparedness trainings and drills.


This position works 37.5 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.
Some positions may involve exposure to bodily fluids and routine contact with individuals who have communicable diseases. Some positions may involve frequent exposure to hostile and/or disturbed clients. Duties in the field require occasional visits to community facilities and client living locations.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.
The health of a community is a key indicator about its quality of life. At Clackamas County Public Health, we are committed to improving the quality of life in Clackamas County by offering services and engaging in activities that protect and promote the health of its residents.
Public Health's Mission
Promote and assist individuals, families & communities to be healthy, safe and thrive. By working with our communities, Public Health assures conditions that:
• Prevent injury & disease
• Promote health
• Protect food, water & air
• Prepare for emergencies
Public Health is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.
We are requesting a Cover Letter be included that describes your interest and qualifications for the position.

Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

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