Rapid Response Team Epidemiologist

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin, TX
Under supervision of the Branch Manager and with guidance from the team leader, performs advanced (senior-level) investigative and consultative epidemiological work in the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease branch related to gastrointestinal illnesses. Collects and analyzes, interprets, and distributes epidemiological data on food borne illness in Texas. May supervise the work of others in data collection. Provides telephonic and electronic technical consultation to public health professionals, healthcare providers, and the general public on the epidemiology of food borne illnesses and assists these partners in any food borne illness outbreak investigations. Prepares public health information, training materials, and investigative tools for food borne illness surveillance and investigation. Essential Job Functions:

(40%) Epidemiologic investigations and studies: Participates in gastrointestinal (GI) illness outbreak investigations and studies by coordinating data collection with local and regional health department partners, abstracting medical data from hospital and medical records, designing or modifying questionnaires or report forms, interviewing patients, coordinating collection and transport of clinical specimens, performing data analysis using statistical programs, assisting with recommendations for control measures. Analyzes and interprets epidemiological data, including laboratory findings on food borne illnesses. Creates, maintains, and distributes databases using applications such as Excel, Access and EpiInfo.(25%) Communicates information about epidemiologic investigations and studies: Prepares reports and graphs of surveillance and investigation data using Power Point, Excel, Access, EpiInfo and National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Disseminate data reports to internal and external partners. Gives oral presentations on surveillance data and epidemiological investigations for professional and lay audiences. Assist in the development of disease fact sheets, pamphlets, brochures and press bulletins. May assist in preparing articles for publication in journals. Provide telephonic and electronic technical consultations to public health professionals, health care providers, and the general public on the epidemiology of GI illnesses and its prevention and control. Prepare GI illness data for posting to the web (20%) Provides leadership for investigation of food and water-borne disease in Texas: Serve as a member of the Texas Rapid Response Team (TRRT) and provide epidemiology support to the TRRT in planning for and responding to food-borne illness outbreaks. Coordinate with local and regional health department partners on inter-jurisdictional cluster and outbreak investigations of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses. Serves as a point of contact with CDC for interstate cluster and outbreak investigations of GI illness. Recommend measures for prevention and control of GI illnesses. Working with Branch staff, develops protocols, procedures, and training materials related to cluster and outbreak investigations. Participate in training regional and local staff in cluster and outbreak investigation methods. Develop and disseminates data collection instruments. Request and collates information collected during cluster and outbreak investigations of GI illnesses. Coordinates establishment and implementation of activities to improve outbreak response for food borne illnesses(10%) Surveillance activities: Provides consultation to local and regional health department staff on utilization of NEDSS. Performs some data entry; monitors data quality. Retrieves data from the Department's laboratory information system (LabWare), NEDSS, Bionumerics, and CDC's sharepoint site. (5%) Other Duties as Assigned: Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or locations.Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles and methods of epidemiology and related biostatisticsKnowledge of infectious diseases, especially gastrointestinal infectious diseasesAbility to plan, conduct, and report on epidemiological investigationsAbility to communicate effectively orally and in writingAbility to interpret laboratory results and apply them in outbreak investigationsAbility to build and manage databases Ability to analyze data and apply findings in outbreak investigationsAbility to supervise the work of others, especially those working off-siteSkill in the use of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and statistical softwareSkill in the use of NEDSS, and LabwareRegistration or Licensure Requirements:

N/AInitial Selection Criteria:

A master's degree with a focus in epidemiology and = 2 years' work experience in epidemiology in a public health agency OR•A doctoral-level degree in epidemiologyOR•Other non-epidemiology graduate degree or certification (e.g., RN, MD/DO, DDS/DMD, DVM, PhD, MS) with at least four years of epidemiological experience.Additional Information:

An in-basket exercise will be required at the time of the interview.MOS Code:

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68S, 60C, HM, 230X, 4E0X1, 43HX, 43MX, 43EX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx. Must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

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