Job Posting: May 9, 2018, 3:38:56 PM Closing Date: May 24, 2018, 4:59:00 AM Full-time Shift Start Time: 8:30 A.M. Shift End Time: 4:30 P.M.
Collective Bargaining Unit: AFSCME Health and Hospital Systems Posting Salary: $23.335
Organization: Health and Hospital Systems
LO CATION: Department of Public Health – Comm. Disease Control & Prevention
7556 W. Jackson Blvd. Forest Park, IL 60130
Under the supervision of the Epidemiologist IV, functions as a specialist in communicable disease investigation. Interviews persons with reported communicable diseases, evaluates the information collected and implements disease control measures in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health's Rules and Regulations for the Control of Communicable Diseases. Conducts investigations for suspected food-borne illnesses with appropriate referrals to environmental health for team investigation of food establishments. Enters case information into electronic databases; investigates and closes cases in internal and external electronic databases, including, but not limited to, the Illinois-National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS) database.
· Investigates suspected, probable or confirmed cases of communicable diseases as assigned.
· Takes detailed information on food-borne complaints.
· Counsels clients about general communicable diseases in suburban Cook County, including, but not limited to, descriptive epidemiology, typical signs and symptoms of communicable diseases, incubation period, period of communicability, prevention, and exclusion criteria where necessary.
· Conducts field investigations at restaurants and/or other facilities, interviews food handlers and other employees to identify, restrict, counsel and refer to treatment persons with potential food-borne illnesses in coordination with environmental health.
· Monitors, investigates and enters information into internal and external databases (l-NEDSS); electronically completes cases as appropriate.
· Routinely runs and reviews reports in l-NEDSS and/or other surveillance systems as necessary.
· Bachelor's Degree or higher, in Public Health or in the natural sciences from an accredited college or university
(official transcripts required at time of interview)
· One (1) year professional experience in the area of communicable disease control and field investigation or equivalent.
· Position requires moderate to heavy local travel for which the employee must possess a valid driver's license and insured vehicle or otherwise provide an acceptable and reliable means of transportation.
· Must be trained and certified in NIMS FEMA IS -100.b and 700.a Management within six months of employment
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).
· Bilingual English/Spanish
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
· Knowledge of microbiology, infectious disease epidemiology and basic statistics.
· Knowledge of computer software packages including word processing, database and spreadsheet software.
· Effective written and verbal communication skills.
· Ability to work independently.
· Ability to elicit information from and provide information to clients with a variety of educational, social and ethnic backgrounds.
· Ability to travel throughout Cook County.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
· Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
· Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.