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DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES Healthcare-Associated Epidemiologist in EL PASO, Texas

Job/Position DescriptionUnder supervision of the Healthcare Safety Investigations Group manager, Serves as subject matter expert and performs senior-level epidemiological work related to the reporting and control and prevention of health care associated infections (HAI) and outbreak response for designated region(s). Regional Epidemiologist will be deployable to other regions within the state to assist with response to emerging and infectious disease outbreaks. Initiates, plans, develops, and directs surveillance and advanced epidemiological investigations or studies. Evaluates readiness of facilities to respond to Ebola or other infectious diseases in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) facility designation and evaluation tool(s). Collects, manages, evaluates, and disseminates data for epidemiologic investigations of HAIs. Develops training for health care facility staff on implementation of HAI outbreak reporting and infection prevention. In collaboration with the regional and local health departments, prepares and presents speeches, technical reports, and briefings on infection prevention, and investigations to Health Service Region administration, local health departments, professional organizations, and health care facility staff. Develops recommendations to management on budget, grants, contracts, staffing needs, policies and procedures as needed. Responds to public inquiries regarding HAIs. In collaboration with central office infection prevention program(s), consults with physicians and hospital administrators on epidemiology Essential Job FunctionsAttends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. 45% Epidemiologic investigations and facility assessments Initiates, plans, develops, oversees, and directs epidemiological studies, surveillance projects, Ebola-designated assessment facility readiness and investigations of infections and/or designated preventable adverse events in health care facilities. Coordinates investigations with local health department staff, other state agencies, and/or health care facility staff. Leads field investigations of outbreaks in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, dialysis centers, burn institutes, and nursing homes. Assembles appropriate epidemiological and laboratory resources to address disease outbreak investigations. Abstracts and interprets medical information. Assures appropriate communication and dissemination of findings and recommendations. Provides epidemiologic consultations to medical and public health professionals, infection prevention professionals, other DSHS programs, and agencies on issues of disease reporting, investigation, and prevention in health care facilities. Implements agency policies with medical and public health professionals, infection prevention professionals, and agencies. Reviews, evaluates, and revises policies, procedures, and guidelines for reporting and prevention of HAI. Develops recommendations to management on data validation processes and procedures. 35% Leadership and education Assesses health care facility training needs and makes recommendations for training. Develops and participates in conducting educational programs on the epidemiology, prevention, and reporting of HAI. Serves as a HAI subject matter expert with infection prevention community in designated HSRs. Assists with establishing priorities for the Healthcare Safety Program and implements them. Assists other staff with comp\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=496607 Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.