King CountySeattle 98104
Temporary

Demonstrated experience interviewing and eliciting (the act of obtaining, drawing out, or bringing out responses of others) information regarding sensitive individual personal behaviors.

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Disease Research And Intervention Specialist

King County
Temporary 16 per week Public Health - Seattle & King County, 908 Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 10/8/2023 11:59
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Overview

This position is for one Partner Services Disease Research and Intervention Specialist (DRIS) that will work out of the. This position will perform disease intervention activities associated with the control and prevention of STDs. 

This TLT position is anticipated to last through December 2024. 

This recruitment will be used to fill additional vacancies that occur within the next 6 months. 

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice: Named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

The county government has a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from all communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

We recognize that structural racism consists of principles and practices that cause and justify an inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across racial groups. Since declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis in June 2020, King County and Public Health committed to being intentionally anti-racist and accountable to Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.

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Job Duties
  • Interview patients diagnosed with STDs/HIV and elicit detailed information about personal behaviors as well as partner names, identifying information and other information.
  • Willingness to work in Correctional facilities.
  • Elicit detailed medical information from providers for case reporting-, including contacting providers to verify patient and treatment information.
  • Contact untreated patients and notify exposed partners to arrange for examination, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment.
  • Input and maintenance of electronic health data; ensure accuracy and completeness of data for control and evaluation.
  • Ensure adequate and timely treatment for pregnant patients and their partners.
  • Monitor std’s labs across pregnancy for possible re-infection or treatment failure.
  • Locate patients and their sex/needle sharing partners through investigative processes.
  • Conduct field visits to locate sex/needle sharing partners.
  • Supply community health providers with STD/HIV clinical care standards and regulatory and reporting requirements.
  • Conduct HIV pre- and post-testing and counseling, perform venipuncture for blood testing and collect STD specimens.
  • Educate patients about health risks and explore, promote, and motivate patients toward behavioral changes to reduce risks.
  • Assure confidentiality of all records, data, and information as required by section, department, state and/or federal regulation.
  • Interpret laboratory test and other diagnostic testing results, inform patients of results and link positive patients to treatment/care.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated experience interviewing and eliciting (the act of obtaining, drawing out, or bringing out responses of others) information regarding sensitive individual personal behaviors.
  • Knowledge of HIV and STD transmission modes, symptoms, and implications.
  • Ability to provide HIV/STD health information simply and concisely.
  • Willingness and comfort working with vulnerable populations including those experiencing homelessness, mental health, and substance use
  • Experience conducting outreach to locate patients for treatment and care
  • Experience with data entry.
  • Ability to protect Public Health Information (PHI) and other confidential information.
  • Ability to follow procedures/protocols and apply them to unpredictable situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Venipuncture experience or willingness to be trained in blood draws.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of medical terminology, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, respectful working relationships.
  • Able to speak and write effectively resulting in good notes and reports.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in making decisions.
  • Experience with computer applications including Word, Excel, Access, and web browsing.
  • Comfort making unsolicited calls (cold calls) for both patients and providers
  • Comfort with and ability to elicit detailed sexual histories from all sexual orientations and genders
  • Possess a valid WA State driver's license or ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire and willing and able to drive a county vehicle in the day and nighttime hours.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire. CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Fluency in Spanish
Supplemental Information

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Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.


To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • Job Application
  • Supplemental Questions (The responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough and complete and will be used in the screening process) 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to . 
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
  • Documentation of current BLS CPR certification with AED training required at time of hire.  CPR/AED Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
If you are the successful candidate for the position(s), as a condition of your employment, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the medical clinic(s) outlined in this job posting prior to your start date.  To ensure this condition is met, prior to your start date, the county will send you a conditional offer letter requesting you to provide proof of vaccination.

Work Location: This position will work at the Public Health Sexual Health Clinic located within Harborview Medical Center.

Telecommuting:
The work associated with this position will be performed through teleworking (up to 16 hours a week from home) with reporting to the clinic the remainder of the time. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 
King County has a robust collection of  to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.   

This TLT position is anticipated to last through December 2024. 

Union Affiliation:
This position is represented by the WSCCCE L21 Labor Union. 

Contact: If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, Human Resource Analyst at      


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