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DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES Invasive-Respiratory Epidemiologist II in AUSTIN, Texas

Job/Position DescriptionWith direction from the Invasive and Respiratory Infectious Disease (IRID) Epidemiologist III, performs advanced (senior-level) epidemiological work in the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit related to invasive and respiratory infectious disease conditions. Collects, analyzes, interprets, and distributes epidemiological data on invasive and respiratory infectious diseases including outbreaks in Texas. Prepares public health information, training materials, and investigative tools for IRID disease surveillance and investigation. Coordinates 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 invasive and respiratory infectious disease and assists these partners in any invasive and respiratory illness outbreak investigations. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.Essential Job FunctionsAttends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.(35%) Epidemiologic investigations and studies: Participates in invasive and respiratory infectious disease (IRID) outbreak investigations, including legionellosis outbreaks, and studies by coordinating data collection with local and regional health department partners, abstracting medical data from hospital and medical records, designing and modifying questionnaires or report forms, interviewing patients, coordinating collection and transport of clinical specimens, performing data analysis using statistical programs, and assisting with recommendations for control measures. Analyzes and interprets epidemiological data, including laboratory findings. Creates, maintains, and distributes databases using applications such as Excel, Access, and Epi Info.(30%) Surveillance activities: Monitors the statewide surveillance system for case reports on select invasive and respiratory infectious disease pathogens in the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS); assists and provides consultation to local and regional health department staff on data entry, case classification, and other aspects of case investigations; conducts some data entry; ensures data quality, reviews and approves or rejects notifications; and oversees year-end data cleanup in the system. Assists in establishing and implementing activities to improve surveillance for invasive and respiratory illnesses, including legionellosis. (15%) Leadership: Coordinates with local and regional health department partners on inter-jurisdictional cluster and outbreak investigations. As assigned by the team lead, serves as a point of contact with CDC for multi-state cluster and outbreak investigations of invasive and respiratory illness. Recommends measures for prevention and control of invasive and respiratory infectious disease illness. Working with Unit staff, develops protocols, procedures, and training materials related to surveillance and outbreak investigations. Participates in training regional and local staff in investigation methods. Develops and disseminates data collection instruments. Requests and collates information collected during investigations of invasive and respiratory illnesses such as legionellosis. Coordinates establishment and implementation of activities to improve outbreak response.(15%) Communication: Prepares reports and graph\_profile.cfm?szOrderID=482567 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.