Requisition No: 443681
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: HEALTH EDUCATOR - 64058588
Position Number: 64058588
Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2021
Must have an associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university or two years of experience in interviewing, counseling, or conducting investigations for health care. Experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
Must have experience with using data bases and data entry. Must be in possession of a valid driver's license and reliable vehicle to use for work purposes (mileage reimbursed. Must have experience with HIV and STDs and/or a strong interest in them. Must have phlebotomy experience or the willingness to learn.
The incumbent in this position requires minimal supervision and makes independent decisions in providing direct disease and public health awareness intervention activities to CHD STD Prevention and Control Programs including but not limited to Partner Counseling and referral Services (PCRS) , epidemiological case analysis and investigations, notification, counseling, and referral services, of individuals exposed to or at risk of infection from chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, syphilis and other bacterial, biological and viral agents. This position requires a first hand knowledge of public health systems as well as professional and interpersonal skills to interact with health care clients and health care professionals and others who impact STD Prevention and Control, Public Health Awareness, and other CHD activities.
Duties will also require a knowledge of varied social, economic, cultural, and lifestyle characteristics and a skill in communicating with and eliciting information from patients and target groups with these diverse backgrounds. Minimal guidance and instruction on work methods, procedures and techniques are provided with review of activities at completion for technical adequacy, timeliness, and adherence to instructions and guidelines. All activities are performed observing federal, state, department, CHD information and security confidentiality statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. opportunity for career advancement will be provided.
The incumbent has access to the medical records department, HMS (EMR) to review charts and document information on the progress notes and in PRISM. Completes timesheets in People First and EARS in HMS in a timely manner as directed by DOH. This position primarily covers Alachua County and the surrounding area, but may provide assistance to other counties within Area 3/13 and beyond as needed.
Incumbent is responsible to communicate regularly with STD Manager/Supervisor. Incumbent is responsible to communicate regularly with STD Manager/Supervisor.
Provides PCRS in accordance with current STD Program policy to a wide variety of individuals infected with or at risk of a STD, HIV/AIDS, or other bacterial, biological and or viral agents to elicit partner and suspect information. Utilizes information for epidemiological analysis to identify the source and spread of cases related to the known infection. Conducts field investigations in accordance with current STD program policy to locate, perform venipuncture, specimen collection, and or refer for counseling, medical evaluation, and or treatment of individuals infected with or suspected to be at risk of infection for STD, HIV/AIDS or other bacterial, biological, and or viral agents.
Perform case management activities as directed in the process of discovering and or identifying individuals identified with a STD, HIV/AIDS, or other bacterial, biological and or viral agents. These activities will include but not be limited to : Work prioritization and records documentation and management , clustering, HIV pre and post test counseling, visual case analysis and epidemiological techniques, STD data entry, health education and or other related activities.
This position will also utilize text messages to notify individuals of their need for testing and/or treatment. May transport clients in state owned or personal vehicles as requested.
Provides technical assistance not considered part of routine duties including but not limited to: epidemiological assistance to other CHDs or program areas , public health awareness, and emergency response situations.
Visits to public and private clinics, clinicians, hospitals, laboratories and other health care facilities to stimulate reporting of cases and positive/reactive test results in a timely manner. (2) provide information on current diagnostic and treatment guidelines, (3) acquaint clinicians with current disease trends and their role in reducing the rate of infection in the community (4) obtain demographic, medical, or other specific client information including address, telephone number, place of employment, social security number, race , sex, date of birth, test results , diagnosis, treatment, etc.
Assist in the identification, planning and implementation of targeted screening-outreach programs based on basic analysis of disease trends and distribution among various cultural, social, economic, and subgroup populations in the community.
Assist in the identification, planning and implementation of targeted health education programs based on basic analysis of disease trends and distribution among various cultural, social, economic, and subgroup populations in the community. `
Assist program management in training new DIS staff and interns by mentoring trainees in practical applications, techniques, and procedures used to document case management activities, field investigations, reviewing for accuracy, adherence to epidemiological instructions, and completion of epidemiological and non epidemiological forms.
Completes required records and reports including case management forms, laboratory request, travel reimbursement forms, HMC/CIS, etc. in accordance with current CHD and STD program policy and procedure.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Responsible for securing the designated information set for the purposes of protecting confidentiality, data integrity, and appropriate access for all information, both confidential and public record, which is stored in hard copy or electronic formats.
Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:
The incumbent must have computer skills, effective interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, ability to draw blood or willingness to learn, a dependable personal vehicle, and must be fluent in verbal and written English.
Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):
Valid drivers license. Must have attended or be willing to attend and complete "Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Disease Infections" training, HIV 500/501, and HIV 501 update annually. Must complete Passport to Partner Services CDC training.
Other job-related requirements for this position:
Must be fingerprinted and undergo a background screening. Must be willing and able to travel within Area 3/13 and statewide in case of epidemiologic necessity.
Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
Incumbent is required to complete time sheet, work activity reports (EARs), and mandatory trainings. Trainings may be deemed mandatory by Agency, Statute, Grant, Program, or County Administrator.
Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 to 5:00 (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Work hours may vary based on emergency duty and epidemiologic necessity. The incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in shelters to perform duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.
This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration.
Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:
State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
9 Annual paid holidays
Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
Health insurance for individual or family coverage
Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
Tuition waiver available
Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums. Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!
Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:
Single coverage is $50
Family coverage is $180
Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:
Single coverage is $15
Family coverage is $64.30.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.
Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.
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