DISEASE INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

8214A3

Pay Grade: 23

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is technical public health work in the detection of communicable diseases.

Work involves conducting field investigations of communicable diseases by locating and counseling persons exposed to, infected with, or having a positive test for communicable diseases. Work also involves providing information to physicians, local health departments, and medical laboratories about the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the prevention, detection, and reporting of communicable diseases.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL B: "Under general supervision..." Employees working under general supervision usually receive some instructions with respect to the details of most assignments but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and subject to only periodic checks.

Difficulty - LEVEL C: Considerable - Duties which require a high degree of concentration because of the many factors which must be considered and weighed before a decision can be reached. Usually positions that require planning, developing, and coordinating programs and directing fairly large groups of people fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL D: Work is of a diversified nature that usually involves multiple, unrelated steps. Analytical thought is necessary for dealing with complex data and situations. Work often involves a variety of unrelated processes and may require planning or carrying out a sequence of actions or both. Several alternatives usually exist at this level for approaching problems or situations. Workers at this level exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by occasional review and by reporting to or consultation with supervisors or superiors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually broadly defined or technical requiring careful analysis and interpretation.

Consequences of Actions and Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.

Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.

Physical Demands - LEVEL B: The work requires light physical exertion. The employee may be required to perform handling activities with lightweight or easily moved items (e.g. books, file folders, boxes of office supplies, small machine parts, etc.); perform moving activities for brief periods; operate light equipment; perform repetitive motions for brief periods; confined to a work area.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL A: No supervisory or leadership responsibility; may explain work instructions or assist in training others.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Epidemiologist class where the responsibilities involve supervisory health investigative and analysis work in the detection, surveillance, and prevention of communicable diseases and injuries.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Conducts field epidemiology of communicable diseases outbreaks by reviewing individual reports of positive communicable diseases tests with the patient's physician, discussing diagnostic criteria and treatment regimens with the physicians, interviewing infected patients, and locating and motivating persons exposed to communicable diseases to seek medical evaluation and treatment.

Consults with physicians, hospitals, and laboratories to facilitate required reporting of communicable diseases.

Provides recommendations to and collaborates with local health department officials regarding the control of communicable diseases outbreaks based on results of field epidemiology and state and federal guidelines.

Performs on-site quality control for public and private health care providers screening for communicable diseases, including media storage, specimen collection, media inoculation, incubation, and shipment.

Presents communicable diseases lectures and in-service training to physicians, nurses, students, and civic groups.

Prepares case reports and program narratives which provide policy and procedural evaluation.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Knowledge

Knowledge of all communicable diseases, including incubation periods, periods of infectiousness, transmission, and type and amount of medicine recommended for treatment.

Knowledge of Kansas statutes and regulations and federal guidelines governing communicable diseases.

*Knowledge of laboratory techniques used to evaluate specimens for communicable diseases, of appropriate techniques to collect, preserve, and transport specimens, and of how to interpret test results.

Abilities

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and local health departments, physicians, local officials, community groups and the public.

*Ability to collaborate work with local health department personnel in testing, diagnosing, treating, counseling, maintaining medical records, and reporting of communicable diseases.

*Ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability in communicable diseases intervention techniques: interviewing, investigation, screening, and surveillance.

Ability to analyze medical-sexual situations and in the appropriate motivational techniques.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Six months experience in disease control/prevention. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.

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