Covid-19 Confinement Facility Outbreak Coordinator

at PHMC
Published September 18, 2022
Location Philadelphia, PA
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  

Description

PHMC is proud to be a leader in public health. PHMC requires that all employees are fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine before the first day of employment.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its Acute Communicable Disease Program (ACD), is responsible for the surveillance, investigation, prevention, and control of all reportable acute communicable diseases in Philadelphia with the exception of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, and multi-drug resistant organisms. The ACD program is made up of disease surveillance investigators, nurses, physicians, and epidemiologists who coordinate regularly with local healthcare facilities, laboratories, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Philadelphia residents to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

The COVID-19 Confinement Facility Outbreak Coordinator will take a lead role in working with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center, and prison release programs in Philadelphia to prevent, investigate, and contain outbreaks of COVID-19. This position will identify and monitor COVID-19 outbreaks in confinement settings and provide infection control guidance to these facilities.This position will work closely with staff from the ACD and Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Programs as well as infectious disease clinicians from the PDPH Division of Disease Control on COVID-19 outbreak response and preparedness for other communicable disease outbreaks. The Coordinator will also work with Infection Preventionists or staff responsible for infection prevention at facilities to provide advice on best practices and help them implement strategies to contain outbreaks.

This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Monitor individual case reports and internal reports to identify cases associated with confinement settings
  • Coordinate ongoing surveillance and investigation for COVID-19 with confinement facilities
  • Quickly provide guidance on implementing infection control strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Work closely with other staff to identify materials or support needed for COVID-19 infection control and prevention in confinement facilities
  • Coordinate laboratory testing with public health reference laboratories
  • Provide data support when needed for onsite specimen collection and vaccination clinics
  • Connect confinement facility infection prevention and clinical staff to trainings and resources for COVID-19 and general infection prevention and control
  • Monitor and provide updates on changes to guidance for the mitigation of COVID-19 in confinement facilities to internal and external partners
  • Promote COVID-19 prevention activities within confinement facilities including train the trainer presentations or webinars for confinement facility staff
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings to discuss communicable disease response, prevention, and preparedness in confinement facilities
  • Support COVID-19 outbreak response in other congregate living settings as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or nursing degree, preferably in epidemiology or a related public health or laboratory field
  • Excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize and present information effectively
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel), REDCap, or similar data management software.
  • Knowledge of SAS software or previous data management experience is highly desirable
  • Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes
  • Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department
  • Valid driver’s license is required in order to facilitate local travel for investigation activities

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice.

Supervision:

  • This position reports directly to the Program Manager of the Acute Communicable Disease Program.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Annual salary is $55,000 per year. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package consisting of medical and dental coverage, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, and a retirement plan.
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