Disease Investigative Specialist I/ii

Ventura County
Full Time $40,497 - $64,875 Per year CA Always Best Care Senior Services - Home Care Services in Thousand Oaks, 509 Marin St #227, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States Apply before 5/24/2024 5:00
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Overview

THE POSITION: Under supervision, this position will support the Communicable Disease Program and other professional staff in providing disease investigation and community health education services.


WHAT WE OFFER:
The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our base salary range, an employee within this position may also be eligible for the following:

  • Educational/Bilingual Incentive - Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill. 
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health Plans - You are afforded a flexible credit allowance for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Pre-tax benefit towards eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses.
  • Pension Plan - Participation in the County's defined benefit pension plan. If eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as CalPERS.
  • Holidays - 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
  • To learn more about the benefits, please follow the link below:
PAYROLL TITLE(S): Health Education Assistant I/II
 
APPROXIMATE SALARIESHealth Education Assistant I:  $19.47 - $27.23 per hour
Health Education Assistant II: $22.21 - $31.19 per hour
 
AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  
Health Care Agency - Public Health
 
Health Education Assistant I and II are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.
 
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies for this position only. There is currently one (1) Regular full-time vacancy.
 
NOTE:  If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.
 
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
OPENING DATE:
May 10, 2024
CLOSING DATE: May 24, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensures clients adhere to treatment and monitoring protocols by maintaining regular contact to evaluate communicable disease status, treatment progress, access to preventive care and provide education and support;
  • Conducts disease investigations with clients and other community members at risk while maintaining professionalism and compliance with HIPAA. Interviews may be conducted in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, over the phone, in homes, motels, outdoor settings, and clinics;
  • Assesses the health needs of clients and makes recommendations regarding communicable disease treatment programs and immunizations, coordinates educational and medical resources as appropriate;
  • Uses available resources to locate clients who are or may have been exposed to communicable diseases;
  • Professional communication with Public Health Nurses, state representatives, physicians, laboratory personnel and other medical providers regarding communicable disease cases, contacts, locations, and other demographics;
  • Engages with various diverse population groups and organizations to provide outreach, establish trust and rapport, organize educational activities on communicable disease symptoms, transmission, testing, treatment, public health laws and available community resources;
  • Participates in collaborative efforts aimed at communicable disease prevention;
  • Participates and provides input for health surveys;
  • Upon completion of training, performs preliminary specimen collection of blood, urine, skin, and/or saliva diagnostic tests on clients to ascertain exposure to communicable diseases; 
  • Drives throughout Ventura County for miscellaneous business needs, such as transporting clients to medical appointments, participating in outreach events, performing worksite contact investigations, performing home visits for education, outreach or testing, etc.; and, 

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
Health Education Assistant I:Two (2) years of experience as a Community Health Worker or Program Aide in community health or related services
 
Health Education Assistant II: Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a major in health education, sociology, home economics, biological science, psychology, education, or a related field
OR
one (1) year of experience equivalent to a Health Education Assistant I.
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid driver license issued by the state of California at the hire date
  • Must be willing and able to work with patients/clients exposed to communicable diseases
DESIRED:
  • Experience working in Ventura County Medical Center or Public Health Department
  • Experience with CalREDIE and CalCONNECT
  • Experience investigating communicable diseases
  • Experience conducting health screenings
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams)
  • Experience using social media platforms 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
 
Working knowledge of:
  • Communicable diseases, 
  • Disease investigation
  • Medical terminology
  • Public Health Services 
  • Communicable disease data, risk factors, prevention efforts, and resources;
General knowledge of:
  • Community resources and services; 
  • Educational methods and materials; and,
  • Channels of public information.
Working ability to:
  • Communicate professionally with diverse populations and various stakeholders and providers using various tools such as phone, email, and social media; 
  • Give directions and explanations which are clear and understood; 
  • Speak and write effectively; 
  • Gain support and cooperation of individuals and groups; 
  • Learning statistical principles and procedures; 
  • Identify neighborhood leaders and work with them in the development of effective health education projects;
  • Safely drive a vehicle; 
  • Speak/write/read in Spanish;
  • Collect various specimen types, including blood, urine, skin, and saliva.
Supplemental Information:
Duties performed may include exposure to bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, and any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood.
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