Position Overview The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to travel toindependently perform complex, technical duties required in directing the assigned Region'simmunization program. Provides consultation and technical expertise to local health departmentsand health care providers regarding current immunization policies and initiatives and providesassistance in planning and conducting their immunization services. Coordinates the field follow-upinvestigation activities leading to the completion of the annual immunization assessment surveys.Serves as working supervisor. Job Responsibilities 1. Travels to provide consultation and technical expertise to local health departments and healthcare providers regarding current immunization policies and initiatives and provides assistance inplanning and conducting their immunization services. Communicates local immunization needs and policies regarding the reporting ofcommunicable diseases to public and private providers in the assigned region. Conducts regular visits to immunization providers and periodic in-service training andeducational programs. Provides technical assistance and consultation to daycare, school and college personnel onmatters such as: proper assessment and survey methods and guidelines, immunization rulesand regulation compliance, reporting of communicable disease and development and implementation of in-school immunization clinics and initiates in response to low immunizationlevels and disease outbreaks in the schools. 2. Serves as working supervisor: Assigns and reviews work Provides guidance and training to assigned staff Counsels staff regarding work performance Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs Establishes annual goals and objectives Approves time off Prepares and signs performance evaluations Job Responsibilities (continued) 3. Coordinates the field follow-up investigation activities leading to the completion of the annualimmunization assessment surveys. Monitors the distribution and accountability of vaccines supplied to public clinics to ensureminimum wastage. Coordinates implementation/maintenance of the immunization tracking system with public andprivate providers in this region. 4. Coordinates regional activities to ensure that all immunization diseases, primarily measles, arereported within the required time frames and appropriate control measures are implemented. These activities include intensified dissemination of educational and motivational informationto the public and health professionals, surveillance contacts and initiation of containmentclinics to prevent further disease spread. 5. Work with various day care center directors, Head Start Program personnel, Health SystemsAgency representatives, Department of Children and Family Services field representatives, localhealth department nurses and other health care providers in a concerted effort to coordinateimmunization motivational/educational campaigns. 6. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of theduties enumerated above .
Minimum Qualifications Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years ofcollege with courses in health education, physical and biological sciences. Requires three years professional experience in a health education or investigation programin the public or private sector. Preferred Qualifications Working knowledge of the methods of transmission of communicable diseases and outbreakcontrol. One year experience supervising subordinate employees. Masters in Public Health or related master’s degree. One year experience working in public health, immunizations, or communicable disease field. One year experience working with government social service programs (e.g., WIC, Medicaid,local health department services, etc.). Advanced skills in oral and written communication. One year working experience in planning and organization
In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant, required hospital or nursing home care, vacationed at a campground or swam at a public beach or pool, drank a glass of milk, got married or divorced ,had a baby, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way.
Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH.
In fact, IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering. ...Today, life expectancy is 80 years for women and 74 years for men compared with fewer than 50 years at the at the beginning of the 20th century.
In the past, IDPH directed state efforts to control smallpox, cholera and typhoid, virtually eliminated polio, reduced dental decay through fluoridation of community water supplies, and corrected sanitary conditions that threatened water and food supplies.
Today, IDPH has programs to deal with persistent problems that require continued vigilance – infectious diseases, such as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and meningococcal disease; foodborne and communicable diseases, such as E. coli 0157: H7, monkeypox, salmonella and West Nile virus; vaccine preventable diseases; lead poisoning; lack of health care in rural areas; health disparities among racial groups, breast, cervical and prostate cancer; Alzheimer's disease; and other health threats -- sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence, and other conditions associated with high-risk behaviors. In addition, IDPH has been charged with handling the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of bioterrorism.
IDPH, which is one of the state's oldest agencies, was first organized in 1877 with a staff of three and a two-year budget of $5,000. IDPH, now has an annual budget of $2.9 billion in state and federal funds, headquarters in Springfield and Chicago, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories, and 1,200 employees.
IDPH is organized into 12 offices, each of which addresses a distinct area of public health. Each office operates and supports numerous ongoing programs and is prepared to respond to extraordinary situations as they arise.