Position Overview The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist inconducting vaccine coverage level assessment activities statewide at public vaccine providers,including but not limited to Vaccines for Children (VFC) sites and Federally Qualified Health Centersites (FQHC). Conducts annual clinic reviews at local health departments to monitor compliancewith the requirements of the VFC program and other federal programs. Job Responsibilities 1. Travels to assist in conducting vaccine coverage level assessment activities of public vaccineproviders, including but not limited to Vaccines for Children (VFC) provider sites and FederallyQualified Health Center sites (FQHC). Conducts retrospective assessment activities as required by the federal immunization grantand other federal programs to validate reported immunization levels at day care centers andschools. 2. Conducts annual clinic reviews at local health departments to monitor compliance with therequirements of the VFC program and other federal programs. Records essential elements of quality assurance and quality improvement methods. Conducts training and orientation programs for local health professionals to ensure vaccineproviders are knowledge in current recommendations regarding immunizations and theepidemiological follow-up of vaccine preventable diseases. 3. Assists in maintaining and refining a system that monitors VFC provider participation andvaccine accountability. Acts as first point of contact for local providers that have questions or require technicalassistance, and escalates provider needs to supervisor or central office as appropriate. Provides information of interest to local providers. Assists in the promotion of program development to increase immunization levels. Job Responsibilities (cont) 4. Provides technical assistance to local health professionals to ensure that suspected cases ofvaccine preventable diseases are investigated, documented and appropriate outbreak controlmeasures are implemented. 5. Participates in meetings of health professionals, school administrators and the public inconnection with childhood, adolescent and adult immunization initiatives. 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 science. Requires one year professional experience in a health education or investigation program inthe public or private sector, or completion of an approved training program. Preferred Qualifications 1. Working knowledge of the methods of transmission of communicable diseases and outbreakcontrol. 2. Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, biological or physical sciences, or other healthrelated degree. 3. One year experience working in a healthcare setting. 4. Advanced skills in oral and written communication. 5. One year experience in planning and organization. 6. One year experience working with government social service programs (e.g., WIC, Medicaid,local health department services, etc.). Conditions of Employment Requires a valid Drivers’ License. Requires the ability to travel. Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 to 5:00 Work Location: 2125 South 1st St. Suite 309, Champaign, IL 61820-7499 Agency Contact Email: DPH.HRApplications@illinois.gov Phone #: 217-785-2031
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.