Public Service Administrator, Opt 6F - Foodborne, Vectorborne and Water Epidemiologist
Illinois Department of Public Health
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Salary: $7,234 - $11,031/month
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 50-24-0161
The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Foodborne and Waterborne Disease Coordinator. This position is responsible for reviewing information on new outbreaks, assuring that information is given to local health departments to appropriately guide their investigations, providing technical assistance through regional staff to local health department personnel on investigation of outbreaks and applies epidemiologic principles to the design, implementation and evaluation of outbreak investigations. In addition, this position maintains a computer database on records of outbreaks, assuring that documentation is submitted that thoroughly describes methods and activities involved in outbreak investigation, reviewing completed outbreak files, determining whether a vehicle can be established as the source, and determine whether an etiologic agent can be established for the outbreak.
1. Reviews information on new outbreaks, assures that information is given to regional staff and local health departments to appropriately guide their investigations.
Provides technical assistance through regional staff to local health department personnel on investigation of outbreaks and applies epidemiological principles to the design, implementation, and evaluation of outbreak investigations.
2. Maintains a computer database on records of outbreaks, assures that documentation is submitted that thoroughly describes methods and activities involved in outbreak investigation.
Reviews completed outbreak files, determines whether a vehicle can be established as the source.
Determines whether an etiologic agent can be established for the outbreak.
3. Writes grant applications for funds to carry out Health Protection projects and submits to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other governmental agencies and private foundations.
4. Coordinate outbreak reporting:
Ensure that updated and relevant information is included in general reporting including common web platforms, Situation Reports and other reporting mechanisms.
5. Assists other Central Office staff in interpreting and explaining Health Protection program policies related to outbreaks.
In areas without local health departments, provides this information to physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and the general public.
6. Evaluates the need for and provides training of regional staff and local health department. personnel relating to investigation of food borne, waterborne and vector borne illness.
Presents lectures and talks to professional groups and occasionally the general public, regarding the Office's outbreak investigation activities.
7. Serves as liaison to staff from the Office of Disease Control, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Laboratories, the Office of Preparedness and Response, the Office of Health Care Regulation and other state and Federal agencies to facilitate coordination of investigations.
8. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of theduties enumerated above.
Requires possession of a Bachelor's degree in Public Health, environmental health, registered nursing, microbiology, anthropology, veterinary medicine, biology, psychology, chemistry, epidemiology or a related field.
Requires four years of professional experience in environmental health, communicable disease, or infectious disease surveillance and/or control programs at the local, state or federal level.
Three years’ experience investigating individual cases of foodborne, vectorborne or waterborne disease.
Three years’ experience participating in the investigation of outbreaks of communicable disease.
Three years’ experience providing technical assistance and guidance to local health department personnel on outbreaks.
Three years’ experience maintaining a computer database on records of outbreaks.
Three years’ experience in writing grant applications.
One year experience with computer applications, including Epi-Info and Microsoft Access.
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, lif...e 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.