Public Service Administrator, OPT 6C (Hai Prevention Epidemiologist)
Illinois Department of Public Health
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 26-24-0079
The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking a Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Epidemiologist to serve in the Epidemiology Unit within the HAI and Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Program. Coordinates a comprehensive approach to prevent the spread of novel and targeted multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) and HAIs. Conducts needs assessment for MDRO prevention activities and works closely with healthcare facilities, laboratories, and other stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate the Illinois MDRO Prevention Workplan. Analyzes, interprets, and applies data to prioritize healthcare facilities for MDRO colonization screenings and prevention efforts. Provides technical assistance and training to local health departments, laboratories, and healthcare facilities related to MDRO prevention. Supervises HAI epidemiology staff. Participates in developing grant applications for the HAI/AR Program.
Conducts needs assessments for activities to prevent multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) and works closely with healthcare facilities, laboratories, and other stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate the Illinois MDRO Prevention Workplan.
Provides technical assistance and training to local health departments, laboratories, and healthcare facilities related to healthcare associated infections (HAI) and MDRO prevention.
Directs and performs surveillance, investigation, response, and reporting for novel and targeted MDROs and HAIs.
Participates in regional and national efforts related to HAI and MDRO prevention to share best practices and maintain up-to-date knowledge on current guidance and standards in the field.
Serves as working supervisor.
Participates in developing grant applications for the HAI/AR program
Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.
Requires possession of a Bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, demography, bio-statistics, sociology, psychology, economics or related social science research field from an accredited university.
Requires four years of professional experience in applied epidemiology, bio-statistics, or in population, or a related research field.
Three years’ experience related to healthcare associated infections or other infectious diseases.
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques related to epidemiology, public health and disease outbreak investigations.
Three years’ professional experience communicating in writing and orally with a variety of audiences.
Three years’ experience leading teams.
Three years of experience using REDCap and SAS.
Three years of experience with organizing and managing multiple projects, with high attention to deadlines.
Three years of experience analyzing programs and associated functions to develop an effective course of action.
One year experience with standard software applications, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
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.