PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR

    • Houston, TX

POSITION OVERVIEW

Applications accepted from:All Persons Interested

Division:Disease& Prevention Control
Section:Tuberculosis ControlWorkdays & Hours:Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Subject to change

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Houston Health Department is currently searching for a skilled individual to perform the following essentialjob functions as a Public Health Investigator.

  • Deliver and supervise patients taking medication for the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) and TB Infection; including sputum collection according to guidelines, skin testing, and visual acuity. Monitor and report efficacy and side effects of treatment.
  • Immediately and accurately document doses delivered and supervised after each field visit; toxicity checks, sputum collection forms, control orders, mileage reports, itineraries and all pertinent information correctly on the Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) /DOPT /ESAT / 3HP/CET field records. Report problems immediately by telephone and follows up with supervisor.
  • Make field visits for contact investigation follow up; including administering/reading TB skin test and drawing blood for QuantiFERON Gold test according to guidelines. Schedule appointments for contacts needing medical evaluation.
  • Communicate with providers to facilitate and expedite TB patient care. Schedule clinic appointments, obtain medical evaluation results, and follow up with providers as needed.
  • Meet with supervisor for patient case conferences. Provide transportation to facilitate and expedite TB patient care. Collects x-rays and correspondence from clinic and providers. Collect medication from City Pharmacy. Meet with supervisor to discuss transportation needs.

WORKING CONDITIONS
The position is physically comfortable, the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are occasional exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve infrequent exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
A high school diploma or a GED is required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Two (2) years of experience in the public contact in the social service or public health field or in a high-volume customer service environment are required.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
A valid driver's license and compliance with the City of Houston's policy on driving (AP 2-2).

PREFERENCES

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.



GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
None - However, the Department may administer a skills assessment test.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if candidate is promoted into this position, he/she must pass an assigned drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION GRANT FUND
Grants & Special funded positions are dependent upon continued available funds. If funding is no longer available, employee may be laid off or transferred.

Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade12

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov . To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm . orcall 832-393-4897.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information.If you need special services or accommodations, please call TTY 7-1-1.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.
EEOEqual Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.


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