Goverment Jobs
February 7, 2019
Houston, Texas
Job Type


Position Description

Under the supervision of the Surveillance Supervisor,the Epidemiology Assistant - Intake Specialistis responsible for the receipt, assessment, verification, data entry and distribution of all incoming case reports to appropriate Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Epidemiology staff or other public health jurisdictions according to surveillance priority transfer protocol.

Coordinates Receipt of Case Reports:

  • Coordinates receipt, assessment and distribution of cases reported by mail, fax, telephone and electronic lab reports (ELRs) from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Infectious Disease Control Unit (IDCU).
  • Obtains case report documents, reviews and assesses case report documents for appropriate processing and distribution and enters data into the surveillance database.
  • Identifies case report documents requiring additional investigation by Epidemiology staff and submits to the Senior Epidemiologist.
  • Determines jurisdiction of cases.
  • Faxes referral reports to other public health jurisdictions according to the surveillance priority transfer protocol.
  • Prepares all referrals to be sent to other public health jurisdictions according to the surveillance priority transfer protocol.
  • Scans all incoming morbidity documents.
  • Registers all incoming morbidity documents into electronic medical records (EMR) system and/or surveillance system, including all referrals.
  • Assists with the cleaning and maintenance of epidemiology records in Insightby performing data quality assurance checks and edits as needed or as requested by the Senior Epidemiologist.

Collects and Prepares Specimens:

  • Coordinates the transport of clinical lab specimens and prepares lab specimens for overnight delivery when Epidemiology Technicianis not available.
  • Maintains an adequate supply of all current surveillance/investigation forms.
  • Maintains an adequate supply of all medical supplies in stock.
  • Assists the Epidemiology/Public Health Preparedness staff with preparation for special projects and educational meetings/conferences which will enhance the preparedness of community partners as directed.
  • Processes daily mail for the Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit when the Office Administrator is not available.

Maintains Health Alert Network:

  • Approves Health Alert Network (HAN) subscribers as needed.


  • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Two (2) years ofwork experience in a health related field involvingdata entryand documentationof confidential records.
  • Basic skill proficiency in the use ofMicrosoft Office software.
  • Valid driver's license (Texas upon hire) along with a good driving record required for regular travel between clinics when needed.

Additional Requirements:

  • Position will require frequent lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of objects weighing up to 10 lbs.

NOTE: To qualify for this position, requirededucation, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration. Preferences

  • Associate's degree ina science related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Intermediate skill proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Access software.
  • Good verbal and written bilingual (Spanish) communication skills.
General Information


  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday


  • Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Additional Information - Core Competencies:

Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission.
  • Understands ethics and public good;is concerned with public trust.
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.


  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group.
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs.


  • Ability to adapt to change.

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Written and verbal English competency.
  • Ableto read and follow directions.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to advertised closing date.

Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.
The following list of benefits is offeredonlyto employees inregular (full-time)positions:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time)employment and may be available topart-time employees:
  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
    • Flexible schedules (varies by department)
      • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.

For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website:
Which of the following best describes your highest level of education complete?

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Some college (Less than 60 credit hours)
  • Associates degree
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • None of the above
Which of the following best describes your verifiable paid work experience in a health related field performing data entry and documentation of confidential records? (To be considered, qualifying experience must be documented on your application's employment history).

  • Less than two years
  • Two years, but less than three
  • Three years, but less than four
  • Four years, but less than five
  • Five years or more
  • I do not have this type of experience
Please describe your experience and type of work performed as it relates to this position. Please include: (a) your role(s) (b) types of organization(s), (c) scope of duties and responsibilities. You can make reference to your employment history, but please do not use "See Resume", as we do not use resumes for qualifications. If you do not have this experience, please type "none" in the space provided.

    Which of the following describes your level of proficiency using a personal computer and common office software? Please select your level of proficiency based on the following descriptions: Advanced: A person with this level of skills is able to produce very large, complex formal documents that require a table of contents, footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks, and other special elements; a wide range of graphic effects, and use advanced techniques for analyzing and manipulating data. Has full mastery of Macro commands and skills to tie the objects together into a cohesive system by using Macros and Visual Basic for Applications code. Makes interactive presentations by using hyperlinks and action buttons. Intermediate: A person with this level of skills is able to customize toolbars, import and insert graphs, embed Excel data, and elaborate reports. Understands the concepts of databases and is able to work with charts and to use the list management capabilities of Excel. Able to use complex query techniques, create efficient forms and reports, and create Macros to automate these forms. Makes interactive presentations by using hyperlinks and action buttons. Basic: A person with this level of skills is able to use basic formatting, editing, printing functions, and understands the document page setup. Has the ability to enter and correct data, modify a workbook, format a worksheet, and use printing functions. Understands the different database concepts and structures and is familiar with data validation and is able to create a simple presentation in PowerPoint, run it, and print it. Entry Level: A person with this level of skills has the ability to open, create, save and modify documents in Word, send and receive email in Outlook and create spreadsheets in Excel. Format documents for printing, comfortable using the printer menu to preview documents. Has ability to change the font, the margins, insert or delete pages and use the built-in spellchecker and grammar check.

    • Advanced
    • Intermediate
    • Basic
    • Entry Level
    • Not proficient
    Which of the following Microsoft Office programs have you used proficiently during your current or previous employment? Select all that apply

    • Excel
    • Word
    • PowerPoint
    • Publisher
    • Access
    • SharePoint
    • Outlook
    • Windows
    • None of the Above
    Are you bilingual in Spanish? If yes, do you consider yourself fluent?

    • Yes, I speak Spanish fluently
    • No, I don't speak Spanish
    This position requires a valid driver's license. Upon hire, a Texas license must be obtained by start date. Do you have a valid driver's license?

    • Yes
    • No
    Please provide your current driver's license number, state and expiration date. If you do not have a driver's license please enter N/A.

      * Required Question

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