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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Retirement pension (TCDRS)
- Flexible schedules (varies by department)
- Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)
- Flexible schedules (varies by department)
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.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Some college (Less than 60 credit hours)
- Associates degree
- Bachelor's degree or higher
- None of the above
- 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
- Entry Level
- Not proficient
- None of the Above
- Yes, I speak Spanish fluently
- No, I don't speak Spanish
* Required Question