DISEASE INTERVENTION AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST Jobs 2738 and 2739 (Communicable Disease and Targeted Prevention)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


Helping You Be Well...

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014. Vision: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is a recognized leader in health promotion, health protection, personal health care and prevention of disease. Mission: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will improve the health of the community. In 2014 LFCHD became nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, continued quality improvement, vaccinated 216 children, provided nutritious foods, education and referrals, provided safe and sanitary establishments when dining out, enforced the Clean Indoor Act, protected 462 Lexington pets against rabies and protected 1,921 Lexingtonians against the flu. Additionally, LFCHD responded to more than 800 reports of disease and illnesses in Fayette County, provided 2,951 TB clinical service visits, provided 5,596 HANDS home visits to first-time moms and dads, promoted the evidenced-based diabetes prevention program, provided training to about 600 licensed child care providers, improved the nutrition of adults and children, helped individuals quit using tobacco, eliminated health inequities, remained attentive to the health of more than 40,000 public school students, and was awarded with a Bluegrass Wellness at Work Healthiest Places to Work Award. LFCHD is committed to providing essential Public Health services and we employ a diversified staff of approximately 150 employees.

Job Skills / Requirements

Two open positions, full time with full comprehensive benefits package.
$17.2308 per hour, 37.5 hours per week.

The DIOS is responsible for investigating, locating, interviewing, counseling, and educating persons exposed to, infected with, or testing positive for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Interviews known patients with STD in clinical and field settings; locates and refers for examination, medical assessment, and treatment as necessary all contacts, suspects, and associates in a prompt manner; after appropriate training will analyze epidemiologic factors of STD cases; provides pre-test and post-test counseling for individuals seeking testing for antibody to HIV; performs venipuncture to collect blood samples from patients for appropriate testing; conducts visitations and consultations with physicians, hospital personnel, and laboratory staff to stimulate rapid case reporting; provides presentation of educational programs designed to reach groups at high-risk for STDs; develops and implements STD and HIV screening activities to high-risk individuals; procures and maintains inventory of testing supplies and condoms; distributes condoms to high risk populations in the community; maintains confidential records.

Bachelors degree (BS or BA) or equivalent from an accredited college or university supplemented by one year related work experience in patient/client interviewing activities, community health, teaching, nursing, counseling, or health education; OR an Associates degree plus four (4) years relevant professional experience as described above; OR HS/GED plus seven (7) years relevant professional experience as described above. Requires current and valid driver's license and use of personal transportation to and from job assignments on a daily basis. Certification in bloodborne pathogens, phlebotomy, HIV pre-test and post-test counseling (within 6 months of appointment), and STD intervention specialist course (2-week course) required within one year of appointment.

Must have current and valid Kentucky driver's license for the length of employment in this classification.

Education Requirements (Any)

DIOS: High School or GED, Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals).

Employee benefits summary:

Medical insurance (Classic, Premium, and Investor plans offered; the Investor plan includes an HSA account that has employer contributions annually for single coverage).

Buy Back Benefit Option is offered to employees who waive insurance coverage.

Dental Insurance (Enhanced and Basic Plans offered).

Vision Insurance (Basic coverage thru medical plan and Eye Med supplemental vision insurance offered).

Other benefits incentives: Basic life insurance and long term disability; Cafeteria plans; Wellness program, Employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and Tuition reimbursement program.

Retirement Benefits:
Kentucky Employees' Retirement System (New benefit eligible employees will participate in a defined benefit pension plan known as Cash Balance Plan. The account earns 4% interest on both the member contribution and the Employer Pay Credit Balance at the end of the fiscal year. When the member is eligible to retire, the retirement benefit is calculated based on the member's accumulated account balance).

Kentucky Deferred Compensation
(Employees may elect to participate in supplemental retirement plans such as tax deferred 401K, Roth 401K, 457, Traditional IRA, and Roth IRA accounts).

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check

This job reports to the Team Leader Infectious

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 2