Job Description

Disease Intervention Specialist - Social Worker (Public Health Infectious Disease)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


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: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation. Mission: Helping Lexington be well. Values: We commit to being... Caring - by being thoughtful and considerate in all our interactions. Accountable - in bringing high quality to our work. Respectful - for all clients and for each other. Equity - in opportunity and access. Service - that exceeds expectations. We are here to serve our clients and community. LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit to learn more about LFCHD!

Job Skills / Requirements

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, professional position.  This position is grade 7; $26.04 per hour ($1,953.00 bi-weekly) with a full comprehensive benefits package.  This is a non-exempt, merit position. 

The incumbent will provide disease investigations, partner services, temporary and ongoing case management for individuals that have been newly diagnosed with HIV and or syphilis.  The incumbent will assist in getting newly diagnosed HIV and syphilis positive individuals into treatment, when necessary. The DIS Social Worker will access the psychosocial needs of each client and link the client to other appropriate health care and social services, as well to the client’s HIV provider and care coordinator.  This position will act as a liaison to HIV and syphilis primary care, medical and other core and support services as well as working with a diverse multidisciplinary team to positively impact the health of the community with regards to communicable disease control and prevention.  DIS Social Worker will make field visits as needed to locate and assess the needs of the individual.

Bachelor’s degree in social work or other closely related field with (1) year of case management experience or a Master’s degree in Social Work or closely related field with no experience (related fields include criminal justice, sociology, psychology and public health). Minimum (1) year experience includes professional work in social work, patient/client interviewing, community health, professional counseling, mental health services, working with individuals diagnosed with STI’s and health education.

Training in blood borne pathogens, HIV pre-test and post-test counseling (within 6 months of appointment), and the Passport to Partner Services Course required within one year of appointment. 

Requires use of current transportation to and from job assignments and valid driver’s license.

Background check. 

Education Requirements (Any)

SOCIALWORKERDIS: Bachelor’s degree in social work or other closely related field with (1) year of case management experience.
SOCIALWORKERDIS: Master’s degree in in Social Work.
SOCIALWORKERDIS: closely related field with no experience (related fields include criminal justice, sociology, psychology and public health)

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and some part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals); robust wellness program and 13 paid holidays. Employee benefits summary: Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account. Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month. Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive. Additional benefits include 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 include the Kentucky Public Pension Authorities (KPPA) and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.

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

This job reports to the Team Leader Infectious Disease

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Relocation is not required and travel is required occasionally

Number of Openings for this position: 1