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COORD. SPEC. PRGMS. HLTH. SERV. III, Hlth. Serv. (***REPOST***)

D.C. Metro Regional Disease Interv. Spec. (FULL-TIME CONTRACTUAL)

Recruitment #22-000484-0022

Introduction

***RECRUITMENT REPOST. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT REAPPLY.***

GRADE

14

LOCATION OF POSITION

MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) is to improve the health of Marylanders by reducing the transmission of infectious diseases; helping impacted people live longer and healthier lives; and, protecting individuals and communities from environmental health hazards. PHPA works in partnership with Local Health Departments (LHDs), providers, community-based organizations, and public and private sector agencies, with special attention to at-risk and vulnerable populations. Such collaboration is conducted in order to provide public health leadership in the prevention, control, monitoring, and treatment of infectious diseases and environmental health hazards. Areas of oversight include HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis, along with Harm Reduction, MADAP (Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program), and Community Engagement.

The main purpose of this full-time contractual position is to serve as the D.C. Metro Regional Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) in the Center for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention (CSTIP). The mission of CSTIP is to prevent and reduce the number of STIs in Maryland. The vision of CSTIP is to develop, implement, support, and evaluate Statewide strategies and initiatives of STI prevention, with special consideration to barriers to systemic care engagement, as well as to barriers to those who are most likely to be diagnosed with an STI. Reportable STIs include chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis (including congenital syphilis). 

Preventing STIs and their complications is essential for improving physical health- specifically sexual health- and overall well-being. CSTIP is responsible for conducting and overseeing Statewide STI surveillance, along with the analysis of STI data; partner services and public health follow-up for people who are diagnosed with syphilis and HIV; and, the outbreak and cluster response. Additionally, CSTIP is also responsible for conducting and overseeing HIV care engagement services, PrEP integration, and sub-recipient monitoring and technical assistance. CSTIP is essential in its role of reducing STI and HIV transmission through disease prevention, intervention, and service referrals and linkages. 

This position will report to the Division of Field Services Unit in the Center for STI Prevention. This position will be physically located at both the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Health Departments for coverage of the Washington DC Metro Area.

POSITION DUTIES

The position has responsibilities for the following activities:

  • Conducts field investigations to locate, counsel, offer testing, refer for treatment, and provides education (verbal and written) to identified individuals that are presumed/diagnosed with communicable diseases (to include STIs/HIV). Refers named individuals for appropriate medical evaluation and recommended treatment services as deemed necessary.
  • Provides case management principle and practices, referrals, disease prevention and intervention services related to communicable diseases (specializing in STIs and HIV).
  • Interviews patients and partners regarding communicable diseases (STI/HIV).
  • Provides personalized client-centered, intervention, assessments and counseling.
  • Analyzes and investigates cases of communicable disease (STI/HIV).
  • Provides education and risk reduction counseling.
  • Provides in-field and clinical services evaluating persons exposed to or at  increased risk for STIs and HIV (phlebotomy, presentations, outreach, etc.).
  • Collaborates with health departments and health-care providers, other disease intervention staff throughout the state, and community partners.
  • Provides both verbal and written information to the general public, health care providers, and community agencies and patrons.
  • Ensures the proper management and delivery of effective and timely prevention and intervention materials and services for clients and their respective social network. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in health services, two years of which must have been in professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services, in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, or Addictions.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Health Services option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services, in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, or Addictions.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus one additional year of professional experience in health services, for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care   Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health-related field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The desired candidate should have professional experience working in a health department and/or clinical Setting. He/she should also have professional experience with communicable diseases, specifically Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and/or HIV. 

The desired candidate should also have experience working with the general public, along with knowledge of public health surveillance databases (i.e. NEDSS, STI/HIV NBS, MAVEN, PRISM, Salesforce). Finally, the desired candidate should be certified as a Phlebotomist, or be willing to be certified in Phlebotomy.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract, and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. 

You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12-month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or Application.Help@maryland.gov

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.



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