Public Health Consultant - Emerging Threats
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The Public Health Consultant – Emerging Threats provides support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by reporting the effects of emerging threats among pregnant women and their fetuses and infants, while also reporting data on infant follow-up. The Consultant assists in building capacity and capabilities for local health departments across the United States and its territories to address the challenges of preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting the effects of emerging threats. Emerging threats can include hepatitis C, syphilis, Zika, COVID-19 and/or other additional threats identified.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.
Conducts outreach to educate and support health care providers who care for women exposed to emerging diseases and threats during pregnancy and reviews and abstracts medical and health-related records of impacted pregnant women and their babies. This outreach includes, but is not limited to, primary care physicians, obstetricians (OB)/gynecologists, pediatricians, clinics, community hospitals and other providers.
Supports provider awareness and knowledge of prevention techniques, current testing guidelines and algorithms, patient case management techniques, and reporting and surveillance activities within local jurisdictions.
Provides clinical support, cultivates and supports provider champions within OB, pediatric and family practice networks and forms coalitions of providers and allied health professionals.
Facilitates connections between Local Health Departments (LHD’s), local health care providers and national and local partners representing clinicians and maternal and child health professionals.
Assists the CDC with the capacity to assess accurately the scope and scale of emerging health threats to mothers and babies. Enhances the capability of the CDC to gather and process data from jurisdictions with significant burden of reporting.
Responsible for provider and community outreach and education, surveillance, laboratory requests, testing, reporting and referrals.
Leverages and builds upon existing and new relationships with internal and external networks.
Conducts medical record abstraction by protocol, which may include prenatally, at delivery/birth hospitalization, and up to 3 years’ of age. Data to be abstracted may include, but is not limited to, the following: (detailed data specifications will be provided)
- Prenatal: at case identification, after anatomical ultrasound (22 weeks gestation), or pre-delivery (28-30 weeks gestation)
- Delivery/Birth Hospitalization: Abstraction for mother
- Delivery/Birth Hospitalization: Abstraction for newborn at birth
- Pediatric record review at specified time points based on the surveillance protocol. Visits may include 2, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36 months
- Abstraction time points for COVID are pregnancy, birth hospitalization, and (if they are doing infant follow-up) first pediatrician visit after birth hospitalization (<2 weeks of age), 2 months and 6 months.
- Outcomes may include birth defects, growth, neurodevelopmental delays, vision concerns, hearing concerns and other comorbidities. Data sources may include, but are not limited to, pediatric provider medical/health-care records, laboratory results, birth defects and neonatal screening program records.
Facilitates CDC’s clinical guidance in an easily accessible format.
Assists with promoting coordination and continuity of care across health care providers, including home visiting providers.
Supports stakeholders’ engagement, knowledge management and activities related to provider outreach and education.
Communicates and collaborates with partners in the local community, including those representing high-risk and vulnerable populations, providers and local or regional college and university public health programs to develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate emerging threats prevention messaging, as well as information on testing, infant follow-up, coordination of patient care, surveillance and referral to service.
Assists with targeted outreach to high-risk individuals within the community.
Assesses the need for educational materials in foreign languages other than Spanish (e.g., Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Tagalog and Tongan).
Provides workshops for community groups that request information about prevention, infant follow-up and emerging threats education.
Participates in community meetings, events and other forums to share information about emerging threats.
Increases capacity to complete case investigations, including follow-up with patients and providers.
Strengthens LHD coordination with state health agencies regarding roles and responsibilities for collecting data for surveillance of emerging threats.
Performs investigation and reporting of emerging threats among pregnant women and their fetuses and infants, including cases with severe clinical manifestations (e.g., congenital infection with microcephaly or other birth defects). Reports surveillance data through manual and electronic data abstraction.
Provides suggestions to improve surveillance efforts based on the individual LHD’s needs, capabilities and limitations.
Assists with tracking laboratory test results and data entry of patient information for monitoring and reporting.
Improves communication and exchange of data between laboratories, public health departments, providers and patients.
Supports use of appropriate protocols and “hand-offs” between epidemiology and maternal and child health units and helps identify ways to connect families to maternal and child health services.
Connects affected families to home-visiting programs that do not have income eligibility requirements.
Assists in aligning affected infants with medical homes and routine follow-up.
Provides information regarding mental health / counseling to women and families.
Assists with development and implementation of referral to service processes when required.
Maintains knowledge of and ensures compliance with all applicable policies and regulatory requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned by LHDs.
Actively participates in regular communications with the team of Field Support Consultants and Project Manager (PM). Provides reports to the PM in the format provided and in the timeframe requested.
Collaborates with the team of Field Support Consultants to suggest and implement (where applicable) improvements to processes or tools to benefit the initiative and provide the best value for the customer at the local and national level.
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN) or a related field, or equivalent combination of education / experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Advanced experience in public health, clinical engagement, community outreach, surveillance and reporting, and health care data analytical techniques preferred. Experience with speaking in a community setting and with physicians and other practitioners preferred. Proficiency in a second language is a plus (Spanish preferred).
CERTIFICATES / LICENSES / REGISTRATION
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Advanced knowledge in the field of public health and/or health-related science
Ability to consistently exercise discretion and judgment in carrying out numerous public health-related duties
Ability to use public health, health and data analytics knowledge to analyze, interpret and draw conclusions based on activities within the local health department
Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel Outlook, Project, etc.)
Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a multidisciplinary team
Exceptional organization skills with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Exceptional customer service and relationship-building skills
Adept analytical and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, work independently, stay highly organized, juggle multiple responsibilities and adjust to new tasks
Ability to travel locally to gather information and meet with stakeholders
Ability to implement a proactive approach to problem solving
Ability to interact professionally with national, state and local health department officials, team members, corporate management and clients of all levels
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines
Familiarity with health care data analytical techniques
Ability to provide background information about the project, answer questions and provide updates to CDC, CNI project managers and local health department staff
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
SPECIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is performed in an office environment and may be performed in the field that involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. Physical requirements include lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds occasionally. Subject to standing, sitting, walking, climbing, bending, crawling, squatting, kneeling or working in cramped and strained positions for long periods of time. Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Regularly required to reach with hands and arms, occasionally above head. Ability to speak and hear. May work in an environment where there is a heavy traffic, construction, rugged terrain and hazardous environmental conditions. May work in an environment with exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals or blood borne pathogens. May work near moving or mechanical parts with risk of electrical shock. May be required to wear safety and personal protective equipment.
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