Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!
About the Role:
The LTCF Specialist is overseen by the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD) Medical Epidemiologist. The LTCF Specialist serves as a liaison between Long Term Care facilities in Lake County and the LCHD Communicable Diseases Program. Under the Medical Epidemiologist’s supervision, the LTCF Specialist collaborates with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) experts including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) IPC consultant and the LCHD IPC professional to develop and implement a plan to provide IPC guidance to Lake County LTCFs. The LTCF Specialist develops protocols to reach out to facilities to educate them on the importance of reporting requirements and conducting Infection Control Assessments. The LTCF Specialist assists facilities in enrolling in the appropriate electronic reporting systems. If staffing is available, the LTCF Specialist oversees staff responsible for providing the necessary education and training.
Location: 3010 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL
Hours: 40 hours a week, (Monday-Friday) 8:00am-5:00pm
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Skills and Experience
- Provide routine updates to all Lake County long-term care, skilled, assisted living (AL), and nursing home facilities, group homes, developmentally delayed facilities, caregivers, and home health agencies regarding new CDC/IDPH/LCHD policies and reinforce federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.
- Serve as a subject matter expert and resource for facilities on communicable diseases and infection control practices.
- Lead infection control investigations and manage cluster/outbreak investigations of communicable diseases within facilities and serve as point of contact for facilities.
- Educate/train, or organize training’s, for long-term care facilities to improve infection control practices. This will include collaborating with LCHD infection preventionist professional on developing training/education.
- Serve as a local representative on the Healthcare Associated Infections/Antibiotic Resistance Council organized by IDPH.
- Conduct, or assist in conducting, facility site investigations, if necessary.
- Organize round tables and routine meetings with Directors and Assistant Directors of Nursing, and infection control preventionists of facilities.
- Collaborate with IDPH infection control preventionists’ as necessary.
- Serve as lead on organizing and managing point prevalence surveys at facilities.
- Develop and maintain documentation of the work with each facility, including a log of infectious and communicable diseases reported by long term care facilities.
- Serve as member of various elder care organizations (i.e. Senior Coalition, Pioneer Coalition, etc.)
- Manage community complaints/concerns regarding elder care.
- Manage electronic records to assure timely reporting of facility outbreaks and epidemiological linkages.
- Maintain and update contact information of long-term care, skilled, assisted living, and nursing home facilities, group homes, developmentally delayed facilities, caregivers, home health agencies, and senior centers. This will include working with the Emergency Resource Coordinator at the LCHD.
- Pursue grant opportunities related to infection control in LTC facilities. This will include working with the LCHD Grants Team.
- Administer grants that are awarded for LTCF communicable disease work.
- Assist facilities in testing strategies.
- Assist with other outbreak investigations in other congregate settings (non LTC) as needed.
- Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to patient privacy laws.
Education, Qualifications, and Certification:
- Requires a Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing or related field.
- With Master’s degree, five years experience preferably in a public health or health care clinical setting. With a Bachelor’s degree, seven years experience preferably in a public health or health care clinical setting.
- Requires a valid Illinois driver’s license and automobile insurance.
About the Perks:
Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.
If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.
Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.