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:
Under the supervision of the Medical Epidemiologist, serve as epidemiologic expert on Communicable Disease (CD) and other appropriate issues as needed. Jointly with the Medical Epidemiologist, establish/implement CD surveillance systems at the county level; organize investigations, establish prevention measures and control of individual cases and outbreaks. Develop partnerships with other Department programs, Lake County health care providers and allied organizations. Participates in relevant internal and external trainings.
Location: 3010 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL
Hours: 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday (8:00am-5:00pm)
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
Skills and Experience
- In the absence of the Medical Epidemiologist, serve as epidemiologic subject matter expert on CD and other public health issues.
- Jointly with the Medical Epidemiologist, establish/implement CD surveillance systems at the county level; collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate CD assessment data; identify the magnitude of health issues, trends, locations and at-risk populations.
- Establish and maintain data files on various communicable diseases/public health issues and analyze data using appropriate epidemiological and statistical methodologies.
- Possesses knowledge of, and can competently develop, a statistical report with appropriate data visualization methods.
- Review epidemiologic information and prepare guidelines and policy recommendations.
- Lead outbreak and cluster investigations as needed.
- Establish collaborative relationships with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), other Lake County Health Departments (LCHD) CD staff, Lake County physicians, hospital infection control practitioners, institutional health facilities, schools and other human services organizations.
- Develop and present epidemiologic information/reports to Health Department staff, health care providers and Lake County residents. Act as a resource person for CD in-service education and training.
- Represent the agency in various internal and community groups as well as professional organizations in matters of epidemiology/communicable disease issues.
- Participate in internal and external trainings regarding epidemiology issues.
- Administer grants related to epidemiologic issues.
- Work with the Medical Epidemiologist, Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator, and other emergency management staff to help staff, plan and execute emergency readiness.
- Jointly with the Medical Epidemiologist and Communications Manager, prepare press releases, alerts, broadcast faxes, public education materials and other reports. in reference to CD.
- Work in concert with other Health Department programs as needed. Such programs will include, but are not limited to, Immunizations, STI/HIV. TB, Behavioral Health, Physical Health, Tobacco Prevention and Infection Control.
- Assure that the Medical Epidemiologist reviews and approves Standing Orders annually.
- Maintain confidentiality of privileged information and adhere to patient privacy laws.
- Carries the on-call pager, one week per 4-5 weeks, responding to off-hour CD calls.
- May be called upon to work on non-CD/IZ related epidemiology (cancer epidemiology, etc.).
Education, Qualifications, and Certification:
- Requires a Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Bachelor’s Degree in related field with formal CDC Epidemiology training.
- With a Master’s degree, requires five years working experience in epidemiology and/or research.
- With a Bachelor’s degree, requires seven years working experience in epidemiology and/or research.
- 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.