Infection Prevention Specialist in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

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Job Description

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) Healthcare-Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program oversees public health surveillance and response to infections associated with the healthcare setting, including infections with multidrug-resistant organisms, contaminated medications, healthcare procedures, and devices.  The HAI/AR Program also conducts educational activities to prevent and control the emergence of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in Philadelphia.  The HAI/AR Program seeks a qualified individual to serve as an Infection Prevention Specialist to assist with PDPH’s efforts to reduce infections associated with the healthcare setting in Philadelphia.

The Infection Prevention Specialist will work on a team that conducts site visits to healthcare facilities, deciphers and disseminates guidance on best infection control practices and works with Infection Preventionists (IP) at healthcare facilities to improve their programs and implement policies and protocol. Additionally, the Infection Prevention Specialist will work with healthcare facilities to prevent and contain outbreaks of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

This position is a part of the Division of Disease Control and is full-time, Monday through Friday, with occasional work after hours and on weekends to support Program activities. The position is grant funded for a minimum of one year. Continuation of the position is dependent on sustained grant funding.

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct surveillance and response activities, including case and contact investigation primarily focusing on, but not limited to, COVID-19 in healthcare facilities (HCF)
  • Use the Division’s Communicable Disease Management System (CDMS) to track and analyze cases of healthcare-associated infections
  • Work with HCF to understand their own data and overcome internal barriers to implementing best infection control practices
  • Participate in outbreak detection and response in HCF by helping IP’s to evaluate and modify their surveillance plans and infection control policies and protocols
  • Reach out to HCF to provide infection prevention guidance based on CDC recommendations with a focus on long-term care facilities
  • Assess HCF infection prevention capacity and provide feedback to facilities both verbally and in written format
  • Develop materials, conduct educational programs and presentations for large audiences and in-services at HCF

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related healthcare field
  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field preferred
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred
  • Experience conducting infection control or related training and education for healthcare professionals
  • Excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Training in applied epidemiology and statistical analysis is preferred
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork and interdisciplinary, hands-on work in healthcare settings
  • Able to work independently and in teams to establish and convene meetings, prepare summary reports and present finding
  • Research experience preferred, including publishing or presenting scientific manuscripts and reports.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 50 to 75 percent of the time. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions.

Supervision:

  • This position reports directly to the Manager of the HAI/AR Program in the Division of Disease Control

Salary and Benefits:

  • Compensation is hourly and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position comes with a generous benefits package including health, dental, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave days with pay.