Long-Term Care Infection Control Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

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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 is responsible for tracking and responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in the 47 licensed Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) in Philadelphia, in addition to other facilities that care for individuals with behavioral, mental and other health needs. Staff at LTCF across the country have faced challenges in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Locally, PDPH has provided extensive guidance and additional resources to support these facilities and protect residents. The Long-Term Care Infection Control Coordinator will oversee the response to outbreaks of COVID-19 in LTCF.

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:

  • Oversee Infection Preventionists, Surveillance Coordinators and Data Managers as they work on teams to efficiently identify outbreaks in LTCF and connect with staff at these facilities to understand the circumstances of the outbreak
  • Work with other city agencies to procure resources such as personal protective equipment and temporary staffing for nursing homes when necessary

  • Conduct site visits for facilities experiencing large outbreaks, report your findings and work with Infection Preventionists to identify site-specific guidance

  • Develop guidance documents, conduct trainings, develop surveys, and lead conference calls and focus groups to develop a clear and consistent line of communication with LTCF

  • Work with state and collar county health departments to develop a cohesive plan for tracking outbreaks and sharing information

  • Work with surveillance coordinators to detect disease in LTCF and work with the Epidemiology program to share data on outbreaks within the department  

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is Nursing, Public Health or a related healthcare field is required
  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field preferred
  • Experience conducting infection control audits and infection control or related training and education for healthcare professionals is preferred
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is preferred
  • Training in applied epidemiology and statistical analysis is preferred
  • Excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • 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.