Disease Intervention Specialist
Maintains a regional field office in Johnson County, IA, for the delivery of disease prevention and public health services.
Serves as a liaison between IDPH and local public health for communicable diseases, including HIV, STDs, viral hepatitis, TB, and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Delivers STD and HIV partner services, including counseling, interviewing, and educating persons infected with communicable diseases. Solicits partner and contact information, provides referrals for support services, and acts as an advocate by ensuring linkage to case management, medical, and other support services. Performs partner/contact investigations, including location of partners, risk reduction counseling, HIV testing, and linkage to other follow-up testing and treatment. Conducts re-interviews for HIV-positive persons identified as out of care and/or never in care and works to connect them with appropriate medical services. Performs phlebotomy, as needed, for testing.
Collects and reports timely partner service and Ryan White Part B Program service information through client-level data systems. Conducts quality assurance of data, and participates in quality improvement projects for the delivery of partner services and the collection and management of data.
Provides information, education, consultation, and problem-identification services to community-based organizations, community task forces, local public health, private medical providers, hospital infectious disease practitioners, blood banks, plasma centers, and public and private laboratories.
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