Mission: To promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need.
WORKING ON THE CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM The mission of the Chicago Department of Public Health is to promote and improve health by engaging residents, communities, and partners in establishing and implementing policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need. The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chicago neighborhoods has highlighted the need for the CDPH to address it using a health-equity based approach. As a part of the CDPH Response Bureau, you will engage residents, communities, and partners in policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need.
ROLE SUMMARY As a key member of the CDPH COVID-19 Team, the Infection Prevention Specialist role functions as a technical advisor and takes an active role in COVID-19 prevention and control activities. This position also collaborates, informs, trains, and guides healthcare partners as part of the CDPH COVID-19 Response Bureau.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Specialized Advisor. Provides technical assistance and conducts training sessions for healthcare partners and stakeholders in education, incentive metrics, and support to implement infection prevention and control measures. Consults with State and Federal agencies to ensure ongoing compliance with COVID-19 infection control and reporting practices. Coordinates the CDPH COVID-19 Response Bureau efforts in partnership with advisory groups, local or multi-jurisdictional responses to complex investigations. Infection Response Uses considerable knowledge of infection risks related to patient care practices to manage and respond to known or suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 in local healthcare facilities. Identifies and monitors COVID-19 infections by assisting in the surveillance, analysis, and investigation of reported incidences. Conducts on-site assessments of healthcare facilities, such as examining infection control practices, reviewing protocols for compliance with state and federal health agency requirements, and conducting gap analyses. Assists healthcare facilities in developing mitigation strategies and completes follow-up visits to ensure facilities have resolved practices. Program Administration. Compiles on-site assessment and recommendations reports. Manages grant deliverables (e.g., establishment of timelines, monitoring of project milestones, development of scope of services, budgets, and specifications).
Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Nursing, Epidemiology, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Science
Minimum of four years of work experience in infection prevention and control management
Licensure or Certifications
Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) is required within six (6) months of hire.
A valid State of Illinois driver's license
OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ATTRIBUTES, AND ABILITIES
Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing infection control
Familiar public health reporting, information system standards, and public health data practices
Skilled at systematic problem-solving, research, and analytical practices
Proficient at operating computers and adapting to new software
ABOUT YOU You have a strong focus on:
Reducing health inequities – providing medical care and services to communities of color hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic
Facilitating teamwork – promoting communication, cooperation, and identifying with overarching project goals
Patient First Care – delivering the highest quality care possible to patients in all communities
NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.
Location: City of Chicago Days: Monday - Friday Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
All employees of the City of Chicago must demonstrate commitment to and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, and City ordinances and rules; the City's Ethics standards; and other City policies and procedures. Equivalent foreign degrees, accreditations, and credentials in evaluating qualifications will be considered. The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.
Internal Number: 3405-CDPH-2021
About The City of Chicago Department of Public Health
The Chicago Department of Public Health provides guidance, services, and strategies that make Chicago a healthier and safer city.