• Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Hektoen Institute LLC

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Tuberculosis (TB) Nurse Case Manager (NCM), functions as a specialist in communicable disease control with a skill set in Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for the treatment of patients diagnosed with or believed to have TB.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides outreach to perform DOT and Directly Observed Preventative Therapy (DOPT) for TB patients of all ages.
    • Arranges visits at mutually agreed places and times.
    • Assures medications are taken per provider’s orders.
    • Monitors patient’s response to medication and general health status, and reports to Nurse Case Manager.
    • Maintains up to date record keeping of TB cases in State database (INEDSS).
    • Assists/encourages patients to comply with medical follow up.
    • Educates patients and families about TB.
    • Instructs patients regarding proper sputa collection and storage.
    • Collects and delivers laboratory specimens.
    • Fosters a team oriented work environment by assisting with other required activities of the DOT team including providing cross coverage as needed.
  • Interviews TB patients and contacts.
    • Locates patients and contacts.
    • Assists in gathering patient assessment data.
  • Provides Tuberculin Skin Testing services as needed.
  • Maintains up to date email correspondence
  • Communicates on work tasks, shared job duties, and program needs between TB department staff including colleagues and supervisors.
  • Communicates professionally with Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) TB Control.
    • Share and receive information related to both active TB patients and TB suspects while protecting HIPPA.
    • Assist in prescription refill process including delivery of medications as needed.
    • Provides additional representation to the Public Health Department as needed.
  • Maintains accurate documentation of all activities and submits required reports.
  • Learn vital duties of additional positions within the TB department in order to provide cross-coverage in case of staff absences.
  • Attend TB meetings/trainings as scheduled
  • Performs additional administrative duties related to TB care including data entry, reporting, filing, scheduling appointments, faxing, scanning, various clinic errands, translation services, and etc.
  • Performs other duties related to communicable disease investigation, prevention and care as assigned.

Qualifications:

The education requirement is a Bachelors degree with a focus on public health, related field, or high school diploma with significant public health work experience.  Computer skills in word-processing and database management programs i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access are also required.

Also required:

  • Knowledge of core public health principles and practices specifically in the area of communicable disease management and control.
  • Demonstrated capacity for public health advocacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and professionally communicate information to a variety of individuals, and across many cultures and audiences both orally and through written documents.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to travel with own vehicle anywhere within the City limits of Chicago.
  • Ability to wear respiratory protection as required.
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