PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR

Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46205

Organization: HHC

Marion County Public Health Department is an organization that celebrates diversity, and seeks to employ a diverse workforce. We actively encourage all individuals to apply for employment and to seek advancement opportunities. Marion County Public Health Department also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as required by law. For additional questions please contact us at: hrmail@hhcorp.org.

Job Role Summary

Responsible for the development, direction, coordination, evaluation and promotion of  readiness, response, and recovery (RRR) activities associated with intended and unintended biological emergencies including terrorist attacks, other bio-releases, disease importation, radiation, pan-influenza and heat/cold emergencies for Indianapolis, Marion County, IN.  Works closely with the Health and Hospital Corporation Epidemiologists to monitor and investigate trends in reportable communicable diseases. Works closely with the Administrator or designee of Water Quality/Hazardous Materials Management (WQHMM) on RRR issues associated with natural disasters and chemical and radiological emergencies, particularly those issues associated with surveillance, medical management systems, communications, and hybrid threats.  Works closely with the Coordinator, Communicable Disease and Immunization Programs, on RRR issues associated with pandemic influenza.  Serves as consultant to physicians, public health nurses, hospital infection control personnel and governmental bodies as designated. 

Essential Duties

Assessment:

  • Establishes and maintains an integrated active and passive surveillance system which can efficiently detect potential public health emergencies and disasters through contacts at area hospitals, urgent visits centers, the medical examiners office, pharmacies, etc.
  • Monitors, and analyses community and health indicators which may signal problematic biological, chemical, or radiological incidents.
  • Develops and maintains Marion County’s Health Alert Network, an electronic rapid communication system with health care providers.
  • Reviews hazard assessments by the Bureau of Environment Health (BEH) of appropriate Marion County facilities.
  • Facilitates access to laboratory services necessary to support the investigation and identification of biological, chemical, and radiological threats.

 

Policy Development & Leadership:

  • Ensures that all supervised personnel actions are in accordance with Health and Hospital Corporation policies and procedures, including recruitment, orientation, training and performance evaluations.  
  • Facilitates effective coordination of internal and external emergency response partners.
  • Maintains policies, plans, protocols, and guidelines related to emergency response.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations regarding the adequacy of the statutory bases for emergency preparedness and response.

 

Assurance:

  • Initiates recommendations and participates as directed in actions related to enforcement.
  • Facilitates community access to critical health services following public health emergencies.
  • Assists in identifying the capacity and capability of local and federal systems and resources to provide effective medical management and response to public health emergencies, including acute care, isolation and quarantine, decontamination, and mortuary.
  • Performs periodic work force capacity and training assessments.
  • Provides or ensures training and continuing education for MCHD staff, emergency room staffs, infectious disease and infection control practitioners, mental health and social workers, public safety personnel, and others potentially involved in surveillance, response, and recovery.
  • Coordinates drills and simulations on a scheduled basis to test response readiness, responder continuity, and services integration.
  • Ensures that MCHD response plans are reviewed for adequacy and currency at least annually.
  • Conducts emergency operations and technical research.
  • Identifies and disseminates emergency operational and technical information.
  • Identifies and initiates recommendations regarding foundation, private, state, and federal grant-related funding opportunities support for Health Department efforts and/or efforts of community agencies.

 

Additional Duties: (This list are incidental things that, if needed, could be taken away from this position without affecting the work flow of the department)

  • Serves on appropriate committees and task forces as assigned.
  • Trained at the appropriate National incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command system (ICS) level.
  • Participate in the response to public health emergencies, as directed.
  • Has access to confidential patient information and is permitted to transport protected health information (PHI) off site when appropriate.
  • Assures that all department staff are compliant with HIPAA policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
     

Qualifications

  • Skills and knowledge acquired through completion of a Bachelors’ and/or Master’s degree in Emergency Management, Nursing, Public Health, Health Education, Social Work or other allied health field.
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in public health or disease control.
  • Knowledge of local/State/Federal laws and regulations applicable to disease programs, disease processes/transmissibility, agency response and control.
     

Licenses/Certifications Required

  • Valid license as a professional nurse in Indiana (if applicable). 
  • Must posses a valid Indiana driver’s license and access to vehicle for frequent in-county travel.  Must meet the “Driver Requirements” as stated in the Health and Hospital Corporation Policy No. 200-1, “Vehicle/Driver Safety Program”

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Language Skills

  • Ability to effectively in complex, uncertain, stressful situations tactfully interact with personnel, the public, and governmental agencies to provide leadership under the direction of the Medical Director, Acute Diseases Program.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the media through a joint information center and MCHD Public Relations Department on matters related to emergency preparedness.
  • Accurate, rapid response to crisis situations, maintaining controlled atmosphere under pressure.
  • Able to compile pertinent information and prepare and present oral and written technical reports to all levels of the organization, outside agencies and the general public.

 

Mathematical Skills

  • Knowledge of spreadsheet development and assessment.
  • Ability to present and interpret statistical data.

 

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to analyze data to identify problems and implement corrective actions.
  • Ability to integrate the physiology and epidemiology of diseases.

Working Enviornment

  • Mental/Visual/Physical Strain:
  • Ability to work under pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to perform physical activities associated with provision of clinical client care (talking, hearing, standing, walking, reaching with hands and arms, sitting, stooping, kneeling or crouching)
  • Visual abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and accommodation
  • Requires considerable physical effort associated with clinic activities: standing, lifting, carrying of supplies; travel in county requires personal transportation.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for this position.

 

CONTACTS:

  • Department/program staff, organization-wide staff
  • Examples of contacts include, but are not limited to: Director, MCHD, Medical Director Acute Diseases, Nurse Epidemiologists, clerical staff, Community-Based Care staff, Water Quality and Hazardous Materials Management staff and the public.
  • Maintains liaison with all other program areas within the Marion County Health Department (MCHD), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), all Marion County Hospitals, the Marion County Emergency Management Division, public safety and first responder personnel, other appropriate agencies and institutions.
     

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis