Deschutes County is accepting applications for a Public Health Nurse II, Congregate Settings Outreach. Over the last four years, Central Oregon Public Health partners (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties) have collaborated in providing outreach to Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF). While we will continue that work, there is a need to reach other facilities and businesses that serve marginalized populations. This position will be part of the Advancement and Protections Section in Public Health.
The PHN II Congregate Settings Outreach position will complement existing work by providing outreach to the following unaddressed settings: Shelters, both high barrier and low barrier (warming shelter); Adult Foster Homes; Intellectual and Developmental Disability Homes; Youth Programs with congregate living; Drug Treatment Programs; and Food Kitchens. Special focus will be given to organizations that serve Behavioral Health clients, which comprises a large portion of the marginalized population. Outreach to these facilities will include outbreak response, Infection Prevention consults, facility and staff education through trainings and toolkits, monthly newsletters with prevention topics, and assessing PPE inventory and usage. While employed and housed in Deschutes County, this position will have a physical presence in all three counties in order to build trust and collaborations with both facilities served, their staff, and Crook and Jefferson Public Health. Similar to the LTCF position, this position will provide back-up on communicable disease investigations to Crook and Jefferson Counties when needed. There will also be close collaboration and integration with Central Oregon Behavioral Health programs and partners to ensure synergistic support to vulnerable populations.
For additional information or to apply, please visit our website at www.deschutes.org/jobs