Overview

This position is funded by a federal grant and is subject to available funding. 

 

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Healthcare Associated Infections Outbreak Lead under the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section of the Epidemiology Department in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Position Overview:

The Acute Disease Epidemiology Section (ADES) of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking a Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Outbreak Lead to direct outbreak response for the Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) team. The ADES carries out a number of activities to identify, prevent, and mitigate certain communicable and/or notifiable infectious diseases. ADES staff work closely with Georgia healthcare providers and associations, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, and epidemiologists in our 18 health districts.  ADES houses several infectious disease specific surveillance teams. The HAI COVID Team conducts surveillance for COVID19 cases in healthcare settings and investigates reports of disease clusters and outbreaks.

The HAI Outbreak Lead will be responsible for statewide protocols for HAI/AR outbreak response (including responding to reports of serious infection control breaches). This position will provide oversight of four HAI Outbreak Infection Preventionists to provide oversight and subject matter expertise to coordinate outbreak and response activities in various healthcare settings in their region. This position is responsible for strengthening infection prevention and control capacity for the state.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develops, implements, and maintains infection control and outbreak response protocols for HAI/AR outbreaks.  Protocols include initial facility communication, screening recommendations and resources, on-site visits with a review of healthcare facilities infection prevention plans, direct observation of infection control practices using a standardized tool (e.g., ICAR), and surveillance capacity.
  • Develops protocol for on-site visits to investigate suspected outbreaks or infection control breaches, including an initial consultation with healthcare facilities to identify sources and mitigate transmission.
  • Identify needed team resources, maintain knowledge of newly developed practices and resources, and identify and address staff training needs.
  • Train and mentor team to ensures consistency in response activities.
  • Ensures outbreak team represents infection control expertise in a variety of healthcare settings, including dialysis.
  • Coordinates with HAI/AR analytics team to obtain HAI/AR incidents and trends to develop prioritized responses in their region.
  • Participates in HAI/AR report summaries to ensure outbreak response impact is appropriately characterized.
  • Develops, communicates, and monitors state response targets and goals to DPH staff and internal and external partners.
  • Oversees team daily outbreak activities, including team schedule, identifying necessity, and approving on-site visits, ensuring staff follow DPH travel policy and approving staff time and expenses.
  • Oversees process for team to document and compile findings from on-site visits and summarize them in a report and/or tracking system, with key findings and recommendations provided to the participating healthcare facility and other key stakeholders, including the HAI/AR Program.
  • Provides oversight for team-delivered specialized training in infection control and prevention activities to mitigate identified gaps, both at individual facilities and collectively.
  • Serves as the state lead to escalate outbreaks without satisfactory facility response to DPH HAI/AR Team Leads.
  • Compiles outbreak performance measurement data required by the CDC and provides updates on outbreak investigations as requested.
  • Assists in the development of Public Health protocols, policies and procedures. May direct subordinate managers and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate or Master’s degree in Nursing, Public Health or related field from an accredited college or university AND Seven years of professional nursing management/supervisory experience AND Current Georgia Registered Professional Nurse license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year experience with investigation of healthcare-associated infection outbreaks with the knowledge and understanding of current standards of practice and understanding infection prevention and control guidelines.
  • At least 1 year experience developing outbreak protocols for state health departments.
  • Experience working within or with local/state public health departments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or willingness to obtain CIC within 1 year of hire.
  • Infection prevention expertise in dialysis.
  • Experience in writing response protocols in public health.
  • Knowledge and application of quality improvement tools.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION AT www.dph.georgia.gov