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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Health
Job Title: Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS)
Salary: $40347.84 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

The Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is a technical public health position for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Control in Sedgwick County and 56 Counties as assigned by Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  DIS performs STI and HIV disease investigations and contact management to control the spread of disease and protect the public from health threats. This position interviews and educates clients about STI infection and prevention; performs specimen collection for client testing; and works with STI Clinic staff and health partners to ensure clients are treated.  DIS works under established protocols using professional judgment and follows local, state and national protocols, guidance and regulations.  DIS provides content expertise for STI and HIV in the community and consults with medical providers and other health partners about the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the prevention, detection, and reporting of STI and HIV.  This position develops collaborations and professional relationships with health partners for STI and HIV control.


Essential Job Functions:

1.  Investigate and Intervene in the HIV transmission process. 

  • a.    Initiate investigation within 24 hrs. of receipt of case  per KDHE protocol or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • b.    Document in EPITRAX the plan on how to contact client within 2 working days of initiation.
  • c.     Interview within 7 days of initiation or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • d.    Conduct contact investigations by interviewing and providing testing or referral per KDHE guidelines or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • e.    Obtain diagnostic specimens in accordance to KDHE policy and protocol or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • f.     Perform timely data entry within 24 hrs. in accordance with Field Service Manual or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • g.    Perform accurate data entry in accordance with Field Service Manual.

2.  Investigate and Intervene in the Sexually Transmitted Disease transmission process.

  • Initiate investigation within 24 hrs. of receipt of case  per KDHE protocol or document prohibiting circumstances..
  • Develop client contact plan within 2 working days of initiation.
  • Interview within 7 days of initiation or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • Reinterview (if applicable) completed on assigned cases or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • Obtain diagnostic specimens in accordance to KDHE policy and protocol or document prohibiting circumstances.
  • Perform data entry and reporting of information required accurately in accordance with Field Service   Manual.
  • Conducts investigations per KDHE protocols.

3. Collaborate and consult with private sector and community partners on disease intervention and partner management.

  • Provide recommendations to and collaborate with local health departments regarding the control of outbreaks based on results of field epidemiology work and state and federal guidelines.
  • Present communicable disease lectures and in-service training to physicians, nurses, students, and civic groups.
  • Conduct, participate in and support outreach programs in a variety of venues which may be after normal work hours including weekends.  These venues include but are not limited to bars, clubs, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) events, churches or other public events.
  • Provide accurate guidance during phone conversations from callers seeking sexually transmitted infection or HIV-related information
  • Consult with providers in the private sector, health departments and federally qualified health agencies in the region regarding STI and HIV, making recommendations regarding diagnosis and treatment of STI and providing information to facilitate the reporting of communicable diseases.
  • Report activities to KDHE and DOH as required or requested.



Analytical Thinking:  Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

Communication:  Presents problem analysis and recommended solution to others rather than just identifying or describing the problem itself.

Customer Focus/Client Orientation:  Makes customers/clients and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; makes a conscious effort to include diversity of input in all decisions; shows interest in and understanding of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers (including direct reports); acts with customers in mind and strives for continuous improvement in products and services. Gains customer trust and respect; meets or exceeds customer expectations.

Detail-Oriented:  Ensures information is complete and accurate; follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.   Follows process steps as outlined in standard operating procedures.  Reviews materials to ensure they are accurate, clear, and concise.  Performs follow-up to ensure quality of work product and/or actions are completed.

Teamwork:  Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Years of Experience:    Job knowledge at an entry level in disease control/prevention.

License, certifications, etc.     Meet Sedgwick County Level 2 driver qualifications. Have a valid Kansas Driver’s License or obtain one within 30 days of employment start date.

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a science related field

Years of Experience:    One year experience and/or training in the field of public health.   At least one year experience in disease control and prevention.   At least one year experience in providing customer service to the public or working with diverse populations in a collaborative manner.  One year venipuncture experience.  One year experience with Windows-based computer environment, fax, and multi-line telephone system.

License, certifications, etc.  Current CPR certification. Bilingual in English and Spanish.


Testing/Screening Requested:

• Background checks • Motor Vehicle check • Pre-employment drug test


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  2716 W Central

Primary Cost Center IO:  380115-19 - 35%, 38023-110 - 65%

The employee is subject to hazards. Includes blood borne and air borne pathogens and a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, or exposure to chemicals.  The employee is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.  The employee is subject to all types of environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20002327

Open Date: 3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/29/2019 11:59:59 PM