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Disease Intervention Specialist

Date Posted:  Oct 6, 2021
Requisition ID:  267911

Lafayette, IN, US, 47901


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):  
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $35,568.00 but may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

A Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) is an investigator that intervenes in the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). DIS investigate reported, suspected, and potential cases of STDs. DIS additionally provide Partner Services and medical or social referrals for those who are newly living with HIV or those who have been lost to HIV care. In times of public health emergency caused by infectious disease, DIS may be asked to provide investigatory services or intervention services to assist in relief and response efforts. Investigative actions include interviewing those infected with specific STDs, analyzing case and disease information, interacting with health care providers and other medical staff who support STD or HIV care efforts, conducting computer record searches for medical information, locating information, or partner information, contacting clients by phone and/or in-person and documenting investigative actions on forms or in databases required by IDOH and/or CDC. Interviews conducted by DIS are for the purpose of providing health education, disease intervention, and identifying sexual or syringe-sharing partners for partner notification. Interviews are documented on forms or in databases required by IDOH and/or CDC. DIS contribute significantly to the design of non-traditional interventions such as targeted screening programs and interrupting the chain of infection by prophylactic treatment of contacts. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Completion of a training course entitled Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Passport to Partner Services and achievement of a grade of 80% or higher on all examinations as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within 6 months of hiring. 
  • Completion of an approved Authorization Training course.
  • Successful completion of the HIV Skills Building Course for DIS, as provided by the STD Program, which included observed testing and referral sessions.
  • Completion of an approved phlebotomy training within 6 weeks of final Authorization, with documentation of appropriate immunizations and training of blood-born pathogens’ precautions.
  • Demonstration of the ability to conduct a thorough, timely, and effective STD and HIV case investigation.
  • Interviews patients diagnosed with specific STDs or HIV for the purpose of educating the patient and eliciting information that would lead to the testing and treatment of others who may be at risk for the same infection.
  • Attempts to contact patients who have positive STD or HIV lab tests, clients who are known to have been exposed to an STD or HIV, or clients who have behaviors that put them at risk of acquiring infection. 
  • Appropriate and effective assessment of case information to establish investigation priorities and timeline for disease intervention; ability to distinguish between primary and secondary disease intervention needs.
  • Establishes relationships with community organizations and takes time to review the Community Needs
  • Assessment of assigned locality to recognize needs within a community for screening, education, and outreach.
  • Participates in community events that are locally based or statewide; appropriately and effectively represents the IDOH and their host agency at the events; appropriately and effectively provides services and referrals.
  • Conducts HIV Counseling and Testing and provides Counseling and Referral Services for HIV-positive clients according to standard ISDH and CDC protocols. Refers all HIV positive clients to care coordination and medical services.
  • Initiates and maintains confidential case records and ensures that they are completed accurately per IDOH’s internal policies and their host agency’s policies.
  • Thorough knowledge of the current STD Treatment Guidelines and STD Surveillance Case Definitions published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Acts as a informative and knowledgeable resource for recommended STD treatments to healthcare providers.
  • Interacts regularly with members of the medical profession to verify and/or obtain pertinent medical information; is adequately aware of the HIPAA Privacy Rule for Public Health.
  • Completes necessary reports and forms, maintaining thorough documentation of all interviews and field activities, per the training and policies of IDOH and CDC.
  • As needed, designs and participates in community outreach activities that include screenings, health fairs, and educational presentations. 
  • Performs phlebotomy in the field and in a clinic setting for patients in need of blood tests.
  • Interprets laboratory results for standard STD tests and recognize recommended treatments.
  • Conducts all business in a professional, nonjudgmental manner.
  • May be required to work other evenings and weekends periodically.
  • Possesses a valid Indiana driver’s license and reliable automobile with insurance.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 


What You'll Need for Success:

  • Ability to complete with 80% passing or higher, CDC's federal training for STD Programs called, "Passport to Partner Services" and final Authorization Training. Ability to maintain this knowledge and help grantees learn and implement this information.
  • Ability to represent the Program, the Division, and/or Agency effectively and appropriately at local, state, or nationwide events regarding population health and public health.
  • Ability to work effectively with external organizations, individuals, health care professionals, and clinic staff.
  • Ability to apply extensive problem identification and problem-solving methods to daily work.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and be self-sufficient as well as the ability to work within a team on shared tasks, projects, or assignments. Additionally, the ability to provide appropriate report of activities completed independently.
  • Extensive knowledge of record keeping and consultation methods and the ability to apply these daily works.
  • Ability to work with and maintain confidentiality and security of HIV and STD surveillance data.
  • Ability to learn about state and federal departments and agencies which have programs or services affecting HIV and STD surveillance, including knowledge of the Indiana State.
  • Ability to effectively work with organizations, individuals, and health care professionals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally in-person or over the phone with direct team members, division members, and external partners. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in an appropriate style for government documents.
  • Ability to elicit sensitive information from patients with STDs or HIV regarding lifestyle choices (including substance use), sexual practices, and barriers faced to safer sexual experiences in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to work during public health emergencies throughout the state.
  • Working knowledge of specialized forms and procedures used in the assigned work.
  • Basic knowledge of agency program terminology and special regulations.
  • Basic knowledge of the policies, programs and activities of the office and the ability to apply these to pertinent situations.
  • Ability to prepare and write correspondence and reports of technical or specialized nature.
  • Ability to engage in antiracism and health equity education and trainings.
  • Ability to learn and use Microsoft programs, including but not limited to Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word and Publisher. Additionally, ability to use programs such as Adobe Acrobat, and videoconferencing services such as Zoom or WebEx.
  • Ability to engage in investigative actions in an honest and purposeful way that follows all local, state, and federal HIPAA regulations. 


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Lafayette