Communicable Disease Coordinator

Website Crook County

Under the supervision of the Clinic Supervisor, the Communicable Disease Coordinator performs a variety of programmatic, investigative, prevention, and clinical duties. Depending on licensure/certification, this position performs tests and health screening of patients, administers medication, and provides counseling and education on health issues.
Essential Job Functions

Communicable Disease/Tuberculosis

  • Responsible for outcomes and standards for Program Element PE 01 and TB Program.
  • Coordinate, manage, and implement Communicable Disease Program.
  • Investigate reportable disease reports per state guidelines.
  • Maintain timeliness of reporting for communicable disease at 100%.
  • Utilize the Orpheus Database for disease reporting to the state.
  • Work with the medical community in regards to disease reporting and education.
  • Maintain and update policies/procedures/Standing Orders as needed.
  • Attend annual Or-Epi conference and complete up to 8 hours of credit every two years.
  • Work with epidemiologists and the Director to produce an annual summary of CD data.
  • Monitor West Nile Plan.
  • Lead in Animal Bite Reporting Program.
  • Participate with Environmental Health lead in foodborne outbreak investigations.
  • Educate health department staff on pertinent disease processes.
  • Provide community outreach and education on communicable disease issues.
  • Coordinate and see clients for the syringes services program.


  • Coordinate, manage, and implement Tuberculosis Program per state guidelines.
  • Maintain vaccination status of employees and TB testing as needed.
  • Follow state requirements for follow-up on Tuberculosis cases.
  • Provide home visit for Active Cases until treated.
  • HIV Counseling and Testing for all cases (TB).
  • Provide Direct Observed Therapy if needed.
  • Attend State Trainings

Public Health Preparedness in Communicable Disease Role

  • Attend training to keep current on preparedness issues in relationship to epi response.
  • Work with local and state staff to participate in emergency drills.
  • Participate and maintain local public health department emergency response systems (24/7/365 on call, emergency public information line and Health Alert Network) in relationship to Communicable Disease.
  • Prepare and instruct classes/presentations on selected subjects in communicable disease.
  • Operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of investigating emergency situations and for meetings throughout the county. Operates a two-way radio.

Miscellaneous duties as assigned

  1. HIV counseling and testing
  2. immunization back-up and assistance for influenza
  3. Blood pressure checks
  4. Head lice/rash checks
  5. Attend health related workshops are arranged
  6. Public presentations on a variety of health related topics
  7. Assist in other Health Department clinics only rarely if needed through request by administrator.


1.      Equipment used – Personal computer and related software, telephone, printer, copier, facsimile.

a.      Use of computers for word processing, data analysis, and Microsoft Outlook.

  1. Knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules that govern environment   health programs and standard for follow up of disease investigations and outbreaks.

3.      Knowledge of laboratory testing procedures.

4.      Skills in writing clear and concise correspondence, newsletters, records, reports and statistical data.

5.      Knowledge and ability to perform interviews.

6.      Knowledge of Public Health Law.

7.      Knowledge of Public Health Nursing policies, practices, and procedures.

8.      Knowledge of Community Resources.

9.      Ability and skill to work independently and make effective decisions.

10.  Ability and skill in counseling and working with the public (upset clients).

11.  Ability and skill to learn and operate special software programs used by the department.

12.  Ability and skill to learn the established practices and procedures of the department.

13.  Ability and skill to contribute to a positive work environment.

14.  Ability and skill to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

15.  Ability to maintain confidentiality.

16.  Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary and travel when required.

17.  Ability to explain established policies and procedures using judgment and diplomacy.

18.  Trained in Incident command Functions.

19.  Ability to work with biohazards in the laboratory.

20.  Ability to work in a fast paced environment.

21.  Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Performance Indicators

  • Contribution to a minimum of one organization-wide initiative per year (i.e. Quality Improvement processes, reaccreditation, annual staff training implementation, department-wide meetings, et cetera)
  • Timely submission of reporting requirements for each assigned program area, including Operational Plan outcomes recorded in performance management software (i.e. VMSG)
  • Timely compliance with State and Federal reporting guidelines
  • Utilization of project management software (i.e. Sharepoint) to support department-wide initiatives including website and social media communications

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibility.

Work Environment

This is largely a sedentary role with some clinical work; however, some filing, lifting and carrying

may be required. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers,

phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Ability to work in a fast paced


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; lift; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  Ability to lift up to 20 pounds, twist, and bend.   Ability to perform CPR if needed.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This can be a full or part-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday with rotating on-call status.


There is occasional travel for conferences, regional meetings, and local investigative response or outreach.

Required Education and Experience

  • License or Certification Required:  Registered Nurse or Community Health Worker
  • Experience with community health or a combination of education and experience in communicable disease and public health preparedness.

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Baccalaureate in related field
  • Bilingual
  • Qualified or Certified Health Care Interpreter
  • Trained Disease Intervention Specialist

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must hold a valid Oregon driver’s license and valid American Heart Association CPR card.
  • Prior to or on date of hire:
    • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
    • Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test
    • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree, certified transcripts, and licensure, as applicable

Safety Sensitive Requirements

This position is considered to be a safety sensitive position, subject to drug screen(s) and adherence to all vaccine/immunity requirements for the healthcare setting.

AAP/EEO Statement

  • This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description 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.

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