Serve as the Tuberculosis Control Officer for Alaska and liaison with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention TB Elimination Program. Direct the statewide tuberculosis control program, serve as a medical consultant to public and clinical health care providers and oversee the collection and analysis of data collected regarding individuals with TB and latent TB infection. Develop and evaluate strategies to identify and treat persons with TB and assure that they are appropriately treated. Manage Alaska’s CDC TB grant.
Direct the Infectious Disease Program, including surveillance and analysis of infectious diseases of public health importance. Assure that notifiable infectious disease conditions are reported to the Section of Epidemiology in a timely fashion, including enhancing electronic means of reporting and data transfer. Monitor disease trends and direct response to suspected or confirmed outbreaks in Alaska.
Oversee programmatic work supported by several different federal grants, including activities related to healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship; surveillance and prevention of viral hepatitis; and development and implementation of Alaska’s syndromic surveillance system.
Provide telephonic and written medical consultation about infectious diseases of public health importance to physicians and other healthcare providers and respond to media inquiries.
Serve as primary liaison to the Alaska Division of Public Health’s Rural and Community Health Systems Section for infectious disease-related emergencies and preparedness planning.
Conduct descriptive and analytic studies on infectious diseases of public health importance to provide a basis for program planning and policy formulation.
Supervise a team of approximately 15 people, including nurse epidemiologists, a veterinary epidemiologist, a pharmacist, MPH-level epidemiologists, administrative staff, and fellows.
·Eligible to work in the U.S. (The State of Alaska does not sponsor work visas.)
·A medical degree from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathic medicine. (If education was completed in foreign colleges or universities, credentials must be reviewed by a qualified third-party.)
·A license to practice medicine in Alaska, or eligible for licensure.
The Alaska Section of Epidemiology is situated within the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services. The Section has approximately 60 employees and five major programs, including infectious disease, HIV/STD, immunization, environmental and injury surveillance. Information on employee benefits is available at http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/ghlb/index.html