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The University of Washington (UW) and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) are partnering to implement a program that will integrate COVID-19 testing into adult family homes in King County to rapidly scale-up testing among affected residents and workers. Improving access to COVID-19 testing in adult family homes is an important part of improving health equity in King County.
We (The Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) are seeking Temporary COVID-19 Testers to work with us on implementing and scaling up COVID-19 testing in adult family homes. The work will include going to on-site testing events at adult family homes, collecting COVID-19 nasal swabs, and facilitating observed self-collection of specimens both on-site and remotely (home collection).
Duties and Responsibilities Under general supervision of the project co-directors the testers will:
•Travel to adult family homes with concern for COVID-19 •Working with the Nurse lead to ensure smooth client flow at the site •Collect, label and process specimens according to protocol •Instruct patients in self-collection of specimens & observing self-collection •Contacting individuals by video call to facilitate home based collection •Collecting data to facilitate contact tracing •Providing education and teaching on COVID-19 testing, prevention and isolation & quarantine as appropriate •Participating in all agency regulatory compliance activities •Cleaning, stocking, inventorying and organizing supplies •Performing lab and equipment QA
•Bachelor's degree in Public Health or related field and at least 1 year experience. •Ability to establish rapport with diverse groups of people in a very brief amount of time. •Ability to work with communities of people with varied lived experiences in a non-judgmental manner. •Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and spoken) •Knowledge of medical terminology •Maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times. •Carry out assignments and responsibilities reliably in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner. •Strong attention to details. •Washington State Driver's License or the ability to provide transportation to work locations with limited or no public transportation services
•Completion of a Medical Assistant course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or other recognized regional or national accreditation board; OR equivalent education/experience and willingness to obtain MA certification in a short time frame •Previous COVID-related work •Experience working in or with a local health department •Fluency in English is required; bilingual Spanish-English language skills are preferred •Prior experience with handling, processing, and transporting of human biological specimens. •Familiarity with electronic medical record programs (EPIC).
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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“Onsite work” in the interim will vary for units and for specific positions and will be discussed with candidates during the interview process.
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