Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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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 workplace outbreak investigations and rapidly scale-up testing among affected workers. Improving access to COVID-19 testing among essential workers in non-healthcare settings is an important part of improving health equity in King County.
We are seeking Workplace Contact Tracers (Research Coordinators) to conduct contact tracing activities for the COVID-19 outbreak response specifically in non-healthcare workplaces. The work of the Workplace Contact Tracer involves conducting in-depth interviews with confirmed cases and follows up with their contacts in order to notify them about test/exposure status, reinforce isolation and quarantine (I/Q) guidelines, facilitate adherence to I/Q by supporting individual's needs. The contact tracers will work closely with the COVID-19 public health workplace investigation team.
Under general supervision of the project co-directors, they will:
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Call assigned COVID positive cases, and conduct in-depth interviews using call scripts and protocols; simultaneously enter call data into RedCap
Follow-up with contacts of cases, using call scripts and protocols
Follow-up on peripheral requests with their cases/contacts to make sure their requests for information have been met or whether additional referrals are needed
Coordinate testing of contacts and coordinate with the testing team to conduct on-site testing events
Coordinate referrals for support services to appropriate agencies.
Data Collection and Administrative
Interact with multiple platforms like RedCap, Mosio, and Dynamics
Document challenges and brings to team during debrief; resolves accordingly
Strict adherence to client confidentiality and handling of PHI (like notes taken, and other communication)
Participation in data collection and quality improvement activities specific to the workplace testing project
Facilitate grocery services
Facilitate access to interpretation services as needed Other duties as required
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Science, or a related field and at least one year experience to include:
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.
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.
Strong oral communication skills.
Ability to travel to multiple local work locations.
Ability to comprehend complex information and adapt to changing guidance. In order to successfully complete training, new employees must pass a graded assessment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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