PUBLIC HEALTH TECHNICIAN
SUMMARY. Performs public health activities and programs in support of the Aerospace Medicine Program in a medical treatment facility (MTF). There are two major divisions within Public Health: Community Health Management and Force Health Management. Tasks include: food safety and security; medical entomology; communicable, environmental, vectorborne, and zoonotic disease prevention and control, medical record reviews; community related public health medical readiness activities (disaster team responsibilities); public health education and training, occupational health examinations, Preventive Health Assessments, Deployment Health Assessments; and Individual Medical Readiness (IMR).
1.1 Mandatory knowledge and skills.
1.1.1. Standard use of office equipment, such as computers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, telephone and office automation systems.
1.1.2 Use of Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel, at a minimum) to prepare reports and other documents.
1.1.3 Have general medical ethics, telephone etiquette, and excellent communication and customer service skills.
1.1.4 Ability to plan, organize, schedule, and coordinate activities such as appointments, meetings, and suspense timelines.
1.1.5 Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
1.1.6 Use of English language, correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and formatting skills to prepare and edit written and electronic correspondence and reports.
1.1.7 Knowledge in and understanding of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).
1.1.8 Knowledgeable in proper selection of personnel protective equipment (PPE).
1.2 Education. An Associate Degree in nursing or other related educational program such as allied, community health, or public health OR prior military training (AFSC 4E0X1), and successful completion of Air Force Public Health Technical training..
1.2 Experience. Personnel must have at least two years experience in a related public/community health/nursing position OR four (4) years of prior military experience in a public health position.
1.3 Work Environment/Physical Requirements. The work may be sedentary at times; however, the Public Health Technician must be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time and to walk on a regular basis. Physical demands include walking, standing, sitting, bending and carrying of light items up to 35 pounds. Travel to other sections of the MTF or Air Force Base may be required. This includes areas near the base that may be the responsibility of the medical group.
2. UNIQUE MILITARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS/PROCEDURES:
2.1 Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA)
2.2 Composite Health Care Systems (CHCS)
2.3 Aeromedical Services Information Management System (ASIMS) Web
2.4 Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community-Based Epidemics (ESSENCE)
2.5 Air Force Reportable Events Surveillance System (AFRESS)
2.6 Air Force Safety Automated System (AFSAS)
2.7 Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System (DOEHRS)
2.8 In addition to the directives, instructions, regulations and guidance in Section C, Paragraph 5, Applicable Publications, of the main contract, the following apply to this labor category:
- Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1910, applicable subparts
- Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 2000.16, DoD Antiterrorism Standards
- DoDI 2000.18, DoD Installation CBRNE Emergency Response Guidelines
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code (with AF changes)
- Air Force Instruction (AFI) 10-245, Antiterrorism
- AFI 10-246, Food and Water Protection Program
- AFI 44-107, Preventive Health Assessment, 22 Feb 2012
- AFI 48-116, Food Safety Program
- AFI 48-105, Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Diseases and Conditions of Public Health or Military Significance, 01 Mar 2005
- AFI 48-144, Drinking Water Surveillance Program, 28 Sep 2010
- AFI 48-145, Occupational and Environmental Health Program, 15 Sep 2011
- AFI 48-149, Flight and Operational Medicine Program, 29 Aug 2012
- AFI 91-203, Air Force Consolidated Occupational Safety Instruction, 15 Jun 2012
- AFMAN 48-154, Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessment, 28 Mar 2007
- AFMAN 48-155, Occupational and Environmental Health Exposure Controls, 1 Oct 2008
- AFOSH Std 48-22, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 1 Mar 1994
2.9 The Government will provide on-the-job training covering the protocols and policies for the requesting location within the first two weeks of the start date. After completion of the training, the individual will be required to independently function in this position and meet all performance expectations. Competency is at the sole discretion of the Government.
2.10 The Government will provide appropriate PPE. This does not include a uniform or laboratory coat.
3. PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES:
3.1 Performs epidemiological investigations, patient interviews and health education/control measures. Monitors treatment/follow-up actions on infectious patients and their contacts as well as personnel exposed to blood and body fluids. Monitors rabies control program. Assists with investigations of disease outbreaks. Collects and compiles epidemiological data.
3.2 Conducts food inspections IAW the regulatory requirements. Inspects foods, containers and/or vehicles and reports results to department manager/food managers concerning safety and security of foods on receipt and in storage. Collects and ships food for laboratory analysis. Evaluates and completes inspection records.
3.3 Conducts sanitation evaluations. Determines compliance with sanitary standards and reports discrepancies. Recommends inspection frequencies and schedules/conducts food/sanitation training.
3.4 Assists with evaluating risk of vectorborne disease transmission. Collects and identifies vector species. Educates forces and base populations on prevention and control of vectorborne diseases.
3.5 Performs occupational health assessment and/or occupational illness investigations; conducts duty location surveys to identify health concerns; recommends corrective actions with program training and tracking of members.
3.6 May be a member, record minutes or provide input to the Occupational & Environmental Health Working Group (OEHWG).
3.7 Participates in the Deployment Medical Surveillance Program to include, but not limited to scheduling, tracking and reporting on pre/post-deployment requirements.
3.8 Assists in scheduling and coordination of the deployment health assessments.
3.9 Assists healthcare provider teams with interpretation and application of medical standards to determine medical qualifications for occupational duty, worldwide duty, mobility status,
flying status, and special duty. Provides administrative management of the Medical Profile Program; assists with retraining, specialist duties, and waivers.
3.10 Performs Preventive Health Assessments (PHA). Reviews fitness assessment surveys, retrieves required information from patient medical record reviews and/or schedules patient visit to obtain required information. Determines if patients need to be examined by a credentialed provider.