PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, TACOMA, WAUNITED STATES Clinic Coordinator of HIV/STD services, Mar 2005 – Oct 2013 Â· Oversight of the HIV/STD program at the local public health level. Â· Manage local disease reporting and surveillance system, disease investigation unit, clinical testing services, health promotion and prevention activities, education and training sector, events, outreach, and harm reduction programs. Â· Educate healthcare workers, patients, and the public about infectious and communicable diseases, including disease transmission and prevention. Â· Provide expertise in the design, management and evaluation of study protocols and health status questionnaires, sample selection and analysis. Â· Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings. Â· Supervise professional, technical and clerical personnel. Â· Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians and others. Â· Teach principles of medicine and medical and laboratory procedures to physicians, residents, students, and technicians. Â· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, government officials, and media representatives and use these relationships to develop new business opportunities. Â· Write interesting and effective press releases, prepare information for media kits and develop and maintain company internet or intranet web pages. Â· Comprehensive statistical analysis of qualitative and quantitative data in order to improve and implement cost effective program planning decisions. Â· Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients’ histories and progress, services provided, or other required information. Â· Organize, lead, and participate in staff meetings, program development task forces, and community collaboration meetings. Â· Create, conduct, and evaluate curriculum for targeting populations at high risk for communicable diseases. Areas of focus include persons with chemical dependency issues, injection drug users, sexually active adolescents, GLBTQ communities, uninsured, low income, and persons of color. Â· Advice clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), injection drug use and other groups at-risk. Â· Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members. Â· Plan or direct development or communication of informational programs to maintain favorable public or stockholder perceptions of an organization’s accomplishments or agenda. Â· Study the objectives, promotional policies, or needs of organizations to develop public relations strategies that will influence public opinion or promote ideas, products, or services. Â· Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source. Â· Design, implement, train, monitor, and evaluate, activities to ensure program effectiveness. Â· Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills and implement alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen. Â· Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives. Â· Organize and develop, or obtain, training procedure manuals and guides and course materials such as handouts and visual materials. Â· Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures. Â· Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts. Â· Design, plan, organize and direct orientation and training for employees and community contract agencies Â· Monitor training costs to ensure budget is not exceeded, and prepare budget reports to justify expenditures. Â· Create clinic schedule for employees and modify as needed. Assign work schedules, following work requirements, to ensure quality and timely delivery of service. Â· Inspect work areas, operating equipment, and adherence to protocols to ensure conformance to establish standards meet OSHA requirements. Â· Train workers in proper operational procedures and functions and explain company policies. Â· Observe and evaluate workers’ appearance and performance to ensure quality service and compliance with specifications. Â· Meet with managers or other supervisors to stay informed of changes affecting operations. Â· Requisition necessary supplies, equipment, or services. Â· Analyze and record personnel or operational data and write related activity reports for quality assurance. Â· Provide annual evaluations, create individual work plans, monitor performance measures and take disciplinary action to address performance problems as necessary. Â· Recruit and hire staff members.
Disease Intervention Specialist, Mar 1999 – Apr 2005 Â· Monitor and report incidents of infectious diseases to local and state health agencies. Â· Plan and direct studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments for disease. Â· Disease management of patients with chronic or reoccurring disease. Â· Communicate research findings on various types of diseases to health practitioners, policy makers, and the public. Â· Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records. Â· Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean. Â· Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height. Â· Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies. Â· Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing. Â· Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses. Â· Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment. Â· Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes. Â· Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories. Â· Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills. Â· Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status. Â· Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary. Â· Advise clients or community groups on issues related to social or intellectual development, such as education, childcare, or problem solving. Â· Advocate for individual or community health needs with government agencies or health service providers. Â· Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members. Â· Conduct home visits for pregnant women, newborn infants, or other high-risk individuals to monitor their progress or assess their needs. Â· Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions. Â· Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community. Â· Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women. Â· Identify the particular health care needs of individuals in a community or target area. Â· Interpret, translate, or provide cultural mediation related to health services or information for community members.
WCHS OF WASHINGTON, FEDERAL WAY, WAUNITED STATES Nursing Supervisor/chemical dependency nurse, Feb 1992 – Feb 1999 Â· Providing chemical dependency counseling and medication assistance for patients on methadone maintenance treatment for opiate addiction. Â· Schedule weekly to monthly counseling sessions to identify risky behaviors, provide referrals as necessary, and ensure program compliance through conducting urinalysis screening. Â· As the methadone reconciliation auditor, I was responsible for ensuring program accountability by evaluating and documenting that state and federal guidelines were met. Â· Work with the FDA and state department to provide written and verbal explanation if compliance records were not within satisfactory limits
EDUCATION BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY, RHODE LISLE, ILLINOISUNITED STATES Completed coursework towards MPH Â· I completed one full year of the program before I experienced a family situation that forced me to take an educational break. Since that time, I have decided to finish pursuing my degree in business or marketing.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ELLENSBURG, WAUNITED STATES BS in Community Health, July 1998 Â· Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.89Received a Single Parent Scholarship for maintaining a GPA of over 3.5 while attending school full-time. Received a Specialization in Chemical Dependency with a minor in psychology.
PIERCE COLLEGE, PUYALLUP, WAUNITED STATES AAS, January 1997 CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE, LAKEWOOD, WAUNITED STATES Practical Nursing Degree, January 1992 Â· Gradated with honors in the top 3% of the class.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS Â· I am a State Recognized HIV Counselor and Testing trainer Â· As a natural leader with a passion for public speaking, I have been asked on numerous occasions to present and/or train at various venues in Pierce County. A sample of sites include o Remann Hall (the local juvenile detention facility), o John School (a diversion program for persons convicted of attempting to purchase sex for money), o Bethal school district, Tacoma school district, Pierce College o Private and Public medical and social service providers Â· Successfully wrote and submitted abstracts for multiple conferences, created the content-based curriculum, and presented the information twice for the Joint Conference of Health, the Adolescent Sexuality Conference, and the National STD Update. Â· Developed and implemented a CDC initiative grant for incarcerated at-risk youth in 2001. Â· Managed team that was voted â€œTeam of the Yearâ€ in 2010. Â· Advanced knowledge of harm reduction strategies and how they impact individual and community health. Â· If you are interested in seeing my portfolio, please email me or call me at
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