COVID Temporary Housing Screener

Organization: 
Urban Affairs Coalition
Division / Program: 
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Position Details
Program Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its newly created Division of COVID-19 Containment, is responsible for monitoring COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 exposure within Philadelphia and developing appropriate mitigation strategies. In order to do this, PDPH is expanding its surveillance and detection capabilities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia residents are quickly identified and investigated. As the lead agency responding to this public health crisis in Philadelphia, this Division will also work to educate residents on COVID-19, develop policies to slow the spread of disease, manage isolation & quarantine sites, provide infection control guidance to healthcare institutions and work with partners to address other public health issues related to COVID-19 as they arise in the City of Philadelphia.

A large component of surveillance and response activities is isolation of ill individuals and quarantine of exposed individuals to ensure disease incidence remains low.  There are several challenges associated with isolation and quarantine measures for people who are experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental health conditions, intellectual disabilities and others.  PDPH, with other city agencies, has expanded capacity to provide temporary accommodation for these people to observe them through their isolation or exposure period.

Position Summary: 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), through its newly created Division of COVID-19 Containment, is responsible for monitoring COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 exposure within Philadelphia and developing appropriate mitigation strategies. In order to do this, PDPH is expanding its surveillance and detection capabilities to ensure that cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia residents are quickly identified and investigated. As the lead agency responding to this public health crisis in Philadelphia, this Division will also work to educate residents on COVID-19, develop policies to slow the spread of disease, manage isolation & quarantine sites, provide infection control guidance to healthcare institutions and work with partners to address other public health issues related to COVID-19 as they arise in the City of Philadelphia.

A large component of surveillance and response activities is isolation of ill individuals and quarantine of exposed individuals to ensure disease incidence remains low.  There are several challenges associated with isolation and quarantine measures for people who are experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental health conditions, intellectual disabilities and others.  PDPH, with other city agencies, has expanded capacity to provide temporary accommodation for these people to observe them through their isolation or exposure period.

Reports To: 
Logistics Coordinator
Salary & Benefits: 

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package consisting of medical and dental coverage, paid sick, vacation, and personal time, and a retirement plan.

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 

The COVID Temporary Housing Screener will perform the following essential job functions:

  • Monitor the requests for placement at the City housing sites, under the supervision of the shift Screening Lead
  • Communicate with and gather information from shelter and healthcare providers to determine eligibility for placement at the isolation and quarantine sites
  •  Maintain thorough records and notes to inform all Screening Team members of progress and status of patients under review
  • Attend regular Screening Team meetings, remotely, to stay up to date on protocols and assist in quality improvement processes
  • Clearly and reliably communicate with external partners on placement of individuals at quarantine and isolation sites
  •  Help in discharge planning for individuals placed at I&Q sites, when necessary.
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the Temporary Housing Team through conference calls and in-person meetings as required
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health or biologic/social science along with demonstrated interest in social work or experience with community engagement
  • History of working with people in a positive manner.
  • Experience in the health or social work field.
  • Knowledge of community resources or experience dealing with individuals with substance abuse issues, and/or former prison inmates is a plus
  • Communicate directly with individuals to be housed, when necessary, to inform the individual of I&Q expectations and to collect missing information.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to interact appropriately and effectively with a wide range of persons
  • Candidates should have strong critical thinking skills, excellent English language skills, including composition, grammar, and public speaking
  • Experience conducting telephone-based or in-person interviews and Spanish language fluency are advantageous
  • Computer skills are necessary and should include the ability to access and navigate various databases and software programs following training
  • Flexibility, professionalism and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously are highly valued attributes
  • Equally comfortable working individually and within a team environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration in a dynamic urban health department
More Details: 
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS This job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 50 pounds. The position may require some travel and occasional participation in off-site functions. The position requires responding to public health emergencies and at times requires rapid turnaround of communications on short notice.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Forward cover letter and resume to iscott@uac.org with "COVID Temporary Housing Screener" in the subject line.
Additional Application Info: 

TO APPLY

At the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, we value health justice. Our work is guided by a commitment to all people’s health and humanity, and we recognize the impact that COVID-19 has on our city's diverse population. We are dedicated to building a staff that reflects the diversity of Philadelphia. We encourage applications from individuals who identify with one or more of the following groups:   

 

a) People of color,  

b) Individuals with disabilities,  

c) LGBTQ+,  

d) First-generation college students,  

e) Individuals from a family that has qualified for federal financial assistance, 

f) Other historically underrepresented or marginalized groups. 

Applicants who are originally from and live in the Philadelphia area are also strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please submit: 

  1. A resume or CV  

A cover letter that includes: 
- Your experience in or with Philadelphia, if any  
- Your past or proposed contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion