The Health Officer serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Snohomish Health District with responsibility as provided by statute and applicable laws, for the control and prevention of disease. The Health Officer may provide similar services to other local health jurisdictions under shared services agreement(s) between Snohomish Health District and those local health jurisdiction(s). Under policy direction from the local Board(s) of Health, the Health Officer is responsible for and empowered to enforce the provisions of RCW 70.05.070, RCW 70.58.020 and other applicable state laws. Duties require providing policy guidance and recommendations to the Board of Health and the provision of innovative leadership and active collaboration with a wide range of strategic partners and stakeholders to address public health issues in a rapidly changing environment.
The Health Officer is expected to apply to varied and complex work situations a thorough and complete knowledge of policies and procedures related to the practice of medicine, in addition to a thorough and complete knowledge of public health programs, policies, laws and regulations. The incumbent provides medically accurate, scientifically proven advice or guidance to the Board of Health, the Administrator, agency staff, the local medical community, internal and/or external advisory counsel(s), local, state, tribal and federal public health partners, the media, and the public.
Additionally, the Health Officer is required to help identify priorities and emerging trends, communicate health data and information in a variety of settings, and assist with planning for and response to bioterrorist and other public health emergencies. In coordination with communications personnel, the Health Officer will often act as spokesperson and media contact for the local health jurisdiction. The Health Officer is also expected to work closely and communicate regularly with the medical community and other community groups to build credibility for public health. Advisory groups appointed by the Board of Health work with the Health Officer and other staff to provide two-way communication. . Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of provisions set forth under state law for local health officers, as well as organizational and policy objectives, effect/advice, influence, and contribution to meeting the community's needs.
Examples of Work Performed
Together with the Administrative Officer, advises the Board and Board committees on public health needs in the community and makes recommendations to the Board on policies and programs. Ensures the provision of expert public health advice and leadership to support and inform an evidence-based approach to planning, developing, and delivering public health services and programs.
Provides medical/clinical oversight in the investigation of reported or suspected cases or perceived clusters of diseases or conditions considered a threat to public health. Determines appropriate action including initiating disease prevention and infection control. Provides professional and technical assistance and/or direction in surveillance activities, unusual or particularly sensitive cases.
Develops and issues time-sensitive Health Officer Orders and enforces public health statutes, rules and regulations of the State Board of Health and State Department of Health and local health rules, regulations and ordinances. Emphasis is on communicable disease control and environmental health.
Provides guidance on infectious diseases with community physicians and medical providers, infection control practitioners, agency staff and other providers for the purpose of enhancing surveillance of communicable disease and optimizing timely response.
Develops and issues public health advisories to medical providers, hospitals, community agencies, and the public.
Serves as the Local Registrar for registering births and deaths in Snohomish County.
Designs, performs and/or oversees studies of potential threats to public health and presents findings and recommendations to the Board of Health.
Identifies emerging medical and environmental issues and confers with and makes recommendations to appropriate staff on health-related issues.
Participates in assessing the health status of the community. Provides oversight on comprehensive studies of potentially systemic threats to public health; researches, analyzes, compiles, prepares and presents conclusions, reports and recommended actions. Evaluates the causes of communicable diseases; determines appropriate evaluation and intervention strategies.
Participates in the regular and systematic review of unexpected deaths among infants and children and actively participates on a multi-disciplinary team to enhance interagency communication and improve the quality of data on child deaths to identify risk factors and preventive strategies.
Writes, reviews, and/or revises standing orders and protocols and provides advice for clinical services.
Writes and revises the local list of notifiable conditions.
Conducts or supervises medical and physical examinations, makes diagnoses and administers treatments as needed. Provides medical oversight of clinical programs or activities. Certifies phlebotomy training and expertise of Disease Investigators.
Participates in administrative appeals regarding environmental health permit denials.
Provides medical direction during public health emergencies; assures public is protected from diseases; assures isolation, quarantine and other control measures are ordered and implemented in accordance with state RCWs and WACs.
Acts as a visible public voice in the community for sound medical practices, emerging infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, and local public health policy, and promotes optimum public health/preventive efforts through presentations to professional, civic and lay groups.
In close collaboration with the Board and the Administrative Officer, works with legislators, interest groups (e.g., Washington State Medical Association), and others on regulatory and financial initiatives.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Required:
Education: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree and Master's degree in Public Health (in accordance with RCW 70.05.051).
Experience: Five years' experience as a licensed practicing medical provider and increasingly responsible experience in public health, epidemiology, infectious disease, preventive medicine or a related area.
Or: In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
Licenses, Certifications and Other:
Experience with tuberculosis patient care, preferred
Current licensure to practice medicine in the State of Washington
Registration with the Drug Enforcement Agency for prescription of controlled substances
Valid Washington State Driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record which meets the requirements of Snohomish Health District's insurance carrier
Background check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830
Internal Number: 19-011
About Snohomish Health District
The Snohomish Health District was created in 1959 as an independent special purpose district responsible for public health in Snohomish County. We are separate from Snohomish County government, although it provides financial support and is an essential partner in many functions. Our main office is located in Everett, in the Rucker Building, which we own . We also have leased clinic space in Lynnwood. A 15-member Board of Health oversees policy and budget development for the local health district. All five Snohomish County Council members sit on the Board of Health, together with 10 city council members or mayors representing the cities and towns. Public meetings of the Board of Health are held monthly.