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Lead Poisoning Prevention Specialist-HEALTH

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Health Department 

Pay:  $19.64 per hour  

Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday -- Friday. Some work outside of normal business hours could occur  


This is a professional staff position in the Sedgwick County Health Department that works to reduced lead poisoning in Sedgwick County residents. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Specialist performs duties and assignments related to case management of persons with elevated blood lead levels and environmental assessment of places where lead exposure may have occurred. This position is responsible for interviewing clients with elevated lead levels; performing environmental assessments; obtaining specimens from clients; and educating clients, providers and the public to reduce the number of elevated blood lead cases in Sedgwick County. Work is directed, reviewed and evaluated using established performance indicators and goals.


Conduct elevated blood lead home assessments and disease investigations per established state and local guidelines

  • Perform elevated blood lead (EBL) home assessments per protocol and guidelines, including accurately and thoroughly completing required documentation.
  • Perform timely and accurate investigations of individual elevated blood lead reports.
  • Drive to client homes and, as needed, other locations to perform lead exposure assessments.


Monitor and report on elevated blood lead data to improve the health of the community

  • Assist with descriptive analysis of elevated blood lead investigation data.
  • Prepare reports on investigative activities and findings with support from and review by supervisor and Epidemiologist.
  • Assist in planning and implementing projects to monitor, prevent, or control elevated blood lead.


Work with health partners to educate and collaborate in controlling the spread of disease

  • Build partnerships with internal and external partners.
  • Work with Health Department’s WIC program on lead screening activities.
  • Consult with public, private, and nonprofit health and health-related state and local agencies and organizations to provide technical assistance based on current research and regulations to improve disease reporting and prevent blood lead poisoning.
  • Create educational materials for health partners and the public using research or literature reviews and health literacy standards to develop the materials.


Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in a science or health related field – OR - two years of work experience performing inspections or patient assessments. Six months of phlebotomy (venipuncture) experience.  One year of experience using Microsoft Suite. License, certifications, etc.   Per Sedgwick County policy, this is a driving level position that requires a valid Kansas driver’s license without restrictions and current proof of automobile insurance. In order to comply with the requirements of the federal health care staff COVID-19 vaccination mandate, all employees of COMCARE and the Health Department must be fully vaccinated. All offers of employment are contingent upon submission of vaccination documentation prior to start date. 


Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public health, biology, chemistry, environmental science, medical technology/clinical laboratory science or related field. One year experience performing venipuncture on children. At least two years of experience or training in public health or in a hospital or health clinic.  One year of environmental training or experience.  One year of experience with data management or data analysis. Bilingual in English and Spanish.  Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, or other medical certification or licensure.


It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita

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