HIV Research Coordinator
Hyde Park Campus
2012211 Medicine-Infectious Diseases
About the Unit
The Chicago Center of HIV Elimination, embedded within the University of Chicago's main campus in Hyde Park, is located in Chicago's HIV epicenter. Of the 20 neighborhoods in the city with high annual HIV diagnosis rates (greater than 40 per 100,000), 13 of them are no more than eight miles from the University of Chicago. This area includes 4 of the 6 communities with the highest annual diagnosis rates in the city (Washington Park, West Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing and South Shore). Our position within the hardest hit neighborhoods in Chicago provides unique opportunities to advance HIV testing and prevention interventions locally, providing tangible results to those most affected and to improve the lives of those living with and without HIV infection. CCHE seeks to eliminate new HIV transmission events over the next 30 years (from 2011 to 2041) by using network science to target and integrate prevention as well as create structural and community-specific interventions.
The candidate in this position will work on a variety of programs across the service and research continuum. They will provide HIV testing, result notification, and linkage to care for individuals seeking HIV testing at CCHE or the associated community space. They will also help coordinate and conduct research studies. All studies are related to HIV testing, linkage to care, and prevention.
- Pre-test and Post-Test counseling; elicitation of sexual and social networks; provision of results; study recruitment; documentation of encounters; and the processing of participants.
- Provision of services may also include: linkage to HIV and PrEP care; referrals to other community based organizations (CBOs) and social service agencies (e.g. housing, food, and primary care organizations); follow up with participants of the program; monitoring and evaluation of services; development of community outreach programs and procedures; documentation of client encounters and services. .
- Additionally, the individual will assist in the development of protocols and procedures for the network based HIV/STI testing program and linkage to care; and actively pursue required knowledge and skills for professional development.
- Work to implement HIV testing, linkage, and retention programs for the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination.
- Support efforts to seamlessly integrate research and testing/care services.
- Engage individuals at increased vulnerability in HIV/STI testing, HIV and PrEP care, resource counseling and other engagement activities at the community space.
- Work with the CCHE research team, Manager of Care Engagement and Outreach, the network services team, Director of Prevention Services, supportive services team and Principle Investigator.
- Execute outreach scopes of service for HIV-positive and at-risk adolescents and young adults.
- Establish connections with members of high-risk networks and attempts to test, link, and engage these members in care.
- Implement alternative venue, network, and partnership notification testing strategies.
- Link newly or previously diagnosed persons into clinical care.
- Develop and implements risk reduction counseling strategies with HIV- infected or affected persons in clinical and non-clinical locations.
- Implement health and sexual wellness programming for persons who are at risk of acquiring HIV.
- Develop, implement and analyze research programs.
- Provide HIV and STI risk reduction education and advocacy in the community through relevant community-based organizations, schools, and religious communities.
- Work with research team to develop and execute targeted wellness events in which testing and linkage take place.
- Provide partner notification to individuals whose sexual or needle sharing partners are identified.
- Demonstrated effective leadership and teaching skills required.
- Strong knowledge of Chicago social service resources required.
- Strong knowledge of program subject matter required.
- Willingness to attend necessary orientation and trainings through Chicago Department of Public Health and prior to start date required.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team required.
- Flexibility required.
- Creativity required.
- Ability to manage stressful situations required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
- Ability and/or willingness to provide HIV/STI treatment, education, and prevention in non-traditional settings (community venues) required.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Word required.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills required.
- Ability to travel to various community venues across the metropolitan area required.
- Ability to perform phlebotomy or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy required.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree required.
- HIV test counseling certification required.
- 6 months of work experience providing testing and result notification required.
- Previous Phlebotomy experience required.
- Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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