Health Outreach Specialist
Hyde Park Campus
2013008 Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases
About the Unit
The Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, Care2Prevent, in the section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director to provide patient care, case management, behavioral health services, and prevention and outreach programs for people living with HIV and those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection.
The Health Outreach Specialist works to implement HIV testing, linkage, and retention in care programs for the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Establishes connections with members of high-vulnerability networks and attempts to test, link, and engage these members in comprehensive care service programs including PrEP and PEP. Implements alternative venue, network, and partnership notification testing strategies. Develops and implements risk reduction counseling strategies with HIV-positive or high-vulnerability HIV-negative patients. Coordinates and implements engagement in care programming for HIV-positive persons. Coordinates and implements health and sexual wellness programming for persons who are highly vulnerable to HIV infection. Provides HIV and STI risk reduction education and advocacy in the community through relevant community-based organizations, schools, and faith-based communities.
Please note that this position requires a vehicle for 20% local travel, which will be reimbursed based on documented mileage.
Regular weekend and evening hours are required for this position.
This position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.
HIV Testing, Linkage, and Outreach
- Establishes connections with members of high-vulnerability networks and attempts to test, link, and engage these members in care.
- Implements alternative venue, network, and partnership notification testing strategies
- Links newly or previously diagnosed persons into clinical care
- Develops and implements risk reduction and motivational counseling strategies with HIV-positive or
high vulnerability persons in clinical and non-clinical locations.
- Provides HIV and STI education and advocacy in the community through the development of community partnerships, field outreach, and other methods.
Develops and Implements Community Programs
- Responsible for working in the section's Youth Drop-In Program for LGBT and street-based youth.
- May be asked to help design and develop psychosocial or educational group level interventions
- Responsible for the planning and execution of community events
- Utilizes social media, outreach services, network protocols, and direct contact to recruitment members of high priority population members to participate in HIV care and prevention services.
- Sensitivity to and understanding of issues concerning HIV/AIDS preferred
- Attention to detail and ability to prioritize independently preferred
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, problem-solve, reason and communicate effectively in both verbal and written form preferred
- Strong ability to handle high pressure situations preferred
- Comfortable with frequent communication via phone and e-mail preferred
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Bachelor's Degree required
- A minimum of three years of experience working with LGBTQ and/or HIV+ persons required
- Experience providing HIV testing and linkage to care services preferred
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Functional knowledge of computers in order to enter client data into web-based reporting system required
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team preferred
Licenses and Certifications:
- Eligible to obtain an Illinois Driver's License
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
- Direct patient contact
- Clinical care setting
- High stress environment
- High noise environment
- Requires some domestic travel
The following documents are required to be considered for this position:
NOTE: When applying, all required documents, including cover letters, MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
Depends on Qualifications
Scheduled Weekly Hours
Job is Exempt?
Drug Test Required?
Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?
Health Screen Required?
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