Safe Point Outreach Specialist (Part-Time)
The Safe Point Outreach Specialist is responsible for conducting outreach and community engagement services for the Safe Point program within the Prevention Department at Equitas Health. The individual will operate in accordance with established department and agency protocols and ethical standards. The Safe Point program provides harm reduction services and education to persons who inject drugs (PWID). This position is responsible for performing outreach activities, the provision of sterile injection equipment and other health-related materials, referrals to mental health and treatment for substance use disorders, linkage to medical care, and referrals to other community-based resources. This position will also provide risk reduction guidance and counseling/testing for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV).
PAY RANGE: $31,200-$36,000
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Provide information around HIV, HCV, and harm reduction to PWIDs
- Distribute educational materials, needles, and other safer drug use materials to PWIDs
- Manage and prepare safer sex materials and syringe exchange materials for distribution
- Review and recommend potential resources that are culturally relevant to target populations
- Assess each client’s needs and make appropriate referrals
- Disseminate information about PrEP, PEP, provider sites, and other relevant program information and facilitate distribution of naloxone.
- Assess each client’s Stage of Change and provide motivational, stage-based interventions
- Provide safe spaces for participants to learn about and receive support on implementing risk reduction activities
- Ensure confidentiality of Safe Point program participants
- Conduct anonymous/confidential HIV and HCV counseling and testing services to individuals at risk, following all agency and state protocols
- Collect and accurately record program data in appropriate databases in compliance with program and funder requirements
- Assist in outreach trainings and volunteer events
- Engage the community in addressing awareness and disparities in care surrounding HIV/STIs and PWID
- Network and collaborate with other area professionals and community-based organizations
- Assist with program evaluation, including soliciting feedback from participants on a regular basis
- Work collaboratively with Coordinators and agency staff to ensure proper program implementation
- Assist with creating and/or updating program policies, procedures, goals and objectives
- Stay informed about current HIV, STI, HCV, and AOD trends, developments, as well as state-of-the-art prevention efforts and strategies
- Continuously grow and develop cultural competency, exhibiting an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity
- Ensure compliance with all legislative, program, and funder regulations
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications:
- Minimum of high school diploma; Associate or Bachelor degree preferred.
- Outreach work experience preferred.
- Experience with PWIDs preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills a must.
- Must have sensitivity to, interest in, and competence in cultural differences; AOD/injection drug use; HIV/AIDS; minority health; sexual practices; and a demonstrated competence in working with persons of color and the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community.
- Familiarity with the epidemiological distribution of HIV and how it is transmitted, treated, and prevented.
- Understanding of basic information about HIV, HCV, STIs, and injection drug use.
- Knowledge about the latest research findings on HIV & HCV prevention efforts.
- Ability to provide motivational interventions to promote positive health change.
- Knowledge of and ability to implement the Transtheoretical Model of Change (i.e. Stages of Change) and ability to assess each participant’s stage of change (or willingness to learn).
- Skilled in patient navigation (or willingness to learn).
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and comfort with learning other computer applications required.
- Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, supervising, monitoring, and evaluating all aspects of the project as well as traveling, driving or having reliable transportation, utilizing a computer for typing and data inputting, online outreach, and conducting research; attending meetings; and presenting to small and large groups.
Background and reference checks will be conducted. Hours may vary, including working evenings and weekends based on programming and social outreach activities. Individuals are not considered applicants until they have been asked to visit for an interview and at that time complete an application for employment. Completing the application does not guarantee employment. In accordance with the organization’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, pre-employment drug testing will be administered. EOE/AA