Prevention Specialist

Prevention Columbus, Ohio



The Prevention Specialist is responsible for conducting outreach services and providing support to the Statewide Initiatives programs as well as the Safe Point program. Work performed by this position will be divided equally between the two programs. The individual will operate in accordance with established department and agency protocols and ethical standards.


The Statewide Initiatives programs are funded by the Ohio Department of Health and are comprised of the Ohio HIV/STD Hotline, the website/outreach campaign, and the Free Condom Project. This position is responsible for the provision of information about sexual health, referrals to preventive services and care, website/resource maintenance, general office duties, and online outreach activities.


The Safe Point program provides harm reduction services and education to persons who inject drugs (PWID). This position is responsible for 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).




Statewide Initiatives

  • Provide information around HIV, STIs, and sexual health to all people in Ohio
  • Assist in maintaining the OHIV website, social media pages, resource guides, and online presence
  • Review and recommend potential resources that are culturally relevant to hotline users
  • Disseminate information about PrEP, PEP, provider sites, and other relevant program information
  • Manage and prepare safer sex materials
  • Collect data and maintain accurate records in electronic databases
  • Provide administrative support including correspondence, filing, and duplicating
  • Demonstrate unconditional positive regard to clients and conduct all aspects of job responsibilities with a focus on exceptional customer service
  • Assist in volunteer and outreach events
  • Stay informed about current HIV & STI trends, developments, and state-of-the-art prevention efforts and strategies
  • Work collaboratively with Coordinator and agency staff to ensure proper program implementation
  • Continuously grow and develop cultural competency, exhibiting an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity
  • Other duties as assigned


Safe Point

  • Distribute educational materials, needles and other safer drug use materials to persons who inject drugs (PWID)
  • Manage and prepare syringe exchange materials
  • Assess each program participant’s needs and make appropriate referrals
  • Assess each participant’s Stage of Change and provide motivational, stage-based interventions
  • Provide safe spaces for clients to learn about and receive support on implementing risk reduction activities
  • Collect and accurately record program data in appropriate databases in compliance with program and funder requirements
  • Assist in outreach trainings and volunteer events
  • Ensure confidentiality of program participants
  • Conduct anonymous/confidential HIV and HCV counseling and testing services to individuals at risk, following all agency and state protocols
  • Engage the community in addressing awareness and disparities in care surrounding PWID
  • Network and collaborate with other area professionals and community-based organizations
  • Assist with program evaluation, including soliciting feedback from clients on a regular basis
  • Assist with creating and/or updating program policies, procedures, goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance with all legislative, program, and funder regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

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.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and comfort with learning other computer applications required.
  • 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 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 client’s stage of change (or willingness to learn).
  • Skilled in patient navigation (or willingness to learn).
  • Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.


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

It is the policy of Equitas Health that no employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, gender-identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, HIV status, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, union activity, military, veteran, and economic status, or any other characteristic protected in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all phases of its personnel activity including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, separation, recall, compensation, benefits, education, recreation, and all other conditions or privileges of employment.

Equitas Health values diversity and welcomes applicants from a broad array of backgrounds.