This Prevention Specialist, is responsible for assisting with community HIV prevention education and behavior change/risk reduction programs, with specific attention to conducting HIV testing services at the Equitas Health Center Ohio and at off-site HIV testing events scheduled by the Equitas Health Prevention Education Program. In addition, this individual will implement HIV prevention interventions as required by grant funding and conduct sexual health/HIV/AIDS educational presentations to community groups with the focus on those who fall under the Youth demographic. As a member of the Prevention team, the individual will operate in accordance with established department and agency protocols and ethical standards.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, traveling, driving or having reliable transportation, working varied hours including mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Incumbents must have strong communication skills, have the ability to talk with individuals from diverse background in a respectful and competent manner and be an effective presenter to large and small groups. Attention to detail and ability to enter data accurately into various databases is necessary.
- Providing client centered HIV test counseling services (CTR), Couples Testing (CHTC), and PCC behavioral change testing intervention or any other interventions assigned by the department or funder. Testing includes conducting HIV antibody test, providing pre-test and post-test counseling, offering appropriate referrals to clients, completion of any STI testing, and conducting follow-up contact with clients as needed.
- Assisting with the counseling and testing activities provided by Equitas Health, including supervision of qualified program volunteers.
- Collecting and entering data on program activities, including ensuring data is entered within one week of provision of services and accurately, into the necessary data systems.
- Assist in training of volunteers, students, and new hires in prevention.
- Implementing outreach activities and working with the volunteer coordinator to ensure coverage for community events.
- Reach youth goals set by the grant funding with outreach programming.
- Attending local and/or state HIV prevention groups as assigned.
- Reviewing and recommending potential resources that are culturally sensitive to the targeted community.
- Maintaining good working relationships with other HIV/AIDS educators, including participation with representatives from organizations who do not have HIV/AIDS outreach as part of their mission, but who offer services and programming to the targeted population.
- Keeping informed about current HIV/AIDS trends and developments, as well as state-of-the-art prevention efforts and strategies by obtaining HIV/AIDS specific training per calendar year
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications:
- Minimum of high school diploma; Associate or Bachelor degree preferred.
- Experience with teaching or giving presentations and program evaluation preferred.
- Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Must possess knowledge of and experience with the communities most at risk for acquiring HIV.
- Must have sensitivity to, interest in and competence in cultural differences, HIV/AIDS, minority health, sexual practices, and a demonstrated competence in working with persons of color, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community.
- Must have or must acquire within six months of employment an HIV Test Counselor Training Certificate, Phlebotomy Certification (if assigned), and training in HIV and STI technologies and or policies and procedures.
- Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications and other computer applications required.
- Reliable transportation, driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required.
Background and reference checks will be conducted. Hours may vary, including working some evenings and weekends based on workload. 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 Equitas Health’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, pre-employment drug testing will be administered. EOE/AA