Prevention Specialist

Prevention Portsmouth, Ohio



The Prevention Specialist is responsible for the coordination of all activities related to HIV, HCV and STI testing of people who use Opioids in rural Ohio. This individual will collaborate closely with The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health, the Principle Investigator, and the study team employed by OSU to accomplish all study goals.  This specialist will conduct client-centered HIV test counseling services to individuals voluntarily seeking HIV testing services throughout the Southern Ohio region. The individual holding this position is responsible for overseeing all daily functions for the program.


Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, traveling, driving or having reliable transportation, utilizing a computer for typing, online outreach, and conducting research; attending meetings; and presenting to small and large groups.

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.

SALARY: $32,100-$40,200


  • Implementing HIV, HCV and STI testing for study participants, most of whom are people who inject drugs or people who use opioids.
  • Testing includes; conducting HIV antibody test, providing pre-test and post-test counseling, offering appropriate referrals to clients and conducting follow-up contact with clients as needed.
  • Participating in OSU team planning meetings to coordinate activities for the study.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on program activities, including ensuring that data is entered timely and accurately into the necessary data system.
  • Assisting with the counseling and testing activities organized by Equitas Health.
  • Implementing outreach activities that reach the target populations.
  • Participating in local and state meetings and committees as required.
  • Building and maintaining a positive and professional relationship with funders and other community organizations.
  • Reviewing and recommending potential resources that are culturally relevant to the targeted communities.
  • Providing input and support to the prevention and education department.
  • Staying informed about current Opioid use trends and developments, as well as state-of-the-art HIV prevention efforts and strategies.
  • Demonstrate unconditional positive regard to clients and conduct all aspects of job responsibilities with a focus on exceptional customer service.
  • Continuously grow and develop cultural competency, exhibiting an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity.
  • Contribute to a positive work environment by demonstrating unconditional positive regard to all Equitas Health employees, interns, etc. with an understanding, awareness, and respect for diversity.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications

  • Minimum of high school diploma or GED.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills a must.
  • Knowledge and experience with the addictions/recovery community preferred and must embrace diversity of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community.
  • 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