Prevention Health Navigator
Established in 1984, Equitas Health is a regional nonprofit community healthcare system. A federally-designated Community Health Center, it is one of the largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS serving healthcare organizations in the United States. With 21 offices in 13 cities, Equitas Health serves tens of thousands of patients in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through patient-centered, integrated, and cutting edge services, including primary and specialized medical care, pharmacy, dentistry, behavioral health, HIV/STI treatment and prevention, PrEP/PEP, Ryan White/HIV case management, care navigation, advocacy, and other community health initiatives. The Equitas Health Pharmacy is an integral and essential part of the health center’s comprehensive care and business models, reinvesting 100% of profits back into the organization’s programs and services. Equitas Health operates pharmacies serving patients in Ohio and Texas.
The Equitas Health Institute and the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) are divisions of Equitas Health. For more information, visit equitashealth.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.
The Prevention Health Navigator is responsible for the implementation of the Early Intervention Services program at Equitas Health. The individual will be responsible for organizing and conducting all aspects of the program, including recruiting and engagement/outreach, screening and enrolling, assessment, and coordinator of all referrals to other service providers. The Prevention Health Navigator will also conduct client-centered HIV test counseling services to individuals voluntarily seeking HIV testing services both onsite and offsite. They will also provide community education regarding the importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and will enroll eligible participants into the Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI). This position promotes the independence, stability, and health of persons at high risk of attaining HIV and those living with HIV/AIDS by providing culturally competent health navigation services.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, planning, organizing, implementing and facilitating group and outreach activities, 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.
Salary: $18.26 - $19.23/hour
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
- Provide high quality health navigation for clients by assisting them to access medical services, health insurance, Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI) benefits, and other resources and services to improve health outcomes.
- Conduct evidenced based HIV prevention interventions in accordance with grant and funder guidelines.
- Community based presentations on sexual health and the importance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
- Recruitment via collaboration with DIS, Equitas Health client services, self-referral, physicians, Equitas Health testing sites, health fairs, and other community resources.
- Plan and conduct ongoing evaluation of how the intervention is meeting established goals and fidelity.
- Provide client centered HIV test counseling services (CTR).
- Represent the community at local and state HIV prevention planning and/or community groups.
- Build and maintain a positive and professional relationship with funders and other community organizations.
- Collect, analyze, and report data on program activities, including ensuring data is entered timely and accurately into the necessary data system.
- Complete assessments as needed, that focus on specific barriers and assist the client in successfully overcoming barriers to HIV prevention. Prevention Health Navigators will assist clients in completing and submitting all necessary documentation related to these assessments.
- Function as a central and primary access point for financial assistance programs, including but not limited to Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI), Gilead Patient Assistance Program, and other assistance programs as appropriate. Prevention Health Navigators will complete and submit paperwork as is needed to support client in maintaining these assistance programs.
- Provide input and support to the prevention and education department.
- Stay informed about current HIV/STI trends, developments, as well as state-of-the-art prevention efforts and strategies, including being well-versed on the science and significance of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other Qualifications:
- Associates’ degree or equivalent years’ experience in a community based setting.
- Experience in phlebotomy preferred.
- Basic understanding of how HIV is transmitted, prevented and treated.
- Knowledge about the latest research finding on HIV prevention efforts.
- Ability to document and assess client’s linguistic needs and identify resources needed to enhance communication.
- Ensure participant confidentiality.
- Familiarity with the local and national epidemiological distribution of HIV disease.
- Group facilitation and presentation skills.
- Experience with teaching or giving presentations and program evaluation preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills a must.
- Knowledge and experience with the diversity of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer community required.
- 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/queer community.
- Must have or must acquire within 3 months of employment an HIV Prevention Test Counselor Training, training in implementing HIV testing technology, and certification in one or more of the following interventions as assigned, Healthy Relationships, Personalized Cognitive Counseling, Couples HIV Testing and Counseling, and Mpowerment.
- 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 will vary, including working evenings and weekends based on social outreach activities being conducted outside of regular working hours. Individuals are not considered applicants until they have been asked to visit for an interview and at that time complete