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Program Specialist I HIV & Infectious Disease

Company: CAN Community Health Inc
Location: sarasota
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

CAN Community Health the 2nd largest provider of HIV services in the United States has an excellent opportunity for a HIV Program Specialist in Sarasota, FL. If you are a servant leader interested in a career in public health, community service, and a passion for helping others this is the opportunity for you! Good starting rate of pay and generous "Sign-On Bonus," based upon education and background. Premiere benefit program of medical, dental, paid prescription, disability, life insurance, excellent Paid Time Off Plan, 9 paid holidays, and generous retirement plan with company match!

Statement of Purpose: This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CAN HIV Community Health' Inc., HIV prevention, testing and PrEP navigation programs to all, including those geared toward priority populations including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals and disproportionately affected communities of color. Outreach occurs in mobile locations with its sprinter unit, including hot spot zip codes in assigned region of service. This position is also responsible for building and developing relationships and collaborations with community partners.

Program and Community Development (25%) Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Functions as one of CAN's representatives, with strong program development abilities.

2. Develops/fosters grassroots relationships with community/support resources, including establishing memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) with other medical and social agencies (i.e. substance use, mental health, colleges, shelters, etc.).

3. Collaborates with other disciplines internally and externally to coordinate client/patient services and community needs.

4. Establishes and maintains vendor relationships with self-test and rapid-test kit companies, including a procurement, inventory, and disbursement process.

5. Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.'s mission and values, and follows its policies and procedures.

6. Collaborates with target populations and counties regularly, utilizing innovative interventions.

7. Establishes and/or follows prevention policies, procedures, partnerships, and schedules.

8. Analyzes epidemiological data and plans outreach efforts accordingly.

9. Performs other tasks as directed by supervisor to further the mission of CAN Community Health, Inc.

Prevention and Testing (50%) Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

10. Maps HIV prevention and testing efforts, locally and throughout assigned region.

11. Establishes and maintains an HIV prevention and outreach testing calendar.

12. Drives and maintains the sprinter mobile unit as needed/applicable.

13. Completes weekly clinic(s)/testing in areas of service, which could include occasional overnight stays at local hotels.

14. Provides health screenings including but not limited to -HIV testing, blood pressure and glucose testing to a minimum number of clients per month. Ensures accurate completion and appropriate transport of all forms of minimum number of clients per month. Ensure accurate completion and appropriate transport of all forms of documentation and tracks grant requirements accordingly. Additional STD testing may vary, per area of service and grants received.

15. Develops strategies to identify communities that are at high-risk for HIV, STDs and Hep C.

16. Oversees referrals to community partners, targeted testing activities, marketing and all other activities.

17. Participates in the implementation of the program strategies, evaluation outcomes and ensure the full integration of HIV Prevention Program activities.

18. Develops, reviews and updates policies and procedures related to HIV Prevention Program activities.

19. Ensure accurate completion and prepares reports in accordance with funders requirements.

20. Collaborates with other CAN prevention teams for peer reviews, training and capacity building purposes.

21. Conducts online health education interventions through the use of sex-seeking and dating geolocation applications.

22. Prepares HIV home test kits for distribution and utilizes the chatbot system to provide HIPAA compliant support to clients participating in Tele-Testing program.

PrEP Navigation (20%) Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

23. Assess and address clients' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding PrEP along with their intentions to initiate and comply with a PrEP regimen during HIV testing or navigation appointment.

24. Engage high-risk individuals in discussions regarding HIV risk reduction and PrEP to educate them in what is required of the patient to ensure the most effective use of PrEP.

25. Provide continual client education about PrEP on community and individual levels.

26. Managing area-wide PrEP referrals:

a.) Confirm with referring location that contact has been made with prospective client.

b.) Connection with the respective medical team to enroll client in care via central scheduling or local support.

c.) Provide warm hand-off of client to team as applicable local workflow.

d.) Identifies MD offices to expand CAN PrEP provider network.

26. Train and efficiently navigate EMR system.

27. Providing PrEP Education

a.) If interest expressed in PrEP:

i. Engage in biopsychosocial and financial assessments with patients.

ii. Review of prescription support programs, such as linkage to patient assistance programs such as Advancing Access

Programs, DHHS and others.

iii. Providing client education as it relates to temporary financial assistance.

iv. Links client to a Program Specialist 2 or 3 for further PrEP navigation.

28. Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.'s mission and values and follows its policies and procedures.

Grants management (5%) Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

29. Implements and complies with federal (i.e. CDC, Ryan White), state (Department of Health), and local (county, city) program requirements.

30. Develops and provides grant information for internal and external reports.

Secondary Tasks: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Represents CAN Community Health at local, state, and national conferences and meetings, as deemed necessary.

2. Works in the field to recruit clients, provide HIV and other STD's testing, distribute condoms, provide pre- and post- test counseling, and proper referral to care when needed.

3. Ensures outreach activities are comprehensive, timely, and coordinated in the most effective manner in accordance with the epidemic.

4. Ensures outreach activities adhere to the CAN Community Health guidelines.

5. Ensures client confidentiality 100% of the time by conforming to HIPPA laws and CAN Community Health Policies and Procedures.

6. Maintains confidentiality regarding patient/client and/or family standards in accordance with professional and departmental standards.

7. Participates in quality improvement and assurance processes.

8. Utilizes resources in a cost-effective manner.

9. Continues professional training and education to advance skills/knowledge of HIV and related disease processes, medications, and treatments.

10.Assist with recruitment, training and supervision of outreach volunteers and interns.

11. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Responsible To: Program/Prevention Manager


Physical Requirements: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

Neat, professional appearance.

LIGHT- Exerts up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

Work requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as; preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer monitor; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small objects, and/or operation of clinical equipment, devices and tools.

Requires expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken word, visual and auditory acuity.

Work is performed in both a clinical indoor setting and outdoor setting utilizing the mobile sprinter unity and or tents for outreach events.

Requires moderate travel to community meetings throughout the assigned territory county.

Required Education/Professional Experience: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Public health, social work, and/or health education/social sciences bachelor's degree and three (3) year minimum of relevant work experience.

2. Experience working with priority populations, including injection drug users (IDU), as well as Hispanic, African American and Native American communities.

Preferred Education/Professional Experience: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Three (3) years plus in HIV programmatic experience and/or healthcare program development.

2. Medical assistant, public health, and/or nursing experience.

3. Experience and comfort-ability administering HIV rapid testing and/or drawing blood, per state requirements.

4. Bilingual in Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Ability to apply principals of health promotion and disease prevention.

2. Ability to accurately coordinate several tasks at one time.

3. Able to work autonomously.

4. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population.

5. Knowledge of community health services and agencies.

6. Demonstrates visual and auditory acuity.

7. Working knowledge Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Power Point Presentation and Microsoft Word

8. Experience with development and implementation of HIV Prevention procedures

9. Ability to self-motivate

10. Managerial and Leadership skills

11. Demonstrates experience with Ryan White, CDC, and 340B mandates, documentation, and compliance.

12. Demonstrates appropriate organizational skills.

13. Demonstrates excellent communication, intervention and people skills.

14. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.

15. Demonstrates knowledge of documentation protocols.

Machines/Equipment and Tools Used: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

1. Computer

2. Telephone

3.Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Training Requirements: Program Specialist HIV Infectious Disease Public Health

o All new employees are required to attend New Employee Orientation

o At least 1-2-week out-of-state onboarding training(s), included but not limited to:

HIV prevention planning

Testing best practices

PrEP Navigation

Mobile unit management

Basic annual safety

Blood borne pathogen

Hazard Communication

Infectious Waste



Contract management

o On-going internal and external grassroots development training

o Department of Health required training

o Other internal/external training as deemed necessary

Travel Requirements: Moderate in-state and occasional out-of-state travel required, including prevention outreach work in the community on evenings and weekends as needed in area of service. This includes the responsibility and operation of a company van/mobile unit. Requires a valid driver's license.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

CAN is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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