The Temporary Linkage to Care Specialist will provide HIV/STI testing, results notification and linkage to care for individuals seeking HIV/STI testing at Care2Prevent (C2P) or associated community spaces. This individual will be responsible for results notification, explanation of treatment options, partner elicitation and linkage to/engagement in care for those who are HIV positive or at increased vulnerability for HIV. The individual in this role will complete weekly reporting responsibilities and requires a high level of effective communication, documentation and collaboration. This worker will implement HIV/STI testing, linkage, and retention programs for Care2Prevent. They will engage individuals at increased vulnerability in HIV/STI testing, HIV and PrEP care, resource counseling and other engagement activities at Care2Prevent facilities and associated community spaces. They will be expected to establish connections with members of high-risk networks and attempt to test, link, and engage these members in care. The Temporary Linkage to Care Specialist will be expected to:
â¢Â Â Â Provide HIV/STI testing, including pre and post-test counseling, results notification, linkage-to-care and assist clients with PrEP navigation, including referrals, appointment scheduling and follow-up, following PrEP protocol, and collecting and entering data â¢Â Â Â Collect patient informed consent and specimens for processing, including obtaining urine, blood, and saliva samples collected via venipuncture, oral swab, and patient specimen self-collection â¢Â Â Â Recruit eligible participants for grant-funded HIV prevention and care projects (by phone, social media, and other channels as needed) to engage individuals to participate in HIV/STI testing and prevention, and other related services â¢Â Â Â Complete client assessments to identify needs and barriers to facilitate appointments and deliver other basic services provided through a range of funded projects â¢Â Â Â Contact clients, document encounters, activities, testing results, assure data accuracy, complete case reports for reportable diseases, and effectively communicate through verbal and written communication â¢Â Â Â Work evening and weekend hours and demonstrate flexibility for irregular schedules as needed â¢Â Â Â Work on-campus and offsite community venues, including on the Comer Mobile Medical Unit and partner agency locations â¢Â Â Â Accommodate up to 40% local travel for this position
The Linkage to Care Specialist will work with the Manager of Community Health and across Care2Preventâ™s multidisciplinary teams (i.e. Ambulatory, Case Management, and Behavioral Health) to execute C2Pâ™s mission of providing trauma-informed, integrated care to communities of need on Chicagoâ™s South Side.
Provision of services:Â Responsible for providing services as specified by current and future grant funding. Services include but are not limited to HIV/STI testing, counseling, managing specimens, managing and recording supplies inventory, reporting and recording data, outreach recruitment, PrEP navigation, resource counseling, and linkage/referrals provision.
Provision of mobile services: HIV/STI testing and resource advocacy services on the Comer Mobile Medical Unit and other locations in community spaces multiple days per week
Documentation and reporting of activities:Â Labeling of collected specimens, documentation of client/patient encounters in data management systems (i.e. REDCap, Apricot, etc.), and completion of paperwork including informed consent, releases of information, electronic case notes, and other required reporting to health authorities.
Participant recruitment:Â Responsible for recruiting eligible participants for grant-funded HIV/STI prevention and care and research projects.Â Recruitment efforts may include but are not limited to social media outreach, event recruitment, community-based outreach, peer recruitment, or network recruitment. Responsibilities may also include recruiting and scheduling research participants and assisting with implementing data collection protocols.
Performs other related work as needed.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required
Attention to detail required
Strong organizational skills required
Strong degree of flexibility required
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills
Strong knowledge of program subject matter
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Creativity to solve problems and challenges
Ability to receive constructive feedback required
Ability to manage stressful situations
Ability and/or willingness to provide HIV/STI treatment, education, and prevention in non-traditional settings (community venues)
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Word
Ability to travel to various community venues across the metropolitan area
Ability to perform phlebotomy or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy within 30 days of hire
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
Ability to work non-traditional hours (i.e. evenings and weekends) required
Education, Experience, or Certification:
GED or High School Diploma required
Sensitivity to and understanding of issues concerning HIV and sexual health required
1-3 years of experience working with LGBTQ+, minority, and marginalized populations preferred
1-2 years of related social service or HIV testing experience preferred
Successful completion of and proficiency in phlebotomy required
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Office and community environment.
Ability to obtain urine, blood, and oral specimens from clients.Â
Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop.
Ability to feel, including perceiving size, shape, temperature, or texture.
Ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements.
Ability to operate equipment necessary to perform job.
Ability to see, including color, depth perception, or clarity.
Effective audio-visual discrimination and perception.
Ability to sit for 4 hours or more.
Ability to tolerate confined spaces.
Ability to travel to various local testing and event sites.
Ability to use computers.
Ability to use Standard Office Equipment.
Ability to use Standard Work Station Equipment.
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