Community Health Action of Staten Island HIV Prevention Outreach and Education Specialist in Staten Island, New York
HIV Prevention Outreach and Education Specialist
Staten Island, NY (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=26+Bay+Street+Staten+Island+NY+10301) • Prevention & Intervention
Title: HIV Prevention Outreach and Education Specialist
Department: Prevention and Intervention
Reports To: Case Manager, CPN
Location: 26 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
Position Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Pay Rate: $35,000 annually; excellent benefits package
Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) drives dramatic improvements in the health of New Yorkers by feeding people who are hungry, healing families broken apart by violence, and bridging the gaps between people and the compassionate health care they deserve. CHASI serves the most vulnerable individuals, families, and communities with critical services and programs. CHASI provides outreach, education, prevention, and direct support services for populations most affected by health disparities – the poor and working poor, low-income people with chronic illnesses, persons with criminal justice involvement, substance users, domestic violence survivors, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.
Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)’s HIV prevention activities include but are not limited to 1) in-person outreach efforts to engage persons at high risk for HIV infection; 2) education of high-risk community members about behavioral practices and medical interventions that can decrease acquisition of HIV; 3) Intake-Assessments and Linkages/Facilitation to PrEP/PEP provider and/or social supportive services. The activities listed above are embedded within comprehensive HIV prevention services provided by CHASI, and may be coordinated with the teams of, and/or conducted within, Community Health Action of Staten Island’s Mobile Health Units, storefront offices, and The Pride Center of Staten Island, requiring collaboration and coordination with the management and staff of these service sites. The program in which the CPN Prevention Manager works targets high risk negative clients actively enrolled in CHASI’s syringe exchange program (SEP).
The CPN Prevention Outreach and Education Specialist educates at-risk clients to increase their awareness of PEP and PrEP and discusses all relevant combination prevention measures according to client presentation. Conduct comprehensive prevention education and distributes condoms to each client. Following referral to PrEP, follow up with clients provided such referrals. Assists with client entry into healthcare and social services. Reach out to clients via phone, text, email and letters should they fail to make appointments or stray from documented service planning. This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and requires a flexible schedule such that some of the job tasks will be conducted during evening and late evening hours, and on weekends.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct street and facility-based outreach to the target populations with the program’s peers outreach workers and engage and navigate high risk persons to HIV counseling, education and testing.
Conduct risk behavior screenings to identify persons at high risk of HIV infection.
Educate and counsel high risk persons on combination prevention strategies (e.g. correct and consistent condom use, the importance of frequent HIV testing and screens for other sexually transmitted infections, PreP, and medical interventions intended to assist efforts at staying HIV-negative).
Ensure clients attend appointments for medical intervention and social services and secure documentation about the outcome of such appointments.
Collect and submit to CHASI’s Data Unit accurate data on persons contacted and engaged via both virtual and in-person outreach.
Work collaboratively with the all staff to integrate cross program activities and functions.
Perform all functions in alignment with CHASI’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
The above is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions, and the essential requirements for the performance of the job it is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all the job functions.
Ability to engage and serve the populations targeted by this program; ability to easily work with and engage with diverse groups of people.
At least 1 year of experience providing HIV prevention services/education
At least 1 year of experience performing community outreach; familiarity with Staten Island preferred
Conversant with harm reduction practices, philosophy, and interventions desired.
A team player with an ability to work in diverse teams with shared responsibility and accountability; ability to contribute to a positive, productive, open, and supportive environment that motivates everyone to perform at their best.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) desired.
Equal Opportunity Employer