Philadelphia Fight
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers

Lead, Community Prevention Services CTR Specialist

Job Description

Hours: M-F 9:00 to 5:00 pm; some early mornings, frequent evenings, weekends, and late nights are required.  

*Schedule is subject to change based upon program needs*

Department: Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers

Supervisor(s): Director of Community Prevention & Navigation Services

Full-Time, 40 hours per week; non-exempt

Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers (FIGHT) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which provides comprehensive health services in Philadelphia. These services include multi-disciplinary, patient-centered trauma informed primary medical care, specialty HIV/AIDS/Hep-C care, case management, dental, behavioral health and substance abuse services, women's health clinic, nutrition counseling/health education; extensive preventive education program including HIV testing, Hep-C testing, PrEP and a variety of other services and programs. FIGHT has been dedicated to providing top quality health care services in our community for over 25 years.

 

Our multi-site facilities, including The Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, John Bell Health Center, Pediatric & Adolescent (YHEP) Health Center and Dental Services, provides culturally competent, non-judgmental, high quality primary health care to patients living with chronic health conditions such as HIV, Hep-C, Diabetes, Hypertension, etc. In addition to health care, Philadelphia FIGHT connects patients with social services, resources, and insurance benefits. We are seeking to hire a Lead, Community Prevention Services CTR Specialist.

 

The Lead Community Prevention Services CTR Specialist is responsible for conducting community and street outreach, providing sexual health and risk reduction education and administer HIV, Hep-C and other STI testing (when applicable) at offsite community events to an array of diverse populations, with focus on African American MSM, IDUs and other heterosexual at high risk of acquiring HIV, Hep-C and/or other STI's. Additional settings for outreach and testing may also include off-site testing at bars and clubs, street outreach and testing with a mobile unit, special events, and other non-traditional venues. Evening/Late night and weekends (i.e. Saturdays) are required. Outreach and HIV testing will be conducted during the day, evening and late night hours throughout the week in a variety of neighborhoods.

 

As part of a comprehensive assessment and testing, this staff will work collaboratively with other FIGHT staff to ensure that all high-risk HIV negative clients are referred and linked to appropriate services including but not limited to confirmatory testing, specialty care services, primary care services, nPEP, PrEP, behavioral health services and other essential supportive services as well as on a weekly basis identify appropriate offsite venues to deliver effective group level behavioral interventions (i.e. - VOICES/VOCES) and condom distribution. In addition, this position is required to connect newly diagnosed & previously diagnosed HIV-positive persons to a Prevention Services Navigator/Care Linkage Specialist for intake/enrollment into ARTAS, linkage into medical care and intake/enrollment into CLEAR.

This employee is expected to represent Philadelphia FIGHT both onsite and in the community, in a professional, efficient manner that reflects the high level of integrity and customer service mandated by Philadelphia FIGHT.

Job Responsibilities

Conduct Community Outreach, Provide Sexual Health & Risk Reduction Education and Administer HIV CTR Services (including HIV, Hep-C and other STD's/STI's) onsite and at offsite community venues:

 

  1. Assist in the testing and counseling training for new employees
  2. Assist with training of new staff on the methods of disseminating safer sex and harm reduction messages and condoms to the target community.
  3. Supervise new testers during site and event testing sessions.
  4. Serve as the liaison between site management and the Director of Community-Based Prevention Services.
  5. Assist with new staff testing training.
  6. Conduct testing site evaluation form following the conclusion of every testing event.
  7. Cultivate and maintain relationships with new and existing off-site HIV testing sites and community partners in an effort to locate, identify and provide services for those who are most at-risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV/STDs.
  8. In conjunction with the program director, initiate ongoing community assessment to identify feasible community partners for frequent and re-occurring on-site program implementation and outreach to provide Prevention HIV CTR Services, Hep-C testing (and other STD/STI testing) that aligns with our grant funding and our departmental expectations, deliverables and goals.
  9. Actively recruit and engage clients for HIV testing (and other prevention services when applicable) through outreach at community events; provide individualized and group education presentations.
  10. At every community event check in with the site contact upon arrival and check out prior to departure as well as notify the department director (or the designated staff).
  11. Disseminates safer sex and harm reduction messages and condoms to the target community.
  12. Administer confidential HIV testing, counseling and when applicable other prevention services (i.e. STI's and Hep-C) at community-based events, with regard to the expectations, deliverables and goals of our grants and our organization.
  13. Take vital signs (i.e., pulse rate, temperature, swab collection and blood pressure) when applicable.
  14. Assess and collect client's risk for HIV, obtaining medical, demographic, and consent information in electronic or paper-format.
  15. Ensure accurate and complete entry of client data into iPad or on paper forms (to be turned in to Prevention Services Data Analyst for entry into database within 24 72 hours after each event).
  16. On a monthly basis identify appropriate offsite venues to deliver effective group level behavioral interventions (i.e. - VOICES/VOCES) and condom distribution; document accordingly.
  17. (When applicable) Work with the designated staff from the navigation services team or the department director to coordinate confirmatory testing for individuals with reactive HIV test result linkage into HIV specialty care at the Jonathan Lax Center and/or John Bell Health Center as well as ensure those individuals are referred to HIV Medical Case Mgmt Services.
  18. Work with the navigation services staff or department director to coordinates transportation for preliminary positive clients for confirmatory testing and linkage to navigation services and medical care (same day or next business day).
  19. Work with the navigation services coordinator and/or other designated navigation services staff to coordinate case management linkage for high risk client with non-reactive HIV test result which may include access to primary care services (including PrEP) at John Bell Health Center, Dental Services and other social services offered by the patient navigation team.
  20. Notify office program director when there are shortages of critical supplies such as HIV & HCV testing kits and materials, promotional items and contraceptives.

 

Other Duties:

  1. Attend professional development workshops, seminars and trainings.
  2. Participate in bi-weekly case conferences in which the Community Prevention Services team meets to discuss program level of services, progress, upcoming events, outreach strategies, etc.
  3. Meet bi-weekly with program director for supervision.
  4. Attend Community Prevention & Navigation Services Departmental monthly meetings.
  5. Attend ALL FIGHT staff meetings.
  6. Represent the program at all required meetings with funders (AACO, CDC, etc.) and local regulatory agencies and collaborators (when applicable).
  7. Work in compliance with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, Act 148 & Act 59, CLIA and funding body regulations.
  8. Collaborates with other agencies in local events, meetings, and programs that are related to job duties (when applicable).
  9. Actively identify and participate in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
  10. Staff will receive ongoing training and expected to be in compliance with maintaining client confidentiality and all HIPPA requirements.
  11. Staff will be trained and expected to be in compliance with test kit quality control assurance procedures including temperature checks that are to be performed on a routine basis (based upon FIGHT and Department protocols/policy) documented in a logbook both onsite and offsite at community events. This is a requirement.
  12. Expected to support and provide coverage for any of the HIV CTR staff unable to fulfill their obligation due to absenteeism and/or last minute illness or other circumstances.
  13. Expected to proactively seek support and coverage from colleagues when unable to fulfill community HIV testing event obligation due to absenteeism (if feasible) reference department protocols/policy.
  14. Perform all other duties as assigned by department director.

Qualifications

  1. High School Diploma or GED Equivalent is required; Bachelor's Degree in community health, community health advocacy or social services or other related field is preferred.
  2. At least 4 years of prior experience in HIV prevention; risk reduction or social services.
  3. Completion of the Counseling and Testing course provided by AACO or TPAC and has a designated Counselor ID number is required (or eligible to complete this training within 6 months of hiring).
  4. Medical assistant and/or phlebotomy certification is preferred.
  5. A problem solver, flexible, self-motivated and able to work well under pressure.
  6. Strong organizational skills, high attention to detail and creativity is essential.
  7. Excellent writing and critical thinking skills.
  8. Excellent communications, interpersonal skills and collaborative skills.
  9. Able to work with diverse populations (clients and staff).
  10. Sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.
  11. Experience working with low-income, high-risk populations.
  12. Knowledgeable of local resources and services.
  13. Experienced and proficient in phlebotomy, certification preferred
  14. Demonstrate flexibility in working conditions at offsite community venues
  15. Willingness to work hours, including early mornings, frequent evenings/late night and weekends (as needed)
  16. Willingness to following universal precautions and maintain patient confidentiality is required.
  17. Strong computer skills including experience with MS Office applications, proficient in using the internet and database management (i.e. Excel, REDCap, EvalWeb and CAREWare) is preferred.
  18. Competency in using EMR systems (i.e. eClinicalWorks).
  19. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.

 

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds on occasion
  • Ability to continuously stand, walk or sit
  • Ability to bend, climb stairs frequently
  • Ability to squat occasionally

 

 

Work Environment:

  • Primary office location is at 1207 Chestnut St. and will be required to float between 4 other FIGHT locations (as needed).
  • Frequently commute to locations throughout the City of Philadelphia (and occasionally out of town to attend conferences).
  • Must be available to work early mornings, frequent late nights and/or weekend hours (as needed).

Compensation:

Competitive; benefits available.

Other:

Initial probationary period is three months (90 days)

This position is grant-funded and therefore contingent upon the renewal of existing and/or receipt of new grant awards.

 

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