Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Community Outreach Specialist will be supervised by the PrEP team lead and will serve to facilitate the work of The REACH Initiative. The Community Outreach Specialist helps engage members of the community in learning more about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with the goal of linking, re-engaging, and retaining individuals interested in PrEP into care. The Community Outreach Specialist will work as a PrEP Peer Navigator with clients at increased risk of HIV and STIs, substance abuse, and/or behavioral health conditions in order to provide support, advocacy, and navigation through medical and ancillary systems of care. This position will work amongst COVID-19 projects and be in the based in the field most of the time and will be required to work some evenings and weekends depending on the needs of the projects.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Test community members for HIV, HCV and STIs
Provide support at events which include evenings and weekends
Establish rapport with community members
Provide general information regarding HIV prevention and PrEP to community members
Respond to inquiries about PrEP, including face-to-face, over the phone/text, and web-based conversations
Provide information about providers prescribing PrEP, schedule intake and follow-up appointments, and make appointment reminder calls
Provide information on and complete applications for PrEP assistance programs
Provide information on health insurance and referrals to Insurance Navigators as needed
Perform risk assessment and counseling for STIs and HIV
Provide follow-up, which includes access to testing and referrals for PrEP and PEP as needed, for those at risk of STIs/HIV
Discuss social service barriers to care with clients, including transportation, childcare, housing, employment, and insurance
Provide referrals to appropriate staff to assist with barriers, including substance use, mental health, and/or intimate partner violence
Under the guidelines of working under a demonstration project, collect and report data
Assist individuals living with HIV and out of care with linkage and engagement in care, including referrals as needed to BCHD Partner Services and Linkage to Care teams
Accompany and/or transport client to appointments
Participate in health promotion and health education outreach activities as determined by agency
Provide information and resources for ongoing JHU research activities for PrEP
Document activities and enter data as appropriate in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner per agency protocol
File, retrieve, and maintain client records
Perform all work activities per established protocols and procedures
Attend meetings and trainings
Maintain confidentiality of all clients in accordance with employers' procedures
With appropriate training as needed by employer, conduct specimen collection in community-based settings
Any other duties at the discretion of the manager or PI of the project
Minimum Qualifications (Required)
High School Diploma/GED.
Two (2) years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *
Preferred fluency in Spanish.
Experience working with and/or is from the Baltimore community of same gender loving (SGL), men who have sex with other men (MSM) is strongly preferred
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: HIV, HCV testing
Ability to work with populations across ages, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances
Baltimore City residents receive priority
Valid references from previous job/volunteer experience
Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks
Must be willing to travel throughout the city and state of Maryland and nationally if required
Requires the ability to flex schedule at the supervisor's request to work some evenings, nights or weekends as required
Occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs
Will require foot travel within the JHMI campus
Duties may require standing, walking, or sitting for an extended period of time
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills
Classified Title: Community Outreach Specialist Working Title: Community Outreach Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44 /Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 5:00p/ 37.50 hrs per week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 06-MD:School of Nursing Department name: 60009277-Research Administration Personnel area: School of Nursing
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