PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: To support client HIV prevention efforts across a spectrum of status-neutral services including rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing, PrEP navigation, linkage and retention in care for youth living with HIV, and environmental prevention strategies.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Conducts outreach to youth living with HIV and their HIV negative partners and family members to identify youth who may be interested in PrEP.
- Provides PrEP Navigation in-person, by telephone, and via text messages to help clients initiate treatment and maintain adherence.
- Supports youth living with HIV to transition to the adult system of care via the transition protocol, which includes initial and ongoing assessment; individual and group education about insurance, HIV care, and adult systems of care; and facilitating meetings and initial appointments with providers in the adult system.
- Provides HIV Prevention and PrEP information to clients and staff one-on-one and in groups to increase understanding of PrEP and help clients determine if PrEP is a viable prevention method for them.
- Supports the implementation of environmental HIV prevention strategies. Strategies may include planning and hosting special events, peer health educator trainings, Motivational Interviewing trainings for staff, and additional interventions.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan and execute PrEP outreach at events and community meetings
- Assist PrEP Navigation clients with insurance enrollment, referrals to medical providers, medical visit support, and medication adherence to support PrEP uptake and adherence.
- Provide HIV and HCV rapid testing in support of PrEP navigation responsibilities.
- Complete and maintain accurate records of all activities, including data entry in ETO, EvaluationWeb, and other reporting activities; and youth progress transitioning to adult care after exit from ACAC.
- Link clients living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C, and high-risk negative clients, to appropriate medical and non-clinical services.
- Collaborate with ACAC case management staff to develop the health-related goals on a client’s Individual Service Plan, with a focus on the transition to adult care.
- Participate in weekly clinical case conference meetings at ACAC
- Collaborate and network with community agencies and medical providers to support continuity of care.
- Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of the job.
- Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
- Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
- Adheres to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements and maintains necessary compliance documentation.
- Other duties as assigned
PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be able to work in community-based settings (shelters, drop-in centers, supportive housing, collaborating agencies and businesses, outdoors venues, community fairs, etc.)
- Availability to work night hours and weekends as required.
- Five finger manipulation.
- Ability to comprehend complex materials.
- Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.
- Ability to pass DOJ clearance to work in a licensed care facility
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
- BA degree or 3 years’ experience working in harm reduction and sexual health required; MPH or Master’s in related field preferred
- Proof of CA HIV Test Counselor certification preferred. If not certified, achievement of certification within 30 days of offered training required.
- Community Health Outreach Worker training and/or certification preferred
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:
- At least 1-year previous experience working youth experiencing homelessness in the arenas of health education, community health outreach, substance use, HIV prevention or mental health required.
- Strong commitment to harm reduction principles.
- Prior experience facilitating small process and/or education groups
- Experience providing counseling, psychosocial support, and/or health services to people living with HIV and injection drug users.
- Strong practice and capacity to work with ethnically, educationally and economically diverse staff, clients, and volunteers, informed by cultural humility and anti-oppression frameworks.
- Experience working with gay, bisexual, queer, MSM and/or trans*/GNC young people strongly preferred
- Must be able to work independently as well as in a team and maintain good working relationships with staff and community members.
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes regularly scheduled evenings and weekends
- Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred
Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.
Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer