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Under the direction of the Provident Divisional Nursing Director and Regional HIV Testing and Community Outreach Coordinator, the Community Health Worker (CHW) will provide Early Intervention Services (EIS/OR) to newly diagnosed HIV patients in clinical setting and in the community and to patients returning to HIV/HCV primary care after one year or more absence. EIS/OR services include identification of individuals at points of entry. The CHW/OR will conduct outreach to new patients and those who have fallen out of care or at risk to being lost to care. CHW will assist patients in follow –up, and execution of case management and medical treatment plans. These outreach activities will include patients who are not virally suppressed, lost to care, unstable due to psychosocial factors and those who could benefit from education on other co-morbid conditions. The CHW will assess barriers to care for all new patients and connect patients to the appropriate staff to obtain public benefits and entitlements. The CHW will assist new patients with Linkage to Care, Passive Referrals, Health Literacy, Education and Training that will enable patients to navigate through the system of care. The CHW EIS/OR will assess individual and group health education needs during clinic appointments and community settings, performing pre and post-test STI/HIV counseling, prevention and risk reduction including PrEP and condom demonstrations and other related HIV- related issues. Identifies patients in clinic and community who are vulnerable to HIV and assesses for PrEP, provides PrEP Navigation refers eligible PrEP candidates to CCH/CCHIP PrEP clinic for services and benefits. Flexibility to work evening and/or weekend hours as needed. Assesses individuals’ needs related to their social determinants of health and refers to appropriate CCHIP services during initial PrEP care visits. Enters data into CARE WARE and Provide to follow up on scopes related to testing, linkages to care and PrEP services. Develops, implements and provides client centered-level health education. Develops, implement and provides patient/participants education in related topics (i.e. PrEP, STIs, hepatitis C, medication adherence, etc.). Participates in all administrative meetings and staff development meetings, representing prevention, education and outreach issues, activities, goals and outcomes.
- Provides patient centered HIV counseling and testing, PrEP education, assessment and referrals to CCHIP Clinic and throughout the Cook County Health facilities and community events as necessary. Performs pre and post HIV counseling and testing with adults, adolescents and children, including special populations.
- Initiates immediate contact with new and/or returning HIV, HIV/HCV Patients at any CCHIP site.
- Performs retention activities to assure successful transition to clinic.
- Provides outreach and recruitment to PrEP services.
- Assists with development of peer educators.
- Other duties as assigned by the Regional HIV Testing and Community Outreach Coordinator and Provident Divisional Nursing Director
1-2 years of HIV related experience. GED or high school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Must have IDPH/CDPH certification for HIV testing. At least two years’ HIV health education experience required. Bilingual desirable (Spanish-English). Flexibility to work evening and/or weekend hours as needed. Ability to work with a diverse population. Ability to work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. Strong oral and written communications skills. Strong computer skills, Ability to meet deadlines. Ability and willingness to be a team player.