AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Linkage to Care Specialist-Seattle

US-WA-Seattle
Req No
2017-6772
Category
Public Health
Type
Regular Part-Time

Overview

 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation is currently seeking a Part-Time Linkage to Care Specialist who will report to the Director of Linkage. The Specialist delivers Linkage services to newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals and to positive individuals who have fallen out of care, and performs outreach to build community partnerships facilitating optimal transitions from HIV testing to HIV medical care.

 

The ideal candidate must have prior HIV experience and be comfortable working in a fast pace environment and familiar with the underserved population and who can speak at least one of the African languages.

 

Responsibilities

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Assess clients’ understanding and acceptance of their HIV status, applying principles of the Stages of Change Theory of Health Behavior, Motivational Interviewing and strengths-based counseling techniques
  • Be available to meet and/or speak with clients at their convenience to discuss their HIV status, barriers to entering into HIV outpatient medical care and other services
  • Deliver all aspects of Linkage services including referral, provisional eligibility determination, assessment, and evaluation of consumer needs/services
  • Be available to staff the Linkage On-call Hotline, which is available to clients and HIV testing organizations to call during regular and non-traditional business hours
  • Administers oral and/or finger-stick tests to detect HIV antibodies
  • Ability to work in non-traditional testing sites
  • Identifies and maintains working relationships with community partners
  • Conducts and records testing controls and temperature logs per protocol
  • Organize and facilitate HIV testing events
  • Elicits from clients HIV risk history including, but not limited to, demographic information, sex history, drug and alcohol use, and past STD’s
  • Collects and processes specimen samples in accordance with National, State, and Local guidelines

 

 

Qualifications

 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must be able to travel locally a minimum of 70% of the time.
  • Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance.
  • Prefer experience as an HIV-testing counselor.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Experience working with communities of color and high risk populations

 Other Skills & Abilities/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and related medical and patient care issues and concerns in diverse populations
  • Understanding of case management and benefits preferred.
  • Bilingual in at least one East African Languages preferred.

 Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • State HIV testing counselor certification preferred
  • Valid state driver’s license with proof of liability insurance

 

We at AIDS Healthcare Foundation believe that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.  The right of equal employment opportunity extends to recruiting, hiring selection, transfer, promotion, training and all other conditions of employment.

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