Community Health Specialist [Pride Center WNY]
The Community Health Specialist assists with the development, coordination, and implementation of outreach activities specifically targeted to Trans Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) individuals and communities. The Community Health Specialist will provide rapid HIV testing and follow-up with individuals who receive services onsite and within the community. They provide test results, promote risk reduction techniques and encourage linkages to primary care, STI screening, PrEP services and other wrap-around services.
As part of the essential functions of this role, the Community Health Specialist:
· Assists with development of the annual outreach work plan, which includes goals, objectives, and strategies for reaching TGNC with information about HIV/STI/Hepatitis C testing, risk reduction, and supportive services
· Conducts outreach to the target population as defined by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and according to the grant work plan using strategies such as street, neighborhood, bar and internet outreach
· Conducts health education and risk reduction sessions with individuals if indicated in the grant work plan; provides referrals to services needed and follows up with individuals to ensure that services have been accessed
· Conducts testing onsite and/or offsite with various transgender outreach programs and community level events; Provides patients with test results; Follows up with patients with positive results to schedule visits for treatment or to make referrals or administer treatment if required; Prepares and submits patient samples and documentation required by the laboratory; follows up with lab to finalize paperwork
· Enters all related program data into data systems and completes all required grant reports; tracks progress in accomplishing work plan goals; identifies barriers where goals are not being met and communicates them to the Program Manager
· Represents the Pride Center at community events—including local, regional, and statewide events
Qualified Candidate will have an Associate’s degree (Bachelor’s preferred) with two (2) years of experience working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) communities. Candidate must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in writing and verbally, demonstrate familiarity with computers and MS Office software (Outlook, Word) and effective time management and organization skills. Sensitivity to HIV/AIDS, addiction and LGBT issues essential. Candidate must have a valid NYS Driver’s License and an insured, dependable car.
Job Type: Full-time
Required education: Associate’s
Required experience: Working with LGBTQ communities (2 years)
Additional requirement(s): Must have dependable, insured vehicle and NYS Driver’s License