Department: Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday/8:30-5:00p/40 hours per week
The Outreach Worker will work under the supervision of the Latino HIV Outreach Program Manager. He/she provides outreach and support services to Spanish-speaking clients newly diagnosed with HIV or out of HIV care and refers them for HIV medical care or case management, as needed. He/she works in collaboration with the Latino Outreach team and the BCHD HIV program to expand HIV testing among Latino immigrants, and addresses barriers to care to promote access to continuity of medical care at the earliest possible stage of disease. He/she assists in facilitating monthly Latino Support groups for HIV-infected Latino patients, provides individualized HIV education and promotes healthy habits, and assists clients in retention and linkage to care, including calling patients for appointment reminders, accompanying patients to medical procedures, and conducting hospital visits. Most activities take place outside the hospital, primarily in the Spanish-speaking immigrant communities of East Baltimore, and are intended to provide information about HIV status and transmission risks, as well as opportunities for care available to HIV-infected patients. some outreach and research activities are conducted in the evenings and on weekends so work hours flexibility is required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Engages patients via letter, phone, and community and home visits.
Identifies and develops relationships with social service agencies and congregation points for Latino immigrants in Baltimore City.
Provides informational presentations and HIV testing at community organizations. Works with the BCHD outreach team to test and identify HIV-positive clients in need form medical care. Perform rapid HIV testing and phlebotomy as needed.
Locates patients lost to medical care and engage or re-engage them in care.
Accompanies staff providing positive HIV test results in the field to persons who have not returned to the clinic to receive the results.
Informs individuals identified with HIV of available services and reach out to those who do not attend clinic, encouraging follow-up with medical care and support.
Provides life/situational counseling regarding adjusting to and living with HIV/AIDS and promote adherence to medication regimens.
Works closely with the case manager to empower patients to connect with community resources and works as a member of the team of the entire Early Intervention Initiative at the BCHD STD clinics.
Documents all patient encounters and other statistical information, as required for reporting to the funding sources.
Maintains professional/personal boundaries with patients, keeping the Program Coordinator apprised of all situations of possible conflict, and maintain strict confidentiality of all patient information.
High School Diploma or equivalent required. Successful completion of Community Health Worker Training Program or Peer Recovery Specialist Training Program. Bi-lingual (Spanish).
Life/community/work experience or knowledge regarding HIV preferred. Certification of phlebotomy training and phlebotomy experience desired.
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