The Health Educator will work with the HIV program at Provident Hospital offering education, HIV counseling and testing and linkage to care to patients at high risk for HIV in the community.
The Health Educator provides HIV counseling and testing (including rapid testing) to clients in the community and at Provident Hospital as instructed; including patients in the Provident ER, inpatients who require counseling and testing as determined by their health care providers, and members of the community who may engage in high risk activities. Health Educator will be accessible by page or phone message. Health Educator will respond immediately to see patient.
Counselor will deliver pretest and post test counseling as directed, and administer rapid test according to training. Patient’s mental state and ability to receive results will also be assessed. Demographic data will be collected at this time for future reporting. In field, separate consent form will be signed. Health Educator must be sensitive to possible psych issues and make immediate referral to Psychology staff if difficulty (e.g. suicidality, depression) is encountered.
Outreach education component: Health Educator will develop and perform individual and group teaching sessions on various related topics, and distribute condoms and literature in the community at health fairs, street outreach as requested as well as Emergency Department waiting area, etc. Participate in trainings as directed. Will be available to work health fairs and other testing events at various venues where high risk individuals congregate. This may include dance clubs, parks, local shopping areas, etc. This may include evening and night hours, as directed.
Health Educator is responsible for collecting, collating and reporting data and statistics as needed and on schedule. Technical assistance will be available, but record keeping and reporting is required. Failure to do so may result in loss of funding and/or termination from job. Other duties as assigned.
HIV testing and counseling certification is required. Must be certified in rapid testing techniques, (e.g. OraSure, OraQuick) or become so immediately after hire.
A BS or BA degree in health education or an allied health degree preferred.
Experience working in a hospital setting is preferred.
Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated respect for HIV-positive patients and their diverse life styles and choices. Must be able to present self in a culturally appropriate way to target populations of grant funding
Excellent communication, organizational and documentation skills
Strict confidentiality with regards to personal medical data must be maintained.
Must be able to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time. Must be able to lift 20 lb boxes occasionally, frequent walking, occasional bending
Must be able to travel into community to perform outreach education and testing at health fairs, events, clubs, etc.
Must have basic computer skills e.g. MS office, data entry. PEMS training a plus
Must be able/available to work events as scheduled, which may include evenings, nights or weekends.