The Community Outreach Specialist works within the Harriet Lane Clinic on the implementation on an HIV treatment adherence/care retention research protocol sponsored by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Community Outreach Specialist will provide standard case management services designed for Black gay, bisexual and transgender adolescent and young adult populations while implementing a Mobile-Enhanced Engagement Intervention (MEI). This position will work within a clinical set as part of an interdisciplinary team. Research activities conducted through this position are highly structured to ensure close adherence to intervention core components. Standard services offered through this position focus on ensuring that clients have access to HIV resources, in addition to general community resources.
Recruit and screen potentially eligible Black gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and young adults
Describe research goals, procedures and informed consent process to interested individuals
Obtain informed consent to be randomized to one of the two intervention study arms
-Conduct comprehensive intake and needs assessment to identify needs, including but not limited to: -Access to healthcare and the client's ability to self-manage and actively participate in healthcare -Adherence medication and medical treatment -Short term and long term housing needs -Income stability including employment needs and eligibility for public benefits (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, etc) -Substance use and/or abuse needs using intervention specified assessment tools -Mental health needs using intervention specified assessment tools
-Food and nutrition needs -HIV secondary prevention issues
Develops communication strategies with participants including frequency, timing and type (e.g. text, calls etc)
Develop strategies and goals through Individual Wellness Plans, in conjunction with clients, to meet identified needs.
Maintains timely Individual Wellness Plans according to program policies
Manage a case load of between 50-100 participants
Maintains quality and timely session and research documentation on all client interactions
Collects service eligibility documentation in a timely manner according to program policies
Assess caseloads on a monthly basis to determine client acuity
Collaborates and coordinates services with other HIV/AIDS service providers and community agencies
Identifies internal and external resources to meet client needs, and refers clients accordingly.
Attends bi-weekly Case Conferencing calls with main training center and other case managers implementing the intervention
Deliver brief intervention sessions using motivational interviewing technique closely adhering to intervention protocol
Ensure the integrity of psychosocial intervention delivery and fidelity
Orient randomized participants to the Mobile-Enhanced Engagement Intervention with close adherence to the intervention protocol
Administer the Yale Adherence and Competence Scale (YACS) adherence checklist
Implement intervention service checklist with study participants at each 3-month follow-up time point
Bachelor's degree strongly preferred. Computer skills, including word processing and data entry required. Must be sensitive and knowledgeable of HIV related issues, resources and competent of cultural/community issues. Possess general knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and the Marketplace to purchase insurance.
Experience may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Human Subjects research with adolescents and young adults.
Substance Use Counseling; Client Advocacy; Sexual Health Education, Community Outreach.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Commitment to improve health outcomes among sexual, gender and racial minority adolescents and young adults; knowledge of comprehensive sexual health models; knowledge of motivational interviewing technique; non-judgmental attitude; commitment to fighting homophobia, sexism, and transphobia; excellent customer service orientation; sensitivity to high-risk populations of youth and young adults; enthusiasm, dedication and excellent organizational skills; familiarity with Baltimore City and available youth, sexual minority and HIV/AIDS resources; ability to work independently.
Starting Salary Range: $13.73-$18.87
Employee Group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 40 hrs/wk.
Employee Subgroup: Non-Exempt
Department Name: Pediatrics
Personnel area: School of Medicine
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