The Health Outreach Specialist will provide HIV testing, result notification, and linkage to care for individuals seeking HIV testing at CCHE or the associated community space. Responsibilities include: pre-test and posttest counseling; elicitation of sexual and social networks; provision of results; and linkage to care. For linkage to care the candidate will be responsible for facilitating the scheduling of appointments for participants; attending medical care appointments with patients; tracking and reporting patient outcomes and visit attendance; coordination with CCHE research and service programs; and providing brief client-centered case management. The candidate will also be responsible for providing partner notification to those individuals who are identified through the network elicitation process. Provision of services may also include: linkage to HIV and PrEP care; referrals to other community based organizations (CBOs) and social service agencies (e.g. housing, food, and primary care organizations); follow up with participants of the program; monitoring and evaluation of services; development of community outreach programs and procedures; documentation of client encounters and services. Additionally, the individual will collect and analyze data to identify program progress and any need for change; work closely with the PI and other project coordinators; collaborate with community members and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH); assist in the development of protocols and procedures for the network based HIV/STI testing program and linkage to care; and actively pursue required knowledge and skills for professional development. Stay informed about the CDPH regulations and requirements. Health Outreach Specialist: Works to implement HIV testing, linkage, and retention programs for the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. Works with the CCHE research team, Linkage to care specialist, case manager and Principle Investigator. Establishes connections with members of high-risk networks and attempts to test, link, and engage these members in care. Implements alternative venue, network, and partnership notification testing strategies. Links newly or previously diagnosed persons into clinical care. Develops and implements risk reduction counseling strategies with HIV- infected or affected persons in clinical and non-clinical locations. Coordinates and implements engagement in care programming for HIV-positive persons. Coordinates and implements health and sexual wellness programming for persons who are at risk of acquiring HIV. Provides HIV and STI risk reduction education and advocacy in the community through relevant community-based organizations, schools, and religious communities. Works with research team to develop and execute targeted wellness events in which testing and linkage take place.
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