This position will be supervised by the PrEP team lead and will serve to facilitate the work of the REACH Initiative. The PrEP Community Outreach Specialist helps engage members of the community in learning more about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with the goal of linking, re-engaging, and retaining individuals interested in PrEP into care. The PrEP Peer Navigator works directly with clients at increased risk of HIV and STIs, substance abuse, and/or behavioral health conditions in order to provide support, advocacy, and navigation through medical and ancillary systems of care.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide support at events which include evenings and weekends.
Establish rapport with community members.
Provide general information regarding HIV prevention and PrEP to community members.
Respond to inquiries about PrEP, including face-to-face, over the phone/text, and web-based conversations.
Provide information on providers prescribing PrEP, schedule intake and follow-up appointments, and make appointment reminder calls.
Provide information on and complete applications for PrEP assistance programs.
Provide information on health insurance and referrals to Insurance Navigators as needed.
Perform risk assessment and counseling for STIs and HIV.
Provide follow-up, including access to testing and referrals for PrEP and PEP as needed, for those at risk of STIs/HIV.
Discuss social service barriers to care with client, including transportation, childcare, housing, employment, and insurance.
Provide referrals to appropriate staff to assist with barriers, including substance use, mental health, and/or intimate partner violence.
Under the guidelines of working under a demonstration project, collect and report data.
Assist individuals living with HIV and out of care with linkage and engagement in care, including referrals as needed to BCHD Partner Services and Linkage to Care teams.
Accompany and/or transport client to appointments.
Participate in health promotion and health education outreach activities as determined by agency.
Provide information and resources for ongoing JHU research activities for PrEP.
Document activities and enter data as appropriate in a timely, accurate, and comprehensive manner per agency protocol.
File, retrieve, and maintain client records.
Perform all work activities per established protocols and procedures.
Attend meetings and trainings.
Maintain confidentiality of all clients in accordance with employers' procedures.
With appropriate training and as needed by employer, conduct specimen collection in community-based settings.
Any other duties at the discretion of the manager or PI of the project.
High School Diploma/GED. Two years related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Baltimore City Residents receive priority.
Valid references from previous job/volunteer experience.
Strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks.
Must be willing to travel throughout the city and state of Maryland and nationally if required.
Ability to work with populations across ages, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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.
A person who has worked with and/or is from the Baltimore community of same gender loving, man who has sex with other men (MSM) is strongly preferred.
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