Under the supervision of the Prevention & Patient Care Coordinator, the Specialist will support community, agency, and individual needs by identifying, engaging, and assisting individuals living with HIV in Chicago’s south side and south suburbs. The goals of promoting awareness of HIV status and engagement / retention in care are met through field and community activities as well as within SSHARC at three Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems south suburban clinics. Specialist will maintain current knowledge base of HIV transmission, treatment, and disease; interpretation of HIV tests and lab results; and other related HIV issues, including topics relevant to the Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council (CAHISC). Specialist will participate in administrative meetings and staff development meetings, representing health promotion and prevention issues, activities, goals and outcomes.
Perform HIV counseling and testing at fixed and community sites in the south suburbs
Conduct individual sessions with individuals newly diagnosed with HIV
Able to comprehend and articulate the “treatment cascade” to patients and providers
Community case finding activities, including outreach and home visits
Provide patient, provider, and community education on HIV and related topics
Work closely with other agency programs and staff to address needs of community, agency, and grant scopes
Develop relationships with community
Engage newly diagnosed and/or lost to care patients into primary care
Complete and maintain all required documentation in accordance with agency, local, state, and Federal guidance
Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field, OR demonstrated related experience, training, skills. Minimum three years’ experience as an HIV related educator or outreach worker. Demonstrated cultural competence working with diverse populations, including: MSM, those recently released from incarceration, sex workers, individuals of extremely low income, substance users and/or those in recovery, and homeless individuals. Certified HIV Counselor / Testers strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge HIV and related topics highly beneficial. Ability to work within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. Strong oral communication skills, including experience conducting presentations and group interventions. Ability to meet deadlines. Must have a valid driver’s license, a functional vehicle and ability to access suburban sites. Comfort and ability to go into the community, including home site visits. Personal experience and knowledge of south suburbs is beneficial.