Work with state and community lead agencies (IDPH/CDPH/PHIMC) to function as a surveillance based and linkage to care service provider. Plan and participate in programs related to the decrease of HIV/AIDS. Locate disease sources who may or may not be aware of their status, offer linkage to medical care and referrals to supportive services (Mental Health, Substance use, Oral Health, Case Management and group support) thereby reduce the incidence and risk of HIV/AIDS. Provide health information on disease etiology and prevention of the virus.
Perform a variety of investigative work via phone, internet, and surveillance software and staff work, including counseling and testing, related to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.
Consult with physicians, medical groups, laboratories, community groups, schools, voluntary agencies and other organizations to enlist and maintain their cooperation in a program of communicable disease prevention and control.
Provide assistance in the development, coordination, and implementation of an assigned phase of the program for prevention and control of communicable disease and related health problems.
Interview and investigate cases assigned utilizing Provide Software, contacts and providing partner services concerning personal behaviors and activities which contribute to the disease transmission
Make collateral contacts to obtain pertinent information concerning other individuals who may have been exposed or infected; ensure compliance with established State and Federal laws and Regulations related to HIV/AIDS control and prevention.
Act as patient advocate; counsel clients regarding medical and social services available and intervene on their behalf for access to services or resolution of conflict.
Conduct case investigations on infected patients as assigned; document case histories and possible infection sources utilizing Provide software.
Answer disease (HIV/STIs) related questions; keep current with local, national and international disease trends and outbreaks.
Produce contact reports and tracing records
Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Deliver the access to care message in a culturally appropriate manner for the target population.
Administer an assessment to determine barriers to care and determine appropriate referrals, including but not limited to insurance, transportation, and other social service needs.
Work with individuals to address identified barriers to care and take steps to re-engage in ongoing HIV medical care, tracking and detailed documentation of referral outcomes.
Timely documentation of all program encounters and activities in Electronic Medical Record (Cerner, PROVIDE, CAREWare) and other programmatic databases as required.
Accurate data collection and timely report submission per funder requirements.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:
Previous experience in working within the HIV care field required. High School Diploma / GED equivalent required. Masters in social services or health related field, or equivalent experience desired. Valid Illinois driver’s license and current insurance required. Knowledge of navigating healthcare, public benefits, and community resources desired. Counseling and Case Management experience beneficial. Bilingual in English and Spanish highly desired. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and basic computer literacy in necessary.