Bachelor’s degree in a Social Science, Psychology, Applied Science, Public Health or related field; OR an Associate's degree in a related field and two years of experience in that field; OR four years of related experience. Bilingual in English/Spanish.
A valid driver's license that is in good standing.
Experience interviewing persons using a structured survey in the setting of public health (TB, STD or HIV disease intervention specialist/partner services) or health related research. Thorough understanding of the informed consent process. Experience conducting health screenings using finger stick collected blood samples. Experience counseling persons regarding test results and their health behaviors. HIV knowledge and experience working with persons who inject drugs and other populations at high-risk for HIV infection is desirable. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual in English/Spanish.
The Public Health Specialist I will be responsible for interviewing and testing participants for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. The interviewer/testers are responsible for screening participants for eligibility, obtaining and documenting informed consent, conducting anonymous face-to-face interviews using a hand-held computer, and providing appropriate health care and social service referrals to participants. In addition to the administering the health survey, the incumbent will conduct HIV and Hepatitis C testing via finger stick collected blood. The incumbent will counsel and deliver test results, provide tailored prevention messages to participants based on risk behaviors, and provide anonymous referral to services and health care as needed. The incumbent must display diplomacy and professionalism in the conduct of all project activities, ensuring the cooperation of collaborators throughout the study period. Other duties as assigned.
Grant funded position through 12/31/18. Compliance with funding requirements such as time and effort reporting, grant deliverables, and contract deliverables, is required.
Direct patient/client contact; conducting outbreak investigations; entering health care facilities or other potential high risk settings such as prisons, clinics and homeless shelters (ie. surveyors, auditors, inspectors, investigators); or work w/ specimens that contain Mycobacterium
Potential for direct contact with blood and body fluids (i.e., performing venipunctures, packaging or processing of blood samples).
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