Health Promotion Specialist - Austin, TX

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Health Promotion Specialist - Austin, TX
Job Code:2022-PRV-019 FT/PT Status:Prevention Services Location:Austin (TX)

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Position Purpose

The Health Promotion Specialist delivers HIV/HCV/STD testing and counseling services through finger stick and blood draw. This individual serves as dedicated testing program staff that assists with linkage to medical and support services for clients who test positive and conducts outreach for program recruitment for EIS & Testing Program The Health Promotion Specialist provides targeted services to men who have sex with men and high-risk, heterosexual African American women. The Health Promotion Specialist follows guidelines approved by the Department of State Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Supervision is received from the Testing Programs Manager and program guidance is received from the Coordinator and the Testing Programs Manager. Depending on qualifications and experience.

Scope of Responsibilities

Vivent Health is one of the nation's largest providers of HIV prevention, care and treatment services with a budget approaching $225 million and employing over 450 professionals.

The unique, nationally recognized Vivent Health HIV Medical home model of care assures that everyone with HIV has access to medical, dental, mental health and social services and provides the best opportunity for patients to achieve high quality health outcomes. Vivent Health also provides aggressive HIV prevention services to gay men, injection drug users and others at the highest risk for HIV infection.

Vivent Health currently operates in multiple states nationwide. It embraces a Market Culture to increase access to care, enhance quality outcomes, achieve and surpass financial performance expectations and has an aggressive plan to expand into additional states.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct HIV/STD outreach and recruitment by using innovative approaches such as harm reduction, recovery readiness, and motivational strategies in various community settings.
  • Perform venipuncture specimen collection in accordance with testing requirements and appropriate guidelines.
  • In accordance with appropriate local and federal guidelines, deliver HIV test results to clients in a culturally compassionate manner.
  • Deliver HIV/HCV/STD testing and risk reduction counseling by utilizing Foundations of Counseling and Testing framework and approved testing technology as appropriate for event and client needs.
  • Accurately utilize the appropriate database in accordance with programmatic and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with community organizations, Prevention staff, and volunteers to facilitate effective HIV prevention outreach activities and referrals to HIV programming and other social services.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely communication with Coordinator and Testing Programs Manager, clients, service providers, and community collaborators.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation of all prevention services delivered.
  • Maintain regular communication with Ryan White outreach/linkage staff for timely follow-up, linkage, and documentation for referred clients.
  • Adhere to OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards and all required safety guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain strict client confidentiality standards per state and federal regulations.
  • Adhere to data entry policies and ensure accurate data and documentation of all linkage activities and prevention services delivered.
  • Assist in promoting available prevention programs targeting behaviorally defined high-risk populations, including recruitment, delivery, and documentation via designated reporting tools.
  • Refer clients to appropriate local community resources when conducting outreach and/or delivering prevention services.
  • Provide programmatic and quality assurance support for testing programs, including assisting with program coordination activities, recruitment, scheduling, and promotion; documenting activities; and attending regular programmatic meetings.
  • Assist in identifying, developing, and establishing community testing venues to increase service delivery to behaviorally defined target populations of men who have sex with men and injection drug users.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of innovative campaigns to reach individuals from disenfranchised populations.
  • Assist the Director of Health Promotion Programs and the Testing Programs Manager with departmental activities, including generating monthly and quarterly reports and maintaining internal supplies.
  • Participate regularly in Vivent Health, Health Promotion, and Team meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED required; bachelor's degree in behavioral health or related field strongly preferred
  • Training in HIV screening/counseling and testing preferred
  • Minimum of one year of experience in providing HIV testing services preferred
  • Two years of HIV/AIDS prevention or related work experience required
  • Training in harm reduction principles and motivational interviewing preferred
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to the above requirements

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions*

**Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer* *

Vivent Health is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire, promote and transfer qualified persons into all job classifications regardless of race, gender, religion, skin color, national origin or ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy) or mental disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, legally protected medical condition, family care status, marital status, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. Vivent Health complies with other expanded protected classifications that may be mandated by specific county or municipal regulations. As a recipient of federal funding, Vivent Health will not hire nor enter into a contractual relationship with any party that is debarred, suspended, or excluded from federal assistance programs.

*Public Student Loan Forgiveness*

Employment at our organization may qualify you for federal student loan forgiveness programs. We do not directly pay for - nor forgive - federal student loans; however our status as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3), makes us an eligible employer. There may be other determining factors for one to qualify.

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Salary Range
$31,000.00 - $52,000.00
per Year
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Austin, TX, 78752, US