Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious Disease
Company: CAN Community Health
Posted on: January 15, 2023
CAN Community Health one of the nation's largest providers of HIV
Services has an exciting opportunity for HIV Program Specialist for
our prevention department located in Clearwater/New Port Richey
area of FL.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about serving the
needs of individuals impacted by HIV and other infectious diseases.
You will become part of our professional team that drives home our
Company's Mission and Values. We offer good quality of life with an
excellent schedule, competitive pay with a bonus plan, premiere
benefits package with a retirement plan with a generous company
matching contribution. We have received recognition in 2022, 2021,
2019, & 2018 NPT's Best Non-Profit to Work for Award.
All new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
CAN is a Drug-Free Workplace. All potential hires will be required
to take and clear a pre-employment drug screen upon job offer.
Salary Range: $40k to $44k based upon education level, background,
You can find out more about us by visiting our website at
www.cancommunityhealth.org. Apply Today!
Statement of Purpose: This position is responsible for the
development and implementation of CAN HIV Community Health' Inc.,
HIV prevention, testing and PrEP navigation programs to all,
including those geared toward priority populations including gay,
bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender
individuals and disproportionately affected communities of color.
Outreach occurs in mobile locations with its sprinter unit,
including hot spot zip codes in assigned region of service. This
position is also responsible for building and developing
relationships and collaborations with community partners.
Program and Community Development (25%) Program Specialist I- HIV
1. Functions as one of CAN's representatives, with strong program
2. Develops/fosters grassroots relationships with community/support
resources, including establishing memoranda of understanding (MOUs)
and Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) with other medical and
social agencies (i.e. substance use, mental health, colleges,
3. Collaborates with other disciplines internally and externally to
coordinate client/patient services and community needs.
4. Establishes and maintains vendor relationships with self-test
and rapid-test kit companies, including a procurement, inventory,
and disbursement process.
5. Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.'s mission and
values, and follows its policies and procedures.
6. Collaborates with target populations and counties regularly,
utilizing innovative interventions.
7. Establishes and/or follows prevention policies, procedures,
partnerships, and schedules.
8. Analyzes epidemiological data and plans outreach efforts
9. Performs other tasks as directed by supervisor to further the
mission of CAN Community Health, Inc.
Prevention and Testing (50%) Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious
10. Maps HIV prevention and testing efforts, locally and throughout
11. Establishes and maintains an HIV prevention and outreach
12. Drives and maintains the sprinter mobile unit as
13. Completes weekly clinic(s)/testing in areas of service, which
could include occasional overnight stays at local hotels.
14. Provides health screenings including but not limited to -HIV
testing, blood pressure and glucose testing to a minimum number of
clients per month. Ensures accurate completion and appropriate
transport of all forms of minimum number of clients per month.
Ensure accurate completion and appropriate transport of all forms
of documentation and tracks grant requirements accordingly.
Additional STD testing may vary, per area of service and grants
15. Develops strategies to identify communities that are at
high-risk for HIV, STDs and Hep C.
16. Oversees referrals to community partners, targeted testing
activities, marketing and all other activities.
17. Participates in the implementation of the program strategies,
evaluation outcomes and ensure the full integration of HIV
Prevention Program activities.
18. Develops, reviews and updates policies and procedures related
to HIV Prevention Program activities.
19. Ensure accurate completion and prepares reports in accordance
with funders requirements.
20. Collaborates with other CAN prevention teams for peer reviews,
training and capacity building purposes.
21. Conducts online health education interventions through the use
of sex-seeking and dating geolocation applications.
22. Prepares HIV home test kits for distribution and utilizes the
chatbot system to provide HIPAA compliant support to clients
participating in Tele-Testing program.
PrEP Navigation (20%) Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious
23. Assess and address clients' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs
regarding PrEP along with their intentions to initiate and comply
with a PrEP regimen during HIV testing or navigation
24. Engage high-risk individuals in discussions regarding HIV risk
reduction and PrEP to educate them in what is required of the
patient to ensure the most effective use of PrEP.
25. Provide continual client education about PrEP on community and
26. Managing area-wide PrEP referrals:
a.) Confirm with referring location that contact has been made with
b.) Connection with the respective medical team to enroll client in
care via central scheduling or local support.
c.) Provide warm hand-off of client to team as applicable local
d.) Identifies MD offices to expand CAN PrEP provider network.
26. Train and efficiently navigate EMR system.
27. Providing PrEP Education
a.) If interest expressed in PrEP:
i. Engage in biopsychosocial and financial assessments with
ii. Review of prescription support programs, such as linkage to
patient assistance programs such as Advancing Access
Programs, DHHS and others.
iii. Providing client education as it relates to temporary
iv. Links client to a Program Specialist 2 or 3 for further PrEP
28. Promotes and practices CAN Community Health, Inc.'s mission and
values and follows its policies and procedures.
Grants management (5%) Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious
29. Implements and complies with federal (i.e. CDC, Ryan White),
state (Department of Health), and local (county, city) program
30. Develops and provides grant information for internal and
Secondary Tasks: Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious Disease
1. Represents CAN Community Health at local, state, and national
conferences and meetings, as deemed necessary.
2. Works in the field to recruit clients, provide HIV and other
STD's testing, distribute condoms, provide pre- and post- test
counseling, and proper referral to care when needed.
3. Ensures outreach activities are comprehensive, timely, and
coordinated in the most effective manner in accordance with the
4. Ensures outreach activities adhere to the CAN Community Health
5. Ensures client confidentiality 100% of the time by conforming to
HIPPA laws and CAN Community Health Policies and Procedures.
6. Maintains confidentiality regarding patient/client and/or family
standards in accordance with professional and departmental
7. Participates in quality improvement and assurance processes.
8. Utilizes resources in a cost-effective manner.
9. Continues professional training and education to advance
skills/knowledge of HIV and related disease processes, medications,
10.Assist with recruitment, training and supervision of outreach
volunteers and interns.
11. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Responsible To: Program/Prevention Manager
Physical Requirements: Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious
Neat, professional appearance.
LIGHT- Exerts up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10
lbs. of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force
constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects,
including the human body. Involves sitting most of the time but may
involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
Work requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as;
preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a
computer monitor; extensive reading; visual inspection involving
small objects, and/or operation of clinical equipment, devices and
Requires expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken word,
visual and auditory acuity.
Work is performed in both a clinical indoor setting and outdoor
setting utilizing the mobile sprinter unity and or tents for
Requires moderate travel to community meetings throughout the
assigned territory county.
Required Education/Professional Experience: Program Specialist I-
HIV /Infectious Disease
1. Public health, social work, and/or health education/social
sciences bachelor's degree and three (3) year minimum of relevant
2. Experience working with priority populations, including
injection drug users (IDU), as well as Hispanic, African American
and Native American communities.
Preferred Education/Professional Experience: Program Specialist I-
HIV /Infectious Disease
1. Three (3) years plus in HIV programmatic experience and/or
healthcare program development.
2. Medical assistant, public health, and/or nursing experience.
3. Experience and comfort administering HIV rapid testing and/or
drawing blood, per state requirements.
4. Bilingual in Spanish.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Program Specialist I- HIV
1. Ability to apply principals of health promotion and disease
2. Ability to accurately coordinate several tasks at one time.
3. Able to work autonomously.
4. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively
with a diverse population.
5. Knowledge of community health services and agencies.
6. Demonstrates visual and auditory acuity.
7. Working knowledge Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Power Point
Presentation and Microsoft Word
8. Experience with development and implementation of HIV Prevention
9. Ability to self-motivate
10. Managerial and Leadership skills
11. Demonstrates experience with Ryan White, CDC, and 340B
mandates, documentation, and compliance.
12. Demonstrates appropriate organizational skills.
13. Demonstrates excellent communication, intervention and people
14. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
15. Demonstrates knowledge of documentation protocols.
Machines/Equipment and Tools Used: Program Specialist I- HIV
3.Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.
Training Requirements: Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious
o All new employees are required to attend New Employee
o At least 1-2-week out-of-state onboarding training(s), included
but not limited to:
HIV prevention planning
Testing best practices
Mobile unit management
Basic annual safety
Blood borne pathogen
o On-going internal and external grassroots development
o Department of Health required training
o Other internal/external training as deemed necessary
Travel Requirements: Moderate in-state and occasional out-of-state
travel required, including prevention outreach work in the
community on evenings and weekends as needed in area of service.
This includes the responsibility and operation of a company
van/mobile unit. Requires a valid driver's license.
Other Duties: Program Specialist I- HIV /Infectious Disease
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with
or without notice.
CAN is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity
and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability, veteran status, or other
characteristic protected by applicable law.
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