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Linkage to Care Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023

Department

BSD PED - Infectious Diseases - Community Health Program


About the Department

The Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, Care2Prevent, in the section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases provides comprehensive treatment and prevention services for people living with HIV and those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Care2Prevent is building a culturally diverse team committed to providing care and services in a multicultural environment where differences are valued and respected. Minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and intersectional individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Job Summary

The Linkage to Care Specialist (LTCS) will provide HIV/STI testing, results notification and linkage to care for individuals seeking HIV/STI testing and PrEP services at Care2Prevent (C2P) or associated community spaces. This individual will be responsible for results notification, explanation of treatment options, partner elicitation and linkage to/engagement in care for those who are HIV positive or at increased vulnerability for HIV. The individual in this role will complete weekly reporting responsibilities and is expected to maintain a caseload of individuals who need follow-up, treatment or PrEP navigation, working with them to address barriers to care. The LTCS will collaborate with community organizations to provide these services as well as sexual health educational workshops and activities, and they will also help with facilitation of Care2Prevent’s support groups. The LTCS will be expected to travel.

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Responsibilities

  • Perform HIV/STI testing, including collecting and managing specimens, providing results notification, and completing any mandated reporting.

  • Support linkage to care for HIV/STI treatment and/or PrEP by supporting clients in navigating medical and support services.

  • Assist with peer support groups.

  • Staff HIV/STI testing events offsite including aboard the Comer Hospital Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit and at community events.

  • Support community outreach activities, disseminating information about HIV/STI services and testing events through social media, community-based outreach, peer recruitment, network recruitment, and other channels.

  • Perform specific protocol procedures (specimens and data management, survey/questionnaire administration and the like) required to conduct the study and retain research subjects.

  • Participates in study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.

  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • GED or High School Diploma.

Experience:

  • 1-2 years of experience working in HIV or sexual health.

  • 1-3 years of experience working with LGBTQ+, minority, and marginalized populations.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Must complete phlebotomy training within 30 days of hire.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong degree of flexibility.

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills.

  • Strong knowledge of Chicago social service resources.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Creativity to solve problems and challenges.

  • Ability to receive constructive feedback.

  • Ability to manage stressful situations.

  • Ability and willingness to provide HIV/STI treatment, education, and prevention in non-traditional settings (community venues).

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to travel to various community venues across the metropolitan area.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work non-traditional hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).

  • Ability to obtain urine, blood, and oral specimens from clients.

  • Ability to travel to various local testing and event sites.

  • Ability to use computers.

  • Ability to use Standard Office Equipment.

  • Ability to use Standard Work Station Equipment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)


When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


Job Family

Research


Role Impact

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status

Non-Exempt


Pay Frequency

Biweekly


Scheduled Weekly Hours

40


Benefits Eligible

Yes


Drug Test Required

Yes


Health Screen Required

Yes


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No


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