General Definition and Scope of Job:
Reporting to the Manager of Prevention, the Prevention Specialist will provide prevention and outreach strategies to populations that are at risk for developing HIV infection, STI’s, and viral hepatitis. The Prevention Specialist will perform opioid overdose prevention, outreach and counseling, Narcan distribution, syringe and other harm reduction supply access and education, infectious disease counseling and testing, and post-overdose follow-ups. Strategies include group-level and individual-level interventions. The Prevention Specialist will collaborate with community groups and agencies as needed to streamline referrals and advance the prevention/education models that are implemented.
• Work with prevention team to identify priority populations in Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Hull and surrounding communities to focus prevention outreach efforts.
• Assist with the development and implementation of strategies for providing prevention and education to identified populations.
• Screen, interview, and counsel individuals who feel they are at risk of HIV/STI/Hep C infection.
• Collect specimens (blood/urine) and swabs for HIV,STIs, and Hepatitis C and send such specimens to appropriate testing sites.
• Provide and distribute risk reduction materials, such as condoms, syringes, bleach, pipes, fentanyl test strips, printed material, and other harm reduction material designed to decrease the target population’s risk of infectious disease, overdose, and other substance use-related illnesses.
• Develop and provide appropriate referrals for program participants in need of services.
• Perform individual- and group-level interventions.
• Facilitate educational groups in substance use treatment centers and for community groups.
• Assume role as HIV/STI/Hepatitis C content and resource specialist for Manet’s providers and staff.
• Attend meetings, conferences, and trainings to expand knowledge of topics such as STIs, HIV, Hepatitis C, substance use, harm reduction, etc. and be current on new developments as required by supervisor or designee.
• The position requires a flexible schedule in order to provide appropriate targeted outreach. Evening hours required.
• Complete all necessary paperwork in a timely and accurate fashion, and manage time appropriately to allow for completion of paperwork.
• Establish and maintain a good rapport and harmonious relationships with staff, clients, and other program-related individuals.
• Execute duties to reflect reasonable safety standards. Universal/standard precautions must be utilized and training obtained in areas that constitute risk.
• Must have dependable/reliable transportation as position requires travel to and from client sites and external trainings.
• Perform duties consistent with Manet Community Health Center’s policies and procedures.
• Perform other related work duties as needed or as required by supervisor or designee.
Minimum Skills, Experience and Educational Requirements:
• High School diploma, Bachelor’s degree preferred or minimum two years professional or lived experience in health education, substance use services or HIV services.
• Knowledge of HIV, STI and Hepatitis transmission required.
• Demonstrates a level of comfort working with diverse populations; people recently released from prison, people who use drugs, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people who are currently unhoused, and people who do sex work.
• Phlebotomy experience preferred, willingness to learn required.
• Self-directed, flexible, excellent teaching and interpersonal skills.
• Displays excellent judgment skills.
• Demonstrates ability to strictly adhere to confidentiality requirements.
• Demonstrates strong attention to detail with excellent record-keeping skills.
• Has reliable transportation.
• Bilingual candidates and individuals with lived experience related to the scope of services encouraged to apply.
Critical Demands of the Job:
• Manage multiple requests and prioritize appropriately.
• Ability to function in a fast-paced setting with a variety of patients and staff.
• Attention to details and prompt follow-up.
• Includes walking and standing for long periods of time, sitting for short periods of time, hand dexterity, clear hearing and speaking ability. Must be able to lift a maximum of 1/3 of their body weight.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Required Certifications and Licenses:
• Works in well-lighted environment with comfortable surroundings.
• Stressful at times due to competing demands, including attention to multiple patients and staff.
• Will comply with all applicable laws, and will cooperate with the Manet Community Health Center compliance program rules and regulations.
May be required to work evenings, holidays or weekends, if department requires.