APLA Health's mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at aplahealth.org.
APLA Health is currently seeking a PrEP Navigator to join our team! We offer great benefits, competitive pay, and great working environment! This is a great opportunity to make a difference!
The PrEP Navigator will work closely with the Director of Health Center Operations, the PrEP Coordinator, Enrollment/Benefits Specialist and Medical Director to ensure proper continuation and expansion of PrEP education, engagement, patient navigation and adherence counseling program at Gleicher/Chen Health Center (GCHC). The PrEP Navigator will heavily focus on community involvement, outreach, and provide health education in communities in which services are difficult to obtain. The PrEP Navigator will ensure that participating clients receive relevant HIV/STD-related education and services, sexual health information, and appropriate care and wellness referrals. These services will be geared towards persons most at-risk for HIV, including but not limited to, cisgender/transgender men who have sex with men, and cisgender/transgender women who have sex with men.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Assist in the continued implementation of PrEP/PEP services and appointment scheduling in the GCHC's Pendleton/Goldman PrEP Program while also ensuring that at-risk clients from all programs (health education/prevention, outreach, primary care, and oral healthcare) receive PrEP/PEP education and referrals. •The Navigator will have a case-load of clients considering, or taking, PrEP at GCHC; as such, the Navigator will conduct client-centered PrEP/PEP education and adherence counseling services with a focus on patient acquisition, engagement and retention.
1.Provide patients and clients with basic introductory education regarding PrEP/PEP. 2.Recruit high-risk patients and clients into PrEP education. 3.Participation in outreach activities including: Pride, health fairs, and other local activities. 4.Conducting, scheduling, and arranging town halls or community forums to provide education revolving around PrEP/PEP. 5.Assist patients and clients in scheduling primary care visits to further discuss PrEP and other health care concerns with a medical provider. 6.Conduct follow-up to offer adherence counseling and assistance in scheduling appointments for patients receiving PrEP. 7.Maintain, acquire, and fulfill required documentation for patient assistance programs (PAP). 8.Ensure proper collection, storage, and transmission of data used in reporting, research, and program evaluation. 9.Ensure proper collection, storage, and transmission of data used in reporting, research, and program evaluation.
•Provide education about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and other effective biomedical and prevention interventions; refer eligible, interested clients to primary care medical services at GCHC to further discuss PEP and other preventive care with a GCHC provider. •Provide immediate counseling and linkage to referrals for sexual assault victims. •Assist in and ensure the training of GCHC HIV/STD and Health Education/Prevention Department and other key patient-facing staff in basics of PrEP; ensure accurate knowledge of and referral to PrEP counseling and services from health education and affiliated staff at all APLAHW clinical care sites, including volunteers and interns. •Design, implement, and distribute advertising and educational, targeted/educational campaigns for PrEP. •Coordinate collaborative relationships related to PrEP implementation and service delivery. •Accurately complete all statistical data forms for PrEP, primarily within the GCHC Electronic Health Records System, ensuring complete and correct reimbursement for services rendered. •Assist Gleicher/Chen Health Center at meetings and trainings which are required by funders, including Gilead Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Division of HIV and STD Programs. •Review and maintain up-to-date and accurate knowledge of emerging scientific research regarding biomedical HIV prevention strategies, including PrEP, PEP and related interventions. •Maintain highest level of client confidentiality; follow HIPAA regulations. •Attend departmental meetings and trainings.
OTHER DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS.
Training and Experience: Associate's degree in a human services related field OR two years' experience working in HIV/STD prevention or other community health programs required. Experience in outreach, community organizing and in conducting educational trainings. Familiarity with PrEP/PEP and other biomedical interventions. Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred; specific training/experience with HIV and other health related issues preferred. Training/experience working in HIV prevention and health education/health promotion and program development. Bilingual - Spanish/English strongly preferred.
Knowledge of: Health disparities spectrum of HIV and STD disease; harm reduction theory; behavior modification theory; human sexuality; substance use and abuse; motivational interviewing techniques; outreach strategies; data management; health and social concerns of diverse populations of gay and non-gay identified MSM; risk reduction theory; principles of social marketing; and venues where the target population congregates, including the Internet.
Ability to: Work independently; work effectively with diverse staff, volunteers and professionals; work effectively with diverse community stakeholders who may hold a wide range of opinions on gay and non-gay identified MSM; organize stakeholders and engage community building and establish linkages between stakeholders; identify particular goals and objectives with respect to harm reduction; meet frequent, sometimes conflicting deadlines in a rapidly changing environment; respond with sensitivity to social inequities and diverse ethnic groups; maintain confidentiality. Ability to identify successful strategies in reaching hard to reach populations.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work some nights, weekends, and occasional irregular hours.