HIV Prevention Outreach Worker/Counselor-Tester

Date Posted: 
Thu, 01/10/2019
Full time, some evenings
Job summary: 

Wonderful opportunity to do cutting-edge public health work at the intersection of the HIV/viral hepatitis/opioid epidemics as a part of a vibrant multidisciplinary HIV team at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)—a program recognized nationally for its innovative programming and provision of the highest quality health care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The HIV Prevention Outreach Worker provides outreach based health education and harm reduction counseling and testing for HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to high risk populations with an emphasis on reaching people who inject drugs and who are simultaneously experiencing homelessness. The Outreach Worker will also provide short term navigation for people with newly identified HIV, hepatitis C or sexually transmitted infections to support them in successfully accessing necessary health care and support services.

LGBTQ-identified persons and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Outreach Worker will identify sites where people who inject drugs, and other people at high risk for transmitting HIV and other infections, congregate and offer education, HIV/Hepatitis C/STI counseling/testing and supported referrals at these locations.
• Offer harm reduction counseling for people who inject drugs, with an emphasis on overdose prevention, and safer needle use
• Provide education and referral for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV; and provide short term navigation for these services
• Conduct health education groups for high risk populations
• For people who are newly diagnosed with HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C, facilitate connection to medical treatment by establishing rapport, offering warm handoffs to clinical staff, and accompanying patients to initial provider visits, offering reminder calls for important medical and social services appointments
• For people who are known to be infected with HIV, conduct outreach to engage and link those individuals to care
• Counsel and perform partner notification of positive test results

Qualifications and Requirements: 

• 2 or more years of post high school education or equivalent experience
• Skills and experience in phlebotomy preferred (but not required)
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills
• Knowledge and comfort in discussing HIV, viral, hepatitis and STI behavioral risks, substance use disorder and harm reduction with clients; and comfort in disclosing test results to clients
• Experience working with HIV positive clients, people with substance use disorders, and/or underserved populations preferred

• Demonstrated interest in working with under-served populations
• Commitment to equitable and culturally appropriate care for a wide range of diverse populations, including communities of color, LGBTQ communities, non-English speaking populations, people with substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges and people experiencing homelessness.
• Valid driver’s license required and car strongly recommended
• Willingness to travel to outreach sites
• Bilingual capacity in Spanish is a plus

The mission of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program is to provide the highest quality healthcare for Boston’s vulnerable population of homeless men, women and children. We are an organization committed to helping our clients and our employees reach their full potential. We have a generous and comprehensive benefit packages, as well as competitive wages.

We would love to hear from you!

How to Apply: 

Current employees with interest in this position should notify Human Resources in writing within 10 days of posting date.

Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we'd love to hear from you. Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] (strongly preferred) and put the position title in the subject line. Please include your cover letter in the body of the email. Attach your resume in Word format. If you are unable to email, please fax documents to (857) 654-1095 or mail them to BHCHP - HR, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118