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HCV Linkage to Care Specialist

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Background:

Based in East Harlem and Washington Heights, two long-standing and well-regarded harm reduction organizations in New York City are seeking an HCV Linkage to Care Specialist. The non-profits, in the process of completing a merger, are innovative organizations serving low-income people who use drugs, engage in sex work, their families, and their communities, as well as other marginalized individuals. The wide range of mobile and center-based services are delivered by upwards of 80 staff and peer workers, and include syringe access, overdose prevention, public health, care coordination, medical care, holistic care, peer education, and advocacy services. The organizations have a combined $7 million budget made up of mainly government grants. 

Position Summary:

The HCV Linkage to Care Specialist (LTCS) works in a non-traditional, Drop- in Center, mobile outreach setting as part of a team with a focus on connecting people who use drugs to Hepatitis C testing and treatment services. This position bridges the gap between low-threshold harm reduction services and medical services by meeting individuals where they are, recognizing and navigating systemic barriers to accessing care.


Responsibilities:

  • Conduct HIV/HCV testing to WHCP participants and community members at service locations including WHCP’s Drop-in Center and outreach locations including mobile outreach and at street-side tabling events
  • Conduct assessment upon program intake to identify risks and health service needs, coordinate with team members to assist and support to individuals seeking medical care and treatment, and liaison with medical providers to ensure access and retention in healthcare services
  • Develop educational messaging regarding HCV testing, treatment, re-infection, and wellness for participants in pre and post treatment care services
  • Provide education to participants regarding injection drug use, personalized risk assessment, overdose prevention, HCV prevention, treatment and post-care follow-up
  • Promote client safety and wellness by assessing their ability to reduce risk associated with using drugs
  • Deliver non-judgmental education around: overdose prevention/naloxone, infectious disease prevention and/or management, basic wellness
  • Conduct case conferences and case closure as needed
  • Work collectively with the care coordination team to identify effective systems-level needs to improve quality and efficacy of services
  • Participate in team meetings, staff meetings and professional development trainings as scheduled
  • Conduct community outreach to foster good community relations, educate about program services and assess need
  • Maintain a friendly, welcoming, and warm atmosphere at all sites, including crisis intervention and conflict resolution between participants
  • Document and report any incidents or accidents within 24 hours of occurrence.
  • Other duties as assigned


Requirements and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Health/Human Services, or Public Health preferred.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish required.
  • 2 to 3 years of experience working with marginalized populations (people who use drugs, sex workers, mentally ill, homeless, and/or formerly incarcerated).
  • Must have knowledge of and believe in the harm reduction modality and service delivery.
  • Detail Oriented, critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolutions skills necessary.
  • Experience in supportive counseling and crisis intervention.
  • Organized, outgoing, creative team player who learns and applies information quickly.
  • Able to conduct street-based and park-based outreach; physically able to climb stairs, and hills.
  • Positive attitude, good sense of humor and people skills are a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have computer proficiency including but not limited to Microsoft Office and online search engines
  • Ability to work with diverse communities (gender, ethnic, generation, lingual, political) as well as enthusiasm working with individuals who are current substance users.
  • Ability to build relationships with clients, service providers and other community programs.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and integrity.

Background:

Based in East Harlem and Washington Heights, two long-standing and well-regarded harm reduction organizations in New York City are seeking an HCV Linkage to Care Specialist. The non-profits, in the process of completing a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 13, 2021

Salary

Up to USD 45,000

Location

On-site
500 W 180th St, New York, NY 10033, USA

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in addition to your curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered for the position.


Please save your files with your last name and first initial followed by document title (e.g. Smith J Resume, Smith J Cover Letter)

 

Submit Resume and Cover letter to:

jobs@cornerproject.org

Subject: HCV Linkage to Care Specialist

Attention: Hiring Manager 


Washington Heights CORNER Project and the New York Harm Reduction Educators are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate relative to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical status, or history of incarceration. Individuals who have personal experience with drug use, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), women, people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, disabled individuals, and the formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and/or interest in harm reduction, Spanish/English proficiency, and interest in the position in…

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