This position will be embedded in a Harm Reduction Program at the WEDCO District Health Department and will serve as a Risk Reduction Specialist. It will provide targeted HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling to persons presenting for services at the harm reduction programs to help the unaware learn of their status, and refer persons found to be positive for HIV or Hepatitis C to medical care and treatment services at key points of entry for Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services, Medical Case Management, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Risk Reduction Specialist will also provide interventions and educational information to persons at high-risk for contracting or transmitting HIV on how to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, and will work with individuals to assess individual risk needs and connect them to appropriate resources as needed.
Additionally, this role will provide information about medical and psychosocial support services and counseling to improve participants' health status. Educational topics covered include risk reduction strategies to reduce transmission, including comprehensive HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI prevention counseling, and preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for clients' partners and treatment as prevention and harm reduction. Will also provide tools to clients to improve their health literacy, increase retention in medical care, and improve treatment adherence to achieve better health outcomes; distribute patient education materials (pamphlets and books), as well as risk reduction supplies (sharps containers and condoms) to persons at high risk for contracting or transmitting HIV. The Risk Reduction Specialists will represent the HRI program within the local health department and assist in collaborations and strategic planning.
This position is part of the Harm Reduction Initiative and will be funded by the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) and Kentucky Income Reinvestment Program (KIRP) through November 30, 2023. Travel across a defined service area within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, specifically in the WEDCO District Health Department service area is required.
The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Windows, including the Office applications Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
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Required License/Registration/Certification :
Degree in Health Education, Social Work, Social Services, Criminal Justice, Public Health, or Human Development highly preferred.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
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