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Health Promotion & Testing Counselor (Per Diem)

DESCRIPTION

The Health Promotion and Testing Counselor is responsible for promoting health screenings and agency services as well as providing Testing, Counseling and Treatment Access to clients particularly those at high risk for HIV, other STI infections and other serious health conditions. This is classified as a “sensitive position” due to its access to confidential information.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Health Promotion

Conducts outreach activities in target communities in order to provide and promote agency services.

Actively assists supervisor in identifying new venues and testing sites to conduct activities.

Performs promotional and educational activities to link participants to Agency services.

Actively participates in health fairs promoting services and encouraging participants to get tested.

Testing and Counseling

Provides pre and post test counseling for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and health screenings as required.

Performs HIV and STI testing on clients by drawing blood or securing a blood, urine or saliva sample (OraSure or OraQuick Advance) and follows all manufacturer’s instructions for the testing technology used.

Performs health screenings (i.e. blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol) as instructed.

Complies with monthly productivity standards in relation to number of tests, outreach, etc, as determined by management.

Creates a supportive atmosphere in which to conduct testing.

Performs risk assessments for substance abuse and high risk behaviors according to agency and funders standards.

Routes lab specimens to the laboratory for analysis on the same day the sample is collected.

Maintains the area used for activities by cleaning before and after activities.

Maintains proper inventory of supplies for use on the mobile unit, at satellite locations, and in the office.

Referrals and Access to Treatment

Works with Outreach Workers and other agency staff to link clients testing positive to HIV primary care, other medical, dental or psychosocial care as determined.

Makes other referrals to the appropriate services and service providers as needed. (Food Stamps, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Counseling, etc.)

Routes lab specimens to the laboratory for analysis on the same day the sample is collected.

Documentation, Compliance and Quality Assurance

Inputs client information and productivity data using software assigned (e.g. Casewatch, KIS) by deadline established.

Processes all progress notes and client admissions and discharges daily.

Maintains Timely, Accurate, Legible and Clear chart documentation according to agency requirements.

Complies with all data and forms submission as required by agency funders and government entities (i.e. DOH, CDC, SFBHN).

Participates in programmatic site visits and monitorings when required.

Participates in routine, periodic program QA activities.

Drives the mobile unit to outreach sites as required by supervisor.

Complies with all safety protocols as well as cleaning and maintenance schedules for mobile units and testing site locations.

Maintains proper inventory of supplies for use on the mobile unit, at satellite locations, and in the office.

Completes mobile unit check lists before and after use as well as reports any incidents promptly following agency procedures.

Participates in staff training sessions as required by the agency and the funding source.

Participates in agency developmental activities as requested.

Other duties as assigned.

Safety

Ensures proper hand washing according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Ensures each new client receives screening for their risk for suicide.

Understands and appropriately acts upon assigned role in Emergency Code System

Understands and performs assigned role in Agency Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

QUALFICATIONS

High school diploma is required. College education in the health or social services field preferred. Two years of related experience are required. HIV 104, HIV 500, HIV 501, Orasure, Oraquick and health screenings trainings are required. Phlebotomy, CPR, proper driver license and clean driving record for mobile unit operation might be required. Must pass pre-employment criminal background check according to Department of Children and Families regulations and Florida Statutes. Bilingual (English-Spanish/ English-Creole) is preferred. Being informed regarding specific HIV transmission risks. Computer knowledge should include Microsoft Word and Excel. Excellent communication, organizational and team work skills. Knowledge of counseling techniques, active listening and skills building techniques required. Ability to work with multicultural and diverse population is required. The responsibility for internal and external contacts is frequent and important. Own transportation required. Driving at least a 27 ft. mobile unit might be required.

SALARY:  $13.00 – $17.00 Hourly

LOCATION:   Midtown / Oakland Park Locations



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3510 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
T. 305-576-1234 | F. 305.571.2020


1901 S.W. 1st Street - 3rd Fl.
Miami, FL 33135
T. 305-203-5230 - F. 305.203.5231


871 West Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311
T. 954-567-7141 | F. 954.565.5624


1701 Meridian Avenue, Suite 400
Miami Beach, FL 33139
T. 305-673-3555 | F: 305.673.1960