The Health Education Coordinator Senior will supervise, train, evaluate and support 4-10 EIS Health Education Coordinators (EHEC), EIS Health Education Coordinator Associates (EHEC-A), and/or EIS Peer Prevention Specialists (EPPS) providing regional services in harm reduction programs (HRP), Syringe Services Programs (SSP), and through targeted outreach activities. This position will serve as the first contact for the EHEC, EHEC-A, and/or EPPS to provide individual consultations to discuss difficult clients/cases, as needed. This position assists in coordinating regional coverage of HIV testing, health education and risk reduction counseling services in concert with local health department SSP hours and requested testing within collaborating agencies targeting at-risk populations in the community. This position will ensure that the EHEC, EHEC-A, and/or EPPS attend mandatory continuing education programs and trainings related to required interventions and strategies, and will conduct annual personnel evaluations for the EHEC, EHEC-A, and/or EPPS . The Health Education Coordinator Senior will maintain appropriate program documentation on unique program services, report on regional program statistics, and regularly evaluate case notes and data entry of EHEC, EHEC-A, and EPPS. This position will provide additional training on quality as needed. Finally, this position will assist the Target4 Program Director and Assistant Director in preparing performance reports and narrative as needed, and will assist in data collection/entry into reporting database and attend trainings as necessary
This position will provide Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Early Intervention Services including targeted HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling to persons presenting for services at harm reduction programs (HRP), syringe services program (SSP), and through targeted outreach events designed to help the unaware learn of their HIV status and receive referral to HIV care and treatment services if found to be HIV infected. This position will coordinate services with CDC prevention specialists and linkage navigators throughout the defined service area. This position will link 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, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
This position will provide Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program education and risk reduction counseling to persons at high-risk for contracting or transmitting HIV. The Health Education Coordinator Senior will assess individual risk and connect them to appropriate resources as needed. This position will provide information about medical and psychosocial support services and counseling to improve the client's health status on educational topics and risk reduction strategies to reduce transmission including comprehensive HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI prevention counseling. This position will provide information related to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for clients' partners and health care coverage options; promote treatment as prevention and harm reduction strategies; as well as connect and refer to medical services as appropriate. The Health Education Coordinator Senior will provide health education counseling to clients to improve their health literacy, increase retention in medical care, and improve treatment adherence to achieve better health outcomes. This position will distribute patient education materials (pamphlets and books) as well as risk reduction supplies (sharps containers, condoms, lubricant, etc.) to persons at high risk for contracting or transmitting HIV. The Health Education Coordinator Senior may facilitate support groups as indicated by needs of the population served, and attend and actively participate in mandatory continuing education programs and trainings related to required interventions and strategies.
The Health Education Coordinator Senior will serve as a liaison for the Target4 Project and collaborate with local health departments, community-based organizations, and AIDS Services Organizations to integrate HIV testing, counseling, and education into program services. This position will represent the Target4 Project HRI program in local Health Department and community-based initiatives. This position will participate in strategic planning and will use Health Department messaging and communications tools (as appropriate). This position must be sensitive to local culture, and institutions,. And protocols.
This position is part of Target4 Project and will be funded by the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) income Reinvestment Program (KIRP). This position has been funded since 2018 is reconsidered for funding every 2 years, currently funded through 2024 and will require travel in a defined service area within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, specifically within Bath, Menifee, Rowan, Morgan, Elliott, Carter, Boyd, and Lawrence. This position will be housed in either Carter or Boyd county.
The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of, and experience using, Microsoft Windows, including the Office applications Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access (or equivalent database).
Position Time Status: Full-Time
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Degree in Health Education, Social Work, Social Services, Criminal Justice, Public Health, or Human Development highly preferred.
University Community of Inclusion:
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