Community Health Educator II - Trans Navigator

Job Title:  Community Health Educator II - Trans Navigator

Position Purpose

Working under the direction of the Community Health Prevention Programs Manager, the Community Health Educator II - Trans Navigator provides one-time health education interventions for individuals, groups, and communities. One-time interventions may include diagnostic testing for infectious illnesses such as HIV and HCV or providing community outreach and prevention education to individuals who are at high-risk for infectious and chronic diseases. This position will involve navigation of Trans clients through appropriate agency programs and to our outside referral network. Person selected for the position will be a resource and advocate for trans patients both existing and prospective. Interventions may include Pre or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and/or Early Intervention or Linkage to Care for health services for populations that are HIV positive or who have Hepatitis C. Though the majority of the work will be located at Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs and/or Indio, there may be times when you might have to drive to client home visits, meetings, and events.

Job Type: Full-time

FLSA Status: Hourly, Non-exempt

Reports to:  Community Health Prevention Programs Manager

Essential Functions

  • Complete brief assessment of needs with patients of DAP who may benefit from accessing relevant DAP services and provide appropriate referrals when necessary;
  • Collaborate with client, caregiver, and interdisciplinary team members in assessing trans-specific needs and assist clients in accessing appropriate transgender health resources such as healthcare resources, navigating name/gender marker changers, etc.;
  • Participate in interdisciplinary Transgender Health Program meeting.  May be assigned to serve on committees that are Trans Spectrum related;
  • Assess financial need of patients and facilitate patient financial support; help with applications, especially as it relates to public benefits programs, health insurance (Medicaid/ACA Marketplace), ADAP, and prescription assistance programs;
  • For anyone testing positive for an infectious disease, provide education and linkage to care.  For HIV or HCV, ensure patient is linked and retained in care through their first medical visit;
  • Home visits are required for HIV/HCV EIS services when other means of contacting the patient have not succeeded;
  • Provide HIV, HCV and Syphilis testing to clients and instruct self-collection for gonorrhea and chlamydia;
    • Collect and process blood (finger-stick and venipuncture) specimens and instruct self-collection for gonorrhea and chlamydia.  Prepare specimens for laboratory processing;
    • Provide HIV and HCV test results to clients;
    • Facilitate referrals to medical care, Early Intervention Staff, PrEP/PEP navigators and other DAP services as needed;
  • Provide HIV, HCV and STD education services to individuals in community settings reaching individuals at high-risk for HIV infection. Complete an assessment of behavioral risk and utilize prevention and risk reduction strategies for specific infectious and chronic illnesses at time of individual visit;
  • Provide information and education and referral to PrEP Navigators to each client about prevention tools including proper risk-reduction, use of condoms, lube, and antiretroviral medication for prevention (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis - PEP/Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis - PrEP);
  • Provide education to D.A.P. staff as appropriate and as assigned, on topics regarding health conditions impacting our service area and strategies to engage members of targeted and impacted populations in care;
  • Provide community-based trans trainings or workshops on related health and wellness topics as appropriate;
  • Communicate information consistent with agency standards;
  • Complete other related assignments to help meet the goals and objectives of the department;
  • Provide information, education, and emotional support to patients in a compassionate, culturally sensitive, and appropriate manner;
  • Establish and maintain positive community relations;
  • Remain well-informed of how to access community resources to help guide clients through these systems;
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of work;
  • Keep Electronic Health Record up to date as needed (ARIES, EPIC, LEO, other databases);
  • As necessary, maintain all charts in order and complete documentation within required time-frames;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent experience;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English;
  • Strong understanding of and interest in trans cultural competency and trans health navigation;
  • Member of the Trans community or Trans ally.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred;
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred;
  • Ideal candidate will have interest in and competence in cultural differences, HIV/AIDS, minority health, sexual practices, and a demonstrated competence in working with the substance abuse community, African-American, Latino/a, LGBT communities, health care workers, youth and/or seniors;
  • Has life experience navigating gender-affirming health care systems as a consumer and is comfortable sharing that experience to empower others;
  • Phlebotomy certification/experience or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy;
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS disease, Sexually Transmitted Infections (Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis) and HCV, to include diagnosis, prevention, risk-reduction strategies;
  • Previous professional or volunteer experience working in HIV/STD/HCV prevention or care and its relationship with sociocultural issues and/or delivering sexual health education;
  • Understanding of how related chronic and infectious diseases are transmitted and prevented as well as familiarity with Pre-Exposure and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP);
  • Experience in community based medical/health or social service settings; social work, counseling, nursing, public health or other health education;
  • Stages of Change and behavioral risk reduction;
  • Motivational Interviewing.

License(s) and Certification(s)

  • California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS HIV testing and finger stick certification required before providing CLIA Waived testing. If not presented upon hired, it must be completed upon first available training in the region.
  • Partner Services Training certificate preferred and must be completed upon first available training in the region. If not presented upon hired, it must be completed upon first available training in the region;
  • Must possess valid CA driver's license with clean driving record, auto insurance and reliable transportation. Able to transport self within the community.

Working Environment and Physical Demands

This job operates in an office setting and requires frequent times of sitting, standing, repetitive motion and talking. Ability to lift up to 24 pounds. Direct patient contact under normal circumstances is required. This position involves exposure to blood, body fluids, non-intact skin or tissue specimens. Access to patient protected health information required. Services may be provided either on site in The DOCK at Desert Aids Project (D.A.P.) or throughout the Coachella Valley. Community settings may include health fairs, religious institutions, substance abuse treatment facilities, high schools and colleges, businesses or partner health and social service organizations. Though the majority of the work will be located at D.A.P. in Palm Springs and/or Indio during standard business hours, this position does require driving to client home visits, meetings, and events. All positions in the Community Health department require you to work some evenings and weekends.

Other Duties

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of everything that is required of the employee for the job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Work Authorization/Security Clearance

This job requires full proof of authorization to work in the United States without any future requirement of sponsorship for work visa.

Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)/Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and a Drug Free Workplace. In order to obtain a culturally diverse staff, we encourage applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Applications from minorities, members of the transgender community and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of Desert AIDS Project to provide equal employment opportunities for applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, age, disability or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws. Desert AIDS Project welcomes the opportunity to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation during the employment process, please notify Human Resources. Any employment relationship with Desert AIDS Project is at-will. This means employment can be terminated at any time, with or without notice or cause, at the option of either Desert AIDS Project or the employee.