The Hook Up to Health initiative Project a collaboration between Justice Research Institute (JRI) Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS) program, and Lowell CHC will develop and implement high-impact Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention services in Boston and Lowell regions in Massachusetts to Young Men of Color Who Have Sex With Men (YMSM of color) and their partners. This collaboration will augment existing services and provide integrated supports for the target population. In particular, the Lowell CHC will address service gaps in the Northeast area.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Creatively market LCHC HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Counseling and Testing program and other HIV prevention programs and services at LCHC targeting YMSM of color.
Network Strategy interventions, as well as innovative social media strategies and other outreach tools, such as the CDC devised Social Network Strategy.
Participate in LGBQ/T activities and events within Lowell and other areas, such as Pride events.
Reach out to YMSM of color in the field or events where they are most likely to be.
Assist with client recruitment into programs and groups offered through the project.
Provide behavioral and contextual risk assessment and harm reduction counseling and education to all clients seeking HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Counseling and/or homelessness prevention programs.
Provide individual and group HIV education, skill building, adherence counseling, and related support to LGBQ/T youth.
Provide emotional and practical support around acceptance of status, disclosure, maintenance of care, and other challenges surrounding HIV disclosure.
Provide ARTAS and HIV Navigation Services interventions to appropriate clients.
Provide linkage to care, supported referrals, and connect clients with LCHC continuum of HIV prevention and housing services.
Maintain productive relationships with partner agencies that provide services to YMSM of color in the community, including primary care, substance abuse treatment, etc.
Conduct in-reach at LCHC to identify YMSM of color in need of service.
Collect program and client-level data, documenting various aspects of the engagement, Counseling and Testing, behavioral risk assessment, intervention sessions, referrals, and progress notes. Submit all required documentation to the program coordinator in a timely fashion.
Remain current and informed regarding issues of HIV/AIDS, STI, Viral Hepatitis, GLBT issues, substance abuse, and options counseling, and other communicable diseases.
Participate in all required quality assurance activities.
Work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary treatment team, Lowell CHC clinical staff.
Become CLEAR and Health Relationship trained and use strategies to promote outreach activities.
Attend other trainings as assigned by supervisor.
Carry out other related duties related to YMSM of color population as may arise.
Knowledgeable in youth development; able to obtain and interpret information in terms of the needs of youth; understanding of the range of interventions and treatment required by this population.
Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of diverse youth populations, including Black, Hispanic, LGBQ/T Q youth cultures.
General knowledge of health promotion and HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis prevention strategies (will train).
General knowledge and understanding of the relevant evidence-based interventions (will train).
Substance abuse and Communicable diseases certificate or training preferred.
Phlebotomy certification/experience preferred (will train).
Ability to provide services using a trauma-informed; harm reduction approach grounded in principles of positive youth development.
Excellent counseling and communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team.
Strong sense of professionalism, boundaries, and ethics.
Background Check: Acceptable CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information), OIG background check, driving record.
Other Job Information (if applicable): Work Schedule Available to work evenings, holidays, weekend shifts as necessary. Able to work alone in an unsupervised environment.
Lowell Community Health Center