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The Outreach and Testing Assistant will be responsible for performing HIV, STD, TB, and Viral Hepatitis pre- and post-test counseling, phlebotomy and rapid testing, diabetes, hypertension screening, and substance use screening. The position is responsible for conducting outreach to increase the number of immigrants, refugees, asylees and others who are screened to learn their status. Patients who screen positive are linked to care and follow up, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Provide pre- and post-test HIV/STI counseling
  • Conduct HIV rapid testing, phlebotomy for STI, viral Hepatitis B/C, and TB
  • Submit HIV,Gonorrhea and Chlamydia specimens to NYC DOHMH laboratory, Syphilis specimens to North well labs and viral Hepatitis specimens to Mount Sinai HONE project clinical lab
  • Refer HIV-infected clients to case management and refer STI-infected clients for STI treatment to NYC DOHMH clinics. Refer and follow up HCV and HBV sAg+ clients to Mount Sinai HONE project and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center for evaluation and treatment
  • Administer Hepatitis B vaccine to susceptible clients
  • Refer clients with hypertension or diabetes to NYC H+H hospitals for enrollment in H+H Options or NY Cares primary care programs
  • Coordinate, recruit clients, and participate in off-site HIV, STD, TB and viral Hepatitis screening events tailored for the African immigrant community, at key locations where the community gathers in New York City. This may include mosques, churches, ethnic associations, food pantries, and special events such as holiday parades, health fairs, weekly markets, and other community gatherings in all 5 boroughs
  • Make presentations about ASC health screenings to audiences in community settings
  • Update linkages with clinical, legal, housing, and social services providers for referral to HIV/STD/TB, viral Hepatitis, diabetes, and hypertension screening at ASC
  • Up to 25% time spent on significant data entry of testing center data as well as data entry for others programs as needed.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or BS required. Phlebotomy certification required.
  • Relevant coursework in biology, immunology, virology or other AIDS-related sciences
  • Minimum 1 yr. outreach / education experience in clinical setting or research
  • Ideal full-time position for an immigrant with experience in public health, community health and social services
  • HIV pre/post-test counseling skills or clinical experience desirable

Language Proficiency:

  • English fluency, second language (Spanish or French) required. African languages a plus.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong writing and presentation skills. Good interpersonal skills, sensitive to and comfortable with issues related to displaced people and HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
  • Requires an assertive and well-organized individual who is deeply dedicated to recruiting the community to health screening and linkage to care services, and who is familiar with and welcoming to subpopulations of the community such as transgender and sex worker communities.
  • Data entry experience
  • Some evenings and weekend hours required.

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter to Halimatou Konte at halimatouk@africanservices.org

African Services Committee (“ASC”) is a New York City-based community service organization founded in 1981 by a refugee from Ethiopia, with the mission of addressing the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. Our services currently include civil and immigration legal services, case management, housing assistance, English classes, HIV, STD, TB, viral hepatitis, and other disease screening and linkage to care, food pantry, community outreach, and HIV and immigration reform advocacy.

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