With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, The New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. With over 200 years of leadership in the field, we’re also one of our nation’s oldest public health agencies. The challenges we face range from obesity, diabetes and heart disease to HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction and substance abuse, and the threat of bioterrorism. We’re tackling these issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.
The HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program is recruiting Interviewers for the New York City National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS). NHBS is a national, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded research project conducted annually in New York City and other participating sites. The project investigates HIV risk behaviors, access to and utilization of HIV prevention services, testing history, and HIV prevalence among populations at risk for HIV infection, including men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and high-risk heterosexuals (HET).
The study population for 2018 is people who inject drugs. Interviewers will administer 30-40 minute risk behavior interviews using tablet PCs and provide HIV and hepatitis C counseling and rapid testing to participants.
- Conduct in-depth, standardized surveys with study participants.
- Collect specimens for HIV and hepatitis C testing via finger stick, or other methods ass determined by the protocol.
- Provide HIV and hepatitis C counseling.
- Screen potential participants for eligibility and obtain informed consent.
- Maintain data integrity (i.e., all data collected accurately represents the information provided by a participant).
- Accurately document participant information for the eligibility screener, consent form(s), questionnaire, and Participant
- Tracking Form.
- Prepare and maintain interview and testing materials and supplies.
- Assist with ongoing formative research as necessary.
- Participate in required trainings.
- Assist with other related duties as assigned.
- Ability to adhere to detailed survey research protocols.
- Ability to comply with strict protocols for confidentiality.
- Strong attention to details.
- Ability to establish rapport with diverse racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation groups.
- Strong oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage, but not required.
- Ability to learn and use computerized interview programs.
- Experience working with PWID is an advantage, but not required.
- Certified phlebotomist and/or very experienced in phlebotomy is an advantage, but not required.
- Evening and weekend shifts may be required during the survey period (expected July-November 2018).
PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.