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SAMHSA Prevention Specialist - Austin, TX
Job Code:2020-PRV-013
FT/PT Status:Prevention Services
Location:Austin (TX)

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Position Purpose

Under the general supervision of the SAMHSA Program Coordinator, the Health Promotion Prevention Specialist conducts outreach, recruitment, and engagement of young people dealing with issues as it relates to sexual health, mental health, and substance use. The Health Promotion Prevention Specialist assists with design, planning, promotion, implementation, and facilitation of the evidence-based BASICS intervention.Additionally, the Health Promotion Prevention Specialist assists with linkage to medical and support services for clients who test HIV-positive and conducts outreach for program recruitment. ThePrevention Specialist provides designated services to men who have sex with men; high-risk, injection drug users; and high-risk heterosexual men and women between the ages of 18-24. The Prevention Specialist will provide HIV and screening for Hep. C for all participants in the program. The Prevention Specialist will also facilitate evidence-based intervention (BASICS) with a focus on substance abuse, risk reduction, and sexual health. The Prevention Testing Specialist follows guidelines approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scope of Responsibilities

Vivent Health is one of the nation’s largest providers of HIV prevention, care and treatment services with a budget approaching $130 million and employing over 400 professionals.

The unique, nationally recognized Vivent Health HIV Medical Home model of care assures that everyone with HIV has access to medical, dental, mental health and social services and provides the best opportunity for patients to achieve high quality health outcomes. Vivent Health also provides aggressive HIV prevention services to gay men, injection drug users and others at the highest risk for HIV infection. 

Vivent Health currently operates in multiple states nationwide. It embraces a Market Culture to increase access to care, enhance quality outcomes and achieve and surpass financial performance expectations and has an aggressive plan to expand into additional states.

Essential Functions
  • Conduct program outreach and recruitment by using innovative approaches such as harm reduction, recovery readiness, and motivational strategies in various community settings.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of innovative campaigns to reach individuals from disenfranchised populations.
  • Assist in identifying, developing, and establishing community testing and recruiting venues to increase service delivery to behaviorally defined target populations of men who have sex with men and injection drug users age 18-24.
  • Refer clients to appropriate local community resources when conducting outreach and/or delivering prevention services.
  • Assist in promoting Health Promotion programs for behaviorally defined high-risk populations, including recruitment, delivery, and documentation.
  • Provide programmatic and quality assurance support for testing programs, including assisting with program coordination activities, recruitment, scheduling, and promotion; documenting activities; and attending regular programmatic meetings.
  • Collaborate with community organizations, Health Promotion staff, and volunteers to facilitate effective sexual health outreach activities and referrals to Health Promotion programming and other social services.
  • Help recruit clients for BASICS intervention and facilitate and implement BASICS, an evidence based intervention.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely communication with SAMHSA Coordinator, clients, service providers, and community collaborators.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation of all prevention services delivered.
  • Maintain regular communication with linkage staff for timely follow-up, linkage, and documentation for referred clients.
  • Adhere to OSHA blood borne pathogen standards and all required safety guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Adhere to data entry policies and ensure accurate data and documentation of all linkage activities and prevention services delivered.
  • Assist the Director of Health Promotions Programs and the SAMHSA Coordinator with departmental activities, including generating monthly and quarterly reports and maintaining internal supplies.
  • Participate regularly in Vivent Health, Health Promotion, and HIV Testing Team meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Skills
  • Awareness of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Awareness of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
  • Awareness of high-impact prevention.
  • Awareness of community resources related to HIV, mental health, and substance abuse.
  • Knowledge of health education, public health concepts, or substance abuse.
  • Ability to adhere to OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards and all required safety guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment, maintain strict confidentiality standards, and adhere to professional standards as defined by state and federal regulations.
  • Ability to work comfortably with diverse populations, with sensitivity to issues concerning HIV and all disabilities.
  • Ability to make decisions in accordance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and execute tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to take initiative and follow through on tasks and work effectively on a team.
  • Ability to be detail oriented.
  • Solid computer skills using Microsoft Professional Office Suite.
  • Skill in operating office equipment, including desktop computer, laptop, calculator, office printer, facsimile machine, and telephone system.
  • Ability to perform routine walking, standing, bending, lifting, and stooping during the course of a workday.
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle for Health Promotion Department activities, valid Texas driver’s license, and ability to maintain a safe driving record.
  •  An Influenza vaccine is required of all new employees at the time of employment, and is required thereafter on an annual basis.
  • A tuberculin/TB skin test is required of all new employees at the time of employment, and may be required thereafter on an annual basis, depending on position.

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions*

**Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer* *

Vivent Health is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire, promote and transfer qualified persons into all job classifications regardless of race, gender, religion, skin color, national origin or ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy) or mental disability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, legally protected medical condition, family care status, marital status, veteran status, genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. Vivent Health complies with other expanded protected classifications that may be mandated by specific county or municipal regulations. As a recipient of federal funding, Vivent Health will not hire nor enter into a contractual relationship with any party that is debarred, suspended, or excluded from federal assistance programs.

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