Testing Coordinator Job Description:

Department: Prevention Services

Job Title: Testing Program Coordinator

Reports To: Director Prevention Services

 Organization Overview: Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) is a multi-service public health organization dedicated to promoting health, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty. PPP works to provide safe and humane alternatives to the war on drugs, working to reduce the prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis C by linking people to the health resources they need. PPP meets people where they are, providing information and access to resources with dignity and respect. Using a harm reduction approach, PPP offers low threshold, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental services to address the health and social service needs of people in Philadelphia. PPP promotes harm reduction through mobile medical care, sterile syringe exchange, rapid HIV and HCV testing, referrals to social services, and comprehensive prevention case management services. 

Position Summary:The Testing Program Coordinator will focus on increasing HIV and HCV testing, linkage to care, and health education for participants that are eligible for testing through PPP’s drop-in center, syringe service program, and clinical programs. PPP’s TALC program focuses on providing testing and other prevention services to people who inject drugs (PWID). People come to Prevention Point, in majority, through our drop-in center and syringe service program. We regularly see anywhere from 150 to 250 people daily. Engagement in testing services provides a bridge between the drop-in, syringe service program and other PPP services.

PPP testers are expected to recruit participants for testing, deliver results, and work with case management on other client concerns, which include, but are not limited to: linkage HIV and HCV medical care, PrEP and PEP services, primary medical care, behavioral health care, overdose prevention training, help accessing public benefits, referrals to other outside agencies and their services, questions about best harm reduction practices and linkage (if appropriate) to other PPP services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate the implementation, development, management, and monitoring of HIV and HCV Testing Program at PPP.
  • Ensure compliance with all standards and protocols set forth by local, state and federal regulations relating to HIV and HCV testing activities.
  • Ensure the timeliness and quality of all required program data and documentation for HIV and HCV Testing. This includes maintaining relevant databases, charts and paperwork in order to ensure quick and effective access to program data for reporting and program analysis.
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and precise reporting of all new HIV infection cases to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health from point of diagnosis to linkage to medical care.
  • Ensure timely and effective linkage to care for newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed individuals living with HIV.
  • Oversee the day-to-day tasks related to HIV and HCV testing including monitoring of inventory of testing supplies, maintaining cleanliness and organization of clinic rooms, outreach testing bags, supply storage spaces, and all other related activities.
  • Produce monthly reports for testing activities for internal use.
  • Provide individual supervision with program staff on a weekly basis and facilitate weekly team meeting in conjunction with Director of Prevention Services.
  • Manage staff schedules.
  • Oversee and support testing services embedded in other Prevention Point programs, including testing at medical clinics and mobile syringe exchange sites.
  • Manage outreach and inreach related to testing.
  • Monitor and maintain incentives and incentive logs.
  • Train new staff and coordinate continuing education for existing staff.
  • Represent PPP’s testing program at community events and external meetings.
  • Organize and conduct testing at community-based events.
  • Develop promotional material for HIV testing and HIV prevention programs.
  • Drive outreach vehicle for mobile testing services.
  • Fulfill general responsibilities and expectations of a coordinator-level position at PPP.
  • Conduct a limited amount of testing activity as needed.

SKILLS:

  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Familiar with current HIV testing methods
  • Spanish language skills a plus; cultural competence required; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and collaborative approach to work.
  • Ability to work well and communicate effectively with persons of varying educational and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent computer and data management skills

EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with or interest in working with homeless individuals impacted by substance use
  • 2+ year’s HIV testing
  • Experience in Harm Reduction and public health education materials development

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, or a related field

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based health program, including lifting/moving up to 25lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include walking and standing for long periods and sitting for up to 30 minutes
  • This position requires travel to outreach locations within Philadelphia and the ability to work out-of-doors for up to 8 hours
  • This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act

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HOMELESS OUTREACH WORKER (FULL-TIME)

Job Title:                             Homeless Outreach Worker (Full-Time)

Reports To:                         Housing & Outreach Coordinator

Organizational Summary:

Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) is a multi-service public health organization dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of the homeless, drug users, sex workers, and the uninsured. Using a harm reduction approach, PPP offers culturally sensitive, non-judgmental services to address the health and social service needs of drug users and sex workers in Philadelphia. PPP meets people where they are, providing information and access to resources with dignity and respect. PPP promotes harm reduction through mobile medical care, sterile syringe exchange, referrals to social services, and comprehensive prevention case management services.

Position Overview:

The Homeless Outreach Worker will assist in the operation of PPP’s expanding housing services program. Their work will focus on identifying and engaging homeless and unstably housed individuals in the community and assisting them in accessing necessary resources, particularly housing and drug treatment. This will involve canvassing out in the Kensington neighborhood, meeting people where they are and assisting them in accessing additional services. This work builds on PPP’s expertise in identifying and working with individuals who face addiction and/or homelessness. PPP currently runs several successful programs that will support this program, including the Drop In Center, housing counseling and referrals, a respite shelter, co-located CBH and BHSI drug treatment access through CRAFT (Coordinated Referral and Facilitation to Treatment), other Case Management, Peer Navigation services, and services to help people get identification.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Identify and engage individuals facing homelessness and addiction from the community by conducting street based outreach in areas frequented by housing unstable individuals.
  2. Conduct brief assessments to identify individuals’ short term needs and readiness for housing placement and/or drug treatment.
  3. Link individuals seeking recovery to drug treatment services by transporting them to CRAFT or an assessment center and assisting in the referral process.
  4. Collaborate with Housing Case Managers to assist individuals who meet criteria in accessing housing placements including emergency shelter, safe haven, and Journey of Hope.
  5. Complete all necessary paperwork and data collection including entry of every encounter with individuals into the city’s homeless outreach tracking system (WebFocus).
  6. Collaborate with referral service providers including assessment centers, Office of Homeless Services (OHS), and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).
  7. Assist with outreach and re-linkage for those who have left treatment or housing placement
  8. Participate in regular team meetings and supervision.
  9. Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Please note this position requires working some non-traditional hours including nights.
Skills Required:

  • Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to use a harm reduction approach to housing and addiction
  • Dynamic, creative, flexible, able to learn and adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least one year experience with communities impacted by homelessness, poverty, substance use, and/or HIV/AIDS.
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia homeless and housing services
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia treatment process and systems preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy and social justice, particularly as related to harm reduction, poverty, and homelessness
  • Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Kensington neighborhood preferred

Other Requirements:

  • This position includes the normal physical demands of a community-based health program, including lifting/moving up to 25lbs, bending, and carrying. Other physical requirements include walking and standing for long periods and sitting for up to 30 minutes.
  • This position requires travel to outreach locations within Philadelphia and the ability to work out-of-doors for up to 8 hours.
  • This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act

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