Prevention Navigator LTE

 

Position Purpose

Flexible work schedule! 24, 32 or 40 hours per week! The LTE (Limited Term Employment) Prevention Navigator provides intensive care coordination, support and services to people who inject drugs, many of whom are already clients of Vivent Health’s LifePoint Needle Exchange Program. The goals of Prevention Navigation are to help clients reduce barriers and build skills needed access services such as medical insurance, hepatitis C care, and addiction treatment services for those who are ready. The Prevention Navigator will implement a client-centered approach with individuals living in the La Crosse, Wausau, and or the Green Bay/Fox Valley areas. This position will work with clients to develop an individualized plan to access prevention and treatment services for a broad range of health needs as identified by the client.
 

In addition to providing service coordination, the Prevention Navigator will be instrumental in identifying, building, and expanding existing relationships with relevant community-based organizations and health centers to create a regional prevention referral network. The Prevention Navigator will work to ensure ongoing network partner engagement by working closely with organizations to understand their capacity to take referrals and establishing points of contact with key personnel. 

The Prevention Navigator will also be responsible for various administrative and data collection aspects of community-based research including participant screening, enrollment, data entry, and human subjects research training.

This is a Limited Term Employment position which will run from date of hire to April 30th, 2023. 

 

Who We Are 
Vivent Health is one of the nation’s largest providers of HIV prevention, care and treatment services with a budget approaching $260 million and employing over 550 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, achieve and surpass financial performance expectations and has an aggressive plan to expand into additional states.

Essential Functions

  • Work with Prevention staff and research team to identify potential prevention navigation clients.
  • Recruit, screen and enroll clients into the prevention navigation program.
  • Provide support to people who inject drugs who are interested in initiating an individualized plan to access prevention and treatment services.
    • Complete screenings to identify barriers to care and readiness for prevention navigation (PN).
    • Assess benefits and insurance and, if needed, provide assistance to access insurance/payer programs.
    • Effectively collaborate with Vivent Health Prevention Specialists and other Vivent Health prevention staff to provide disease prevention, testing, education and counseling.
    • Effectively collaborate with Vivent Health PrEP Navigators to provide PrEP education and referrals.
    • Make referrals for external services needed to support injection drug use care and treatment and follow up to ensure service delivery.
    • Provide ongoing follow up to encourage treatment plan adherence.
    • In some cases, in consultation with the Research Coordinator, provide in-home or community-based consultations and assessments.
  • Maintain appropriate client records and timely documentation of services utilizing electronic software.
  • Serve as a fully functioning member of the Prevention team, able to participate in daily activities and functions to maintain overall Vivent Health operations.
  • Collaborate with the UW-Madison Westergaard research lab, which includes regular attendance to meetings, occasional trips to Madison and ongoing progress updates.
  • Provide outreach to relevant communities with a focus on people who inject drugs.
  • Establish working relationships with appropriate community resources in the area, including those providing mental health, social services and drug treatment programs to the target population.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, public health, health care or human services from an accredited college or university.
  • 1+ year experience working on a team conducting field-based research.
  • 1+ year experience working in a harm reduction setting.
  • 1+ year field experience in prevention activities, care navigation, linkage to care, providing education and/or direct services in a community-based health center or social service environment.
  • Knowledge of prevention, medical and social delivery systems.
  • Previous experience working with people who inject drugs.
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver License, insurable driving record, and access to a reliable insured vehicle.
  • Ability to travel to meet clients in community locations.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to HIV/AIDS and people who inject drugs.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and a strong comfort level in discussing issues of sexuality, orientation, gender, sex and substance use.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency including the ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of one or more data management applications such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or RedCap.
  • Ability to complete work assignments with minimal supervision, thoroughness and efficiency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with community members, organizational leaders, medical providers and others.
  • Dependability and punctuality.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs
*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.

*Public Student Loan Forgiveness*

Employment at our organization may qualify you for federal student loan forgiveness programs. We do not directly pay for – nor forgive – federal student loans; however our status as a not-for-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3), makes us an eligible employer. There may be other determining factors for one to qualify.

Please follow this URL to review one such program and their requirements:
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

 

Organization: ViventHealth

Job Location: Wausau/Schofield, WI

Read the full article at: https://hr.viventhealth.org/careers/Careers.aspx?req=2022-PRV-067&type=JOBDESCR