This position will be embedded in services in the Green River Health District and the surrounding counties and will serve as a EIS Health Education Coordinator. This position will provide targeted HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling to persons presenting for services at the harm reduction programs to help the unaware learn of their status. This position will refer persons found to be positive for HIV or Hepatitis C to medical care and treatment services at key points of entry for Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services, Medical Case Management, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. This position will provide interventions and educational information to persons at high-risk for contracting or transmitting HIV on how to reduce the risk of HIV transmission and will work with individuals to assess individual risk needs and connecting them to appropriate resources as needed. This position will provide information about medical and psychosocial support services and counseling to improve the participants health status. Educational topics covered to include: risk reduction strategies to reduce transmission including comprehensive HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI prevention counseling, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for clients’ partners and treatment as prevention and harm reduction. This position will provide tools to clients to improve their health literacy, increase retention in medical care, and improve treatment adherence to achieve better health outcomes. This position is distribute patient education materials (pamphlets and books) as well as risk reduction supplies (sharps containers and condoms) to persons at high risk for contracting or transmitting HIV. The EIS Health Education Coordinator Specialists will represent the Target4 Project program within the local health department and assist in collaborations and strategic planning.
This position is part of Target4 Project and will be funded by the the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) income Reinvestment Program (KIRP). This position is part of the KIRP program which has been funded since September 2018 and is currently funded by biennium, with current funding approved through June 30, 2024. This position will require travel in a defined service area within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, specifically within the Green River Health District and the surrounding counties.
The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Windows, including the Office applications Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.