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HIV Aids Community Health Educator / PrEP Navigator - Full-Time

San Diego, CA, USA Req #1181
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Borrego Health provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary health care to the people in our communities, regardless of their ability to pay. We serve these communities and adjoining regions with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services. Borrego Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed (FTCA) facility.

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The HIV/AIDS Community Health Educator/PrEP Navigator is a comprehensive program support position for the implementation of services in compliance of the HRSA Primary Care HIV Prevention Initiative. 

The HIV/AIDS Community Health Educator/PrEP Navigator will be responsible for coordinating and implementing and expanding community HIV prevention activities, conducting risk reduction HIV prevention education, performing HIV testing, and navigating to PrEP services. Will be responsible for the provision of HIV/AIDS education in efforts to increase community awareness, knowledge, and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors as it relates to HIV/AIDS. To educate and assist those negative individuals on the use and importance of lowering risk of transmission with the use of PrEP, and to assure those interested in PrEP are navigated to the necessary service. To assist with identifying any barriers to the financial needs and PrEP prescription coverage options to improve medication adherence. Along with, identifying newly diagnosed to comprehensive specialty care services within the 30-day linkage to care standards. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative Functions:

1. Provide support and facilitate the coordination of community events, health fairs, and other related health education activities to support programs, particularly tailored to the needs of the community.
2. Provides internal and external referrals as appropriate. 
3. Maintain data base of patient encounters and community testing data.
4. Coordinate activities with community-based organizations, businesses, and schools. 
5. Develop strong working relationships with businesses and organizations in our service area. Participate in external coalitions to plan new community-based initiatives. 
6. Attendance at required agency meetings, and meetings with other local providers.
7. Maintain a comprehensive directory for community resources and educational materials.
8. Develops PrEP/PEP resources available in the area and develop a resource network with PrEP/PEP providers.
9. Document and submit monthly program activity reports, and report outcomes in all required modalities. 
10. Training for Testing and Counseling certification.
11. Works outside regularly scheduled work hours as needed including evenings and weekends.
12. Understands and assists as needed with maintaining current information in the EMR. 
13. Assists patients in following up with community resources as needed.  
14. Assists patients in navigation of appointments and referrals. 
15. Attempt to reschedule ‘No Show’ appointments
16. Records shall be complete, orderly, and up to date
17. Obtain appropriate confidentiality release from patient when warranted. 
18. Obtain records of previous health treatment as requested by providers. 
19. Other duties as assigned.

Clinical Functions:

1. Conduct education sessions on risk factors, strategies to reduce HIV transmission and community resources.
2. Conduct community HIV testing provide results and/or counseling and assure linkage to care for accessing PrEP or HIV services. 
3. Competent in administering HIV testing and counseling.
4. Provides confidential assessment to determine the HIV prevention needs of the patients’ test results when negative; this includes the registration and planning of preventative services.
5. Provides access to biomedical prevention services (PrEP/PEP), ensuring access, follow-up, and adherence to PrEP/PEP, including supportive services that provide strategies for risk reduction and maintenance.
6. Performs follow-up risk assessments with patients reinforce the individual’s realistic perception of risk.
7. Collaborates with providers for linkage, and re-linkage to prevention services, STI screening, and follow up.
8. Maintains communication between service providers for successful coordination of services
9. Follow up on case findings via phone or home visits.
10. Works outside regularly scheduled work hours as needed including evenings and weekends.
11. Helps patients navigate the health care system and connect to community resources including transportation, language, housing, financial, eligibility, social and cultural services. 
12. Develops relationships with health care team members, resources providers, and patient’s families. 
13. Provides quality care to patients of Borrego Health, within the scope of practice outlined by state or federal law. 
14. Delivers care in accordance with established standard of care and accepted community standards. 
15. Understands the organizations commitment to provide high quality integrated patient care. 
16. Promotes a patient centered environment. 
17. Other Duties as Assigned 

Works under the direction and supervision of the Charge Nurse/Lead Nurse. Provides assistance to the physician, mid-level provider, head nurse and patient; provides basic nursing procedure to non-acutely ill patients; assists in maintaining supplies and a safe clean environment. Interprets and supports the mission of Borrego Health.


1. Current and Valid CPR and First Aide certification obtained through the American Heart Association. 
2. Diploma from an approved High School or GED Equivalent. 
3. Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, public health or equivalent preferred.
4. Must have HIV Testing Counselor Certification within 6 months of starting position
5. Excellent working knowledge with designated community and social and health service agencies is preferred.  
6. Experience with the LGBTQ, African American, Latino, and low-income populations. Specialized training or experience in HIV prevention techniques, PrEP/PEP, and STIs preferred
7. Experience working with youth and persons at risk for HIV infection preferred
8. Experience working with substance abuse, socially, ethnically, and economically diverse populations preferred. 
9. Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. Must demonstrate sound judgement and initiative. 
10. Capacity to conduct community activities targeting at risk populations. Experience working with diverse populations preferred.
11. Two years of Patient Navigator, Case Management, Health Education or Human Services experience preferred
12. Knowledge of community services, social service support agencies, and resources.
13. One year working with HIV/AIDS health or community health setting preferred
14. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and sexual health education and services.
15. Experience with providing patient education.
16. Knowledge of available public funded programs 

Special Condition of employment:

1. HIV Testing Counselor Certification
2. A valid driver's license and own transportation    
Additional Information

You may also mail or fax your application and resume to the following address and telephone number:

Borrego Health
PO Box 2369
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Fax: 858-634-6903
Borrego Community Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or any other protected class, political affiliation or belief.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
  • Job Start Date Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • San Diego, CA, USA