Patient Navigator-Syringe Services Program 8/25/2020
University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers
Los Angeles, CA
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY Responsibilities
Venice Family Clinic is a community health center whose mission is To provide quality primary health care to people in need. Venice Family Clinic cares for over 28,000 low-income patients in over 120,000 visits annually who might otherwise go without critically needed health care services. Venice Family Clinic has eleven clinical sites with over 350 staff, 1,700 volunteers, and a budget of $50 million. We provide high quality, comprehensive primary and specialty health care, dental, mental health, substance use treatment and child development services to underserved individuals and families on the Westside of Los Angeles.
Under the Direct Supervision of the Prevention Supervisor, our Syringe Services Program (SSP) Patient Navigator will play a critical role in providing linkage to care for clients who utilize our Syringe Services Program. The primary role of the SSP patient navigator will be to successfully link SSP clients to community-based programs that address the medical and psychosocial needs of people who inject drugs (PWID), especially to treatment for substance use disorder and care and treatment for infections related to injection drug use (IDU), including viral hepatitis, HIV, and bacterial infections including endocarditis.
In this role, you will assist SSP clients who may need a series of linkages in order to successfully access their desired program. Potential assistance may include help applying for identification, Medicaid/ health insurance or unemployment. You will link SSP clients to programs that are non-judgmental, able to service active PWID, and otherwise culturally competent to meet the needs of this community. You will also ensure newly diagnosed HIV+ and/or Hep C+ clients are referred and linked to medical services. Qualifications
* Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, including Antibody testing, community resources, Hepatitis C and STD knowledge, harm reduction and syringe exchange
* Skill in database management and data entry
* Ability to complete required program documentation
* Public speaking and leadership ability
* Skill in providing individualized HIV health education, HIV testing and Counseling, Hepatitis C education, Hepatitis C testing and counseling, overdose prevention, medical and substance abuse referral, and abscess education
* Ability to discuss sensitive matters in a non-judgmental manner and to respect confidentiality
* Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds
* Skill in creating flyers and other program-promoting documents
* Bilingual in conversational Spanish - Preferred.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.