Rapid Results (CEDIS) - LGBTQ Health Services
Men’s Health Foundation (MHF) connects men at risk to comprehensive healthcare and wellness through education, collaboration, and advocacy, inspiring and empowering all men to live longer, healthier and happier lives. We see a world where inequity and stigma do not separate men from healthcare.
Under the supervision of the Rapid Results Program Manager, the Community Embedded Disease Investigation Specialist (CEDIS) will play a vital role in Men’s Health Foundation’s mission to arrest the spread of HIV/STDs in the community through their work in our express testing clinics. In these fast-paced and dynamic environments, the CEDIS will work daily with MHF’s committed staff to provide our diverse patients access to HIV/STD testing, treatment, and health education. The CEDIS will provide compassionate, informed, and patient-centered counseling to clients including safer sex education, education about test results, and referrals to care. The CEDIS will also work with patients’ partners to education them about their own risk, need to get tested, and treatment options.
The CEDIS must be able to maintain both strong professional boundaries and a compassionate, sex-positive approach to clients. At MHF our goal is to educate clients so that they can make the best choices for their own lives.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (This list may not include all the duties assigned.)
- Educate patients about safer sex practices, including PrEP, PEP, condoms, and harm reduction approaches
- Provide client-centered health education to patients who test positive for HIV or STDs about treatment options and supportive programming offered by MHF or other community organizations
- Notify partners about possible exposure to syphilis, HIV and other priority STDs or communicable diseases
- Schedule/follow up with STD treatment appointments
- Work independently conducting field investigation (site visits to patient’s homes, neighborhoods, shelters, etc.) to locate patients of test results or exposure, and refer individuals for necessary medical evaluation and treatment
- Consult with physicians and other clinicians to obtain medical information, provide appropriate diagnostic and treatment recommendations, and stimulate rapid and thorough reporting practices
- Implement enhanced surveillance activities, including administration of standardized questionnaires and medical record abstraction
- Accurately enter client information into Allscripts, Men’s Health Foundation’s Electronic Health Record, and Los Angeles County’s data tracing system.
- Collaborate directly with Los Angeles County Department of HIV/STD Programs and clinical providers to serve clients infected with syphilis, HIV, and other STDs and refer their sex partners into screening and treatment
- Other duties as assigned
- 2-4 years of public health education or related field experience preferred
- HIV counseling and testing experience or phlebotomy certification a plus
- Working knowledge and/or experience working in public health or related field, including understanding of STDs, HIV preferred
- Strong communication skills; works well in a team with a wide variety of people
- Strong computer skills and ability to input data
- Good organizational skills and ability to work independently in a fast-paced, diverse environment
- Understanding of HIPAA and the ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
- Possess critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills
- Bilingual (English/Spanish fluency) skills, preferred
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration statues, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment
- Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test as well as background check to include a 7-year criminal, 10-year SSN & employer history reference check
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Attention to detail
- Must be able to work flexible schedules
- Must have skills in research and development of operating policies and procedures