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Behavioral Intervention Specialist – Field Health Advocate
Job Code:2019-CASE MGMT-008
Location:Dallas, TX
Employment Type:Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Job Responsibilities:

General Description

The Behavioral Intervention Specialist – Field Health Advocate will fulfill the responsibilities related to locating individuals living with HIV who are not in care and, working with internal and external partners to, link them to care as defined by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and agency protocols and guidelines.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Independently tracks, monitors and investigates disease clusters.
  • Works closely with DSHS HIV Surveillance staff to locate individuals that have been identified as living with HIV and out of care by conducting necessary investigations.
  • Uses additional databases to conduct searches of relevant records.
  • Conducts field visits to identify, locate, and notify patients’ partners of possible HIV transmission.
  • Conducts fact-finding interviews.
  • Conducts HIV and Syphilis testing on individuals who have been identified as being part of an HIV cluster and who have previously tested negative or not been tested at all.
  • Works with linkage to care staff and others to link individuals living with HIV in medical care.
  • Provides risk/harm reduction counseling and education to patients in accordance with agency/program protocols.
  • Refers those who are HIV negative and assessed as high risk for acquiring HIV to PrEP services.
  • Facilitates necessary steps for clients prescribed PrEP to obtain medications and to adhere to treatment processes and provides Personalized Cognitive Counseling to all patients enrolled in PrEP when necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with treatment and other care providers.
  • Completes accurate documentation for each patient as defined by agency and program protocols.
  • Compiles and verifies accuracy of patient data. Enters data into assigned databases. Compares data entered with patient files and/or other source documents.
  • Ensures that all patient demographic information, session notes, testing results, applicable consents, and referrals are entered into the requisite databases in a timely and uniform manner.
  • Ensures that confidential surveillance information and patient data is managed according to DSHS and agency guidelines.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or program director.

Job Qualifications:

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of complex molecular laboratory analysis of HIV tests.
  • Ability to interpret and explain HIV test results to patients.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, set objectives, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to network.
  • Knowledge of HIV risk factors and HIV behavior change strategies.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations including the LGBT community.
  • Skills and experience in patient counseling preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct outreach and encourage patients to get tested.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, late evenings, and weekend hours.
  • Ability to drive a personal vehicle up to 75 miles one way to conduct outreach and testing. Current Texas Driver’s License and active auto liability insurance required.

Education and Experience:

  • Equivalent of a Bachelors’ degree in a health related discipline, social work, or other social service.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in community outreach activities. (Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements.)
  • Specialized training required to implement intervention funded by DSHS must be completed within six months of hire.