Senior Public health Investigator – Service Linkage Worker (SLW)

US Government, Houston Health Department

Applications Accepted From:  All Persons Interested

Division: Public Health Services
Section: Bureau of HIV/STI & Viral Hepatitis Prevention
Location: 8000 N. Stadium
Workdays & Hours: Monday – Friday 8AM-5PM*
*Subject to change

The Houston Health Department (HHD) seeks a  Senior Public Health Investigator in the Public Health Branch. This position requires applied expertise in client centered interviews, field investigation and other field-based activities. Which includes community outreach, collaboration with private/public medical providers, navigation of healthcare systems to ensure patient evaluation and treatment. 

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: 
1. Able to work in a fast-paced work environment.
2. Will serve as a Service Linkage Worker to ensure appropriate linkage of persons newly diagnosed with HIV into primary medical care services.
3. Maintains an active caseload of approximately 30 clients with a minimum of nine (9) new clients per month. Ensures that clients are transferred into a Medical or Clinical Case Management program within 90 days of initiation of services.
4. Observes all confidentiality and safety regulations. Conducts confidential interviews, in both clinical and field settings, of clients diagnosed with or suspected of having a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV and Syphilis).
5. Performs venipuncture or skin tests on an as needed basis. Conducts confidential counseling for persons who are at high risk of infection and/or transmission of HIV.
6. Ensures all Ryan White eligibility documentation is obtained and secured in a confidential medical record.
7. Completes case management notes in a timely manner and ensures all appropriate encounter data is entered into the Centralized Patient Care Data Management System (CPCDMS).
8. Assigned as liaison to community-based agencies to provide technical assistance and support for STD/HIV infection activities as needed. 

The position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e. essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.

PHYSICAL SKILL: Requires the ability to make coordinated gross motor movements in response to changing external stimuli within moderately demanding tolerances; or the ability to make coordinating eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within low tolerance demands with no real speed requirements. Field activity is required. Being able to get in and out of your vehicle many times a day is necessary. Able to work in varies temperatures while in the field.

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