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Prevention Advocate - Syringe Services Program at University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers in Los Angeles, California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time





Job Description:

Responsibilities

Venice Family Clinic is a nonprofit community health centerrncelebrating 50 years of delivering quality primary care to people in need. Wernprovide vital and comprehensive health care services to nearly 28,000 peoplerneach year, regardless of their income, insurance or immigration status. Ourrnhistory is rooted in Venice, but our footprint, impact, and ambitions are morernexpansive than ever. Visit venicefamilyclinic.org to learn more about us.

The Prevention Advocate for Venice Family Clinic-CommonrnGround s Syringe Services Program plays a vital role in helping reduce therntransmission of HIV and Hepatitis C in our community. Our program follows thernHarm Reduction model which calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provisionrnof services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in whichrnthey live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm.

In this role, you will participate in syringe exchange on site and out in therncommunity, which includes providing sterile syringes and properly disposing ofrnused ones. You will conduct HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling andrnwill educate clients on safer injection practices, overdose prevention and waysrnto reduce harm to themselves and those around them. You will also ensure newly diagnosed HIV+ and/or Hep C+ clients are referred and linkedrnto medical services.

As our Prevention Advocate SSP, you will spend a portion of theirrntime on outreach providing our Syringe Services Program to people experiencingrnhomelessness. This will include creating and maintaining relationships withrnvarious gate keepers within surrounding communities to provide informationrnregarding our services. You will seek clients and provide referrals tornservices offered by Venice Family Clinic- Common Ground program. You will also support and develop culturally appropriate education and outreach materials andrnwill build and maintain a contact network of agencies and local communityrnmembers to expand the Syringe Services Program. Qualifications

* Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, including Antibody testing, community resources, Hepatitis C and STD knowledge, harm reduction, syringe exchange

* Skill in database management and datarn entry

* Ability to complete required programrn documentation

* Public speaking and leadership ability

* Skill in providing individualized HIVrn health education, HIV testing and Counseling,rn Hepatitis C education, Hepatitis C testing and counseling, overdosern prevention, medical and substance abuse referral, and abscess education

* Ability to discuss sensitive matters in arn non-judgmental manner and to respectrn confidentiality

* Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural andrn educational backgrounds

* Skill in creating flyers and otherrn program-promoting documents

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.