Public Health Advisor @ NYC Careers - New York, NY

Job Overview

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Public Health Advisor

NYC Careers - New York, NY

The Field Services Unit in the HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program (HEFSP) is responsible for providing HIV partner services and linkage to care to HIV-diagnosed persons in New York City (NYC), including the collection, analysis, and dissemination of service data of participating patients. In addition, HEFSP uses consensus sequence-based pairwise concordance analysis of the genotypes to detect clusters and chains of transmission, and ultimately to intervene with the detected transmission networks to provide timely partner notification and linkage to care services to genetically related as well as to named partners. NYC has a large and diverse HIV epidemic, and analyses of partner and linkage to care service data in NYC inform public health policy at the local, state, and national levels. The work of FSU staff is critical in promoting the NYC Department of Health initiatives to end the HIV epidemic (EtE) by providing assisting NYC HIV providers and HIV-diagnosed persons with partner services and linkage to care services.

Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Interview HIV-diagnosed persons to elicit HIV exposed partners, locate and notify partners, and administer field based HIV rapid testing to notified partners
  • Use HIV transmission network data to expand contact tracing, including cluster investigation
  • Assist persons newly diagnosed with HIV with linkage to care
  • Trace and locate HIV diagnosed persons who are out of care and re-link them with HIV medical providers for follow-up
  • Educate and offer resources to HIV positive persons and HIV negative persons on HIV prevention (condom use, PEP/PrEP, print and electronic materials)
  • Link HIV negative partners to PrEP providers for evaluation and counseling
  • Collect data on HIV cases to fulfill surveillance and case investigation data requirements, including medical record review, patient and provider interviews

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, including or supplemented by twelve semester credits in health education, or in health, social or biological sciences; or
2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, and six months of full-time satisfactory experience in a health promotion or disease intervention/prevention program, performing one or more of the following: interviewing, conducting field investigations, assessing health risks, making referrals, or collecting and analyzing epidemiological data; or
3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and four years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in "2" above; or
4. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1", "2" or "3" above. Undergraduate college credit can be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 semester credits from an accredited college for one year of full-time experience. However, all candidates must have a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and either twelve semester credits as described in "1" above or six months of experience as described in "2" above.
Additional Requirements
A. To be assigned to Assignment Level II, candidates must have, in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements listed above, at least one year of experience as a Public Health Adviser, Assignment Level I, or at least one additional year of experience as described in Qualification Requirement "2" above.

Preferred Skills

Patient interview, contact tracing/partner notification, medical record review, and community outreach experience;
Excellent written and oral communication;
Fluent English and either Spanish or French/Creole preferred;
NYS Driver's License highly desirable;
Must be able to work alternative hours (evening and weekends)

To Apply

Only permanent employees in the title and those that are reachable on the civil service list are eligible to apply

55-a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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