The HEP-C Peer Navigator’s role is to assist patients in navigating the medical system to complete a medical evaluation and initiate HIV-ART therapy. The Navigator reinforces adherence and retention in care, accompanying clients for food shopping, health/nutritional education and provides support to the patients throughout the FNS process. The Navigator attends and schedules clinic visits with the patients and assists the clinical providers with managing the patients and clinic sessions. The Navigator is responsible for assisting with meeting data entry and reporting requirements for grant funding agencies. This position includes no managerial or supervisory responsibilities. The salary range is $45-50K
KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Schedules patient appointments for FNS, conducts FNS screening, provides reminders, and accompanies clients for food shopping and other off-site appointments
- Clarifies information and answer questions regarding disease pathology, treatment eligibility and evaluation, HIV/AIDS treatment and medications, nutrition and managing co-morbidities
- Provides socio-emotional support to patients and help them to establish valuable social connections with others.
- Assists patients on HIV/AIDS treatment by providing support and assistance in managing side effects or other problems
- Attends and assist in coordinating support groups, including HIV health education and nutritional support groups.
- Ensures adherence to counseling and health/nutritional education.
- Accompanies patient to local supermarkets for food shopping and supportive services appointments including but not limited to: Social Security, Welfare Office, Legal, Apartment Viewing, and HASA.
- Updates program director, senior case manager and registered dietician on all new developments concerning patients
- Translates for Spanish speaking patients
- Orders medication, tracks prescriptions and refills.
- Maintains engagement standards in care in order to promote medication adherence.
- Other duties as assigned.
- High School Diploma
- One (1) year experience navigating systems for individuals with chronic illnesses (including HIV)
- Experience working with homeless population
- Bilingual – Spanish speaking a plus.