Planned Parenthood of Greater New York HIV Peer Educator in Nassau County, New York
At Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), our greatest strengths are the employees who empower every individual with the information, resources, and care they need to live happy, healthy lives.
We are a team of trusted health care providers, educators, and fierce advocates committed to advancing equity and improving health outcomes in communities that face systemic barriers to quality, innovative sexual and reproductive health services -- including birth control, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing and prevention, transgender hormone therapy, wellness exams, crisis counseling, and financial counseling. PPGNY also proudly provides compassionate, nonjudgmental abortion services.
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As a Peer Educator you will conduct field-based outreach, client engagement activities, provide testimonials during prevention education programs, and provide service referrals and linkages with individuals eligible for Project Street Beat services. This includes those who are living with or at risk for HIV/STIs, active substance users, homeless or unstably housed, and/or exchange sex for food, drugs, or shelter
Other responsibilities inlude:
Works within a team to engage potential consumers, including targeted street outreach, "word of mouth,” and social networking within underserved communities in Nassau County
Performs outreach activities in communities where potential PSB consumers congregate including methadone clinics, shooting galleries, strolls, community parks, street corners, and local business and service providers. Establishes trusting relationships and provides information on and referrals to PSB services
Provides rapid HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C testing in PPNC HIV prevention grant targeted communities. Obtains specimens for gonorrhea and chlamydia testing.
Facilitates linkages to internal and external services including HIV prevention/PrEP/PEP counselling, HIV primary care, HIV case management, Health Home care management, and harm reduction services such as ESAP and overdose prevention services; as well as PPGNY health centers and external social service agencies.
Enters data into the AIDS Institute Reporting System (AIRS) and all appropriate information into PPNC’s EMR.
Maintains a supply of outreach materials on the Plan Van and communicating with team to ensure that materials are available;
Completes and submits service documentation on a weekly basis, and maintains files compliant with PSB standards as outlined in the PSB Policy and Procedure Manual;
Accepts individual responsibility for program spending
Peer educator status must be either HIV+ or affected by a close family member.
Must be 6-12 months clean and in recovery.
Able to work flexible hours and must have a car or the ability to travel to programs.
Ability to positively engage with the community and work in non-traditional settings; and have connections with community based organizations in Nassau County.
Good verbal communication skills and comfortable with public speaking.
Must demonstrate competency regarding cross cultural differences and issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity
What makes you stand out:
Preferred experience working with issues such as homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health issues
Fluent in Spanish and/or other languages preferred
PPGNY's benefits package includes:
Generous PTO and holiday schedule
Medical, dental and vision coverage options for you and eligible dependents
FSA, HSA, Commuter pre-tax reimbursement funds
Short and Long Term Disability, Free Basic Life and AD&D
401(k) Retirement Plan with Safe Harbor contributions after 1 year of employment
All positions at PPGNY require:
Proof of immunization or immunity to certain communicable diseases (including influenza during the flu season) and testing for tuberculosis. These certifications are required by the NYC DOHMH Health Code, NYSDOH and OSHA.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider, educator, and advocate of sexual and reproductive health care in New York State. PPGNY is proud to provide a wide-range of family planning services at our 28 health centers and mobile care units. We care for everyone regardless of their immigration status, zip code or ability to pay. PPGNY’s education and outreach programs are backed by medically-accurate, evidence-based information that allows people to make informed decisions about their health and future. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers have access to the full range of reproductive health care and education.
At PPGNY, we provide the absolute best care to our patients and our communities through innovative health care delivery and education programming. We care for everyone who walks through our doors regardless of insurance, ability to pay or immigration status. As a leading voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY fiercely advocates for policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
PPGNY is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe we are most impactful when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.