Title: Enhanced Surveillance Recruiter
$29.80 – $33.17 / Posted Thru: 7/21/22
Work Location: Remote/Hybrid – Detroit, MI Office
PURPOSE: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) HIV and STD Program (DHSP) conducts routine surveillance for HIV infection within the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding a MDHHS Enhanced HIV Surveillance project that aims to identify and recruit persons who received a diagnosis at stage 0 or 3 in the past year, to improve understanding of the individual and system barriers that contributed to prevention and testing failures and to enhance efforts to improve outcomes in these key groups. Strategies and activities include identifying, contacting, and recruiting people who received an early or late HIV diagnosis in the past year to participate in behavioral interviews to be conducted by a CDC contractor. The interview questions aim to improve understanding of barriers and gaps associated with new infection and late diagnosis in the era of multiple testing modalities and prevention options such as PrEP. The Enhanced Surveillance Recruiter’s primary duties are to locate & recruit selected individuals using guidelines provided by the CDC. The recruiter is required to enter data and maintain record of all attempts and/or contacts with participants using a comprehensive database.
This position is supported by a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is renewed yearly as funds are available and projects are continued.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Follow the established protocols for contacting and recruiting potential participants.
Conduct investigative searches to obtain pertinent contact information for sampled individuals.
Contact facilities to determine care status and/or obtain contact information for selected individuals.
Use all methods approved by the CDC to contact individuals throughout the recruitment process.
Maintain the confidentiality of all individuals and protect all data collected as described in the confidentiality policy of the department.
Communicate with CDC-contracted interviewer to discuss potential interviewees, interview dispositions, and follow-up of no-shows and referrals.
Recruit interviewees for participation in the enhanced surveillance project.
Follow established protocols to link individuals identified as not receiving HIV care to partnering facility for re-engagement. Follow-up to determine if re-engagement in care occurs.
Provide tokens of appreciation to participants upon completion of the interview and provide the necessary referrals for ancillary services.
Keep records of all activities related to person, such as dates of contact attempts via US mail, email, phone, text, and home visits, care status, referral status, and interview status throughout the recruitment process.
Always represent the best interests of MDHHS and MPHI.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree Public Health, Nursing, Social Work, Nursing, or health and human service-related field is required.
Experience: 1-3 years’ experience in HIV field or working with high-risk populations.
Important Skills and Characteristics:
Knowledge of HIV-related medical terminology.
Basic computer skills, including e-mail, word processing, and a spreadsheet or a database.
Excellent people skills: quickly establish rapport, listen well, and respond to questions and concerns.
High level of initiative and accountability.
Self-motivated and able to handle multiple tasks at one time with minimal supervision.
Flexibility and adaptability in communicating with diverse populations.
Good organizational skills and understanding of time management.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Behaves in an ethical and professional manner.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position will work remotely. Occasional travel to the office located at Cadillac Place/Detroit may be required. Selected candidates who have been approved to work remotely or work hybrid must complete that work within Michigan. Candidates should confirm work location and schedule at the time of interview.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No assigned responsibility.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS: Performs as a critical member of a team of professionals working to prevent and control HIV and ensuring access to and retention within care for persons in Michigan infected with HIV.
1. Jamilah Drakeford
2. CDC Interviewer
3. Mary-Grace Brandt
4. Sarah Karram
“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Non-Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
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