mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT
and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV.
We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000
people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout
Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care;
PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD
screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support;
benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life
Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services.
Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that
positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building
assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct
community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more
information, please visit us at URL blocked - click to apply.
APLA Health is currently seeking a Bilingual
Medical Assistant-HIV/STD Counselor to join our Baldwin Hills location! We
offer great benefits, competitive pay, and great working environment!
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance (no cost for employee)
- Vision Insurance (no cost for employee)
- Long Term Disability
- Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- 10 Paid Holidays
- 3 Personal Days
- 10 Vacation Days
- 12 Sick Days
- Metro reimbursement or free parking
- Employer Matched 403b Retirement Plan
No weekend work! Work business hours Monday – Friday
This is a great opportunity to make a
Medical Assistant – HIV/STD Counselor, Bilingual
The HIV-STD Counselor/Medical Assistant will provide patient care
services under the direction of a licensed health care provider inclusive of
culturally appropriate HIV/STD services to APLA Health & Wellness patients.
In collaboration with prevention program staff, the HIV/STD Counselor/Medical
Assistant will work to identify HIV positive individuals who are part of our
prevention programs and who are not yet linked to HIV medical care, including
newly diagnosed individuals, persons who know their HIV status but have never
been engaged in care, and others who know their status and have dropped out of
care to access medical care services.
The HIV-STD Counselor/Medical Assistant will perform administrative
front office and clinical back office duties in the medical clinic, including
submitting and tracking referrals, taking vital signs, preparing examining
rooms, administering medications as ordered by a licensed healthcare provider,
performing phlebotomy and other technical clinical functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
The duties listed below are intended only as
illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties
does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or has
a logical assignment to this position.
and register patients when needed; assists them with completion of necessary
forms; answers telephones and schedules appointments; retrieves medical files;
maintains medical records and files.
pre/post test client-centered HIV counseling.
HIV/STD risk assessments.
HIV/STD risk reduction and prevention coaching/counseling.
treatment rooms, ensuring that rooms are neat and clean, and stocked with the
necessary supplies and equipment for patient examination; maintains sanitary
and sterile supplies and equipment.
patients to obtain basic medical information and history; measures and records
vital signs, height, weight and body mass index (BMI); prepares medical records
for provider review.
phlebotomy to collect blood samples; collects urine and other non-invasive
specimens; logs specimens for testing; performs urine dip sticks and
finger-sticks for hemoglobin and glucose measurements.
counseling and rapid HIV testing to clients seeking those services.
monthly equipment logs, i.e. Glucometer, Hemocue, and Refrigerators.
a set of focused strategies, designed to improve the linkage (and ongoing engagement)
to HIV primary medical care of recently diagnosed HIV-infected persons;
individuals of known HIV status who have never sought medical care and
HIV-infected persons who have dropped out of care and are no longer seeking HIV
medical care and treatment.
physicians and nurses in examining and treating patients; handling instruments;
preparing and disinfecting treatment sites; applying and removing dressing and
bandages; administers medications in accordance with providers orders;
administers subcutaneous and intramuscular injections as ordered by mid-level
providers and physicians.
in the preparation of reports as requested.
HIV/STD testing records to ensure that all documentation required by funders
and agency Quality Management Plan is on file.
out patient discharge processes; clarifies and provides patients with follow-up
care instructions and referrals.
steps outlined in APLA Health & Wellness referral tracking policy to ensure
that patients gets the referrals needed and that referrals are appropriately
logged and tracked.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in a medical emergency.
DUTIES MAY BE ASSIGNED TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS.
Training and Experience:
High School diploma or GED equivalent required. Successful completion of a Medical Assistant training program in a recognized institution in accordance with standards established by the Medical Board of California. Successful completion of LA County’s Division of HIV and STD Programs’ HIV Test Counselor Certification required within first 90-days of hire. Must be Bilingual in English/Spanish.
- Basic medical terminology and patient care methods and techniques.
- Methods and procedures for performing technical clinical procedures including phlebotomy, collecting and testing urine and other non-invasive specimens, and administering injections.
- Routine laboratory procedures.
- Standards and methods for maintaining sterile and sanitary laboratory and examining room conditions.
- Methods and standard procedures for the maintenance of medical records.
- Safety policies and safe practices applicable to the work.
- HIV infection; STD infection/treatment; HIV/AIDS prevention; psychosocial issues as it relates to HIV and STD transmission/acquisition, special issues relevant to individuals who are at risk for HIV/STD and/or living with HIV; health education and behavior modification theory; human sexuality, substance abuse, behavior change principles and strategies; effective communication skills; group dynamics; data management; general computer knowledge; community resources; health and social concerns of diverse populations such as gay and non-gay identified men who have sex with men and other genders, individuals who share injection paraphernalia, heterosexuals, women at sexual risk and transgender individuals
Interview patients effectively for the purpose of acquiring medical, social and sexual histories.
Risk reduction counseling to curtail the spread of HIV and other STDs.
Communicate effectively with people of various educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Understand and follow written and oral instructions from physicians, mid-level providers and nurses and apply departmental policies, procedures and protocols applicable to work.
Identify and correct unsanitary conditions and maintain sterile environments.
Perform routine medical tests and procedures proficiently and accurately.
Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
Operate a computer and standard business software.
Maintain highly confidential personal and medical information in accordance to HIPAA regulations.
Exercise tact, objectivity, sensitivity and sound judgment in dealing with a variety of people in a variety of sensitive situations.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members, patients and others encountered in the course of work.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This is primarily an office position that requires only occasional bending, reaching, stooping, lifting and moving of office materials weighing 25 pounds or less. The position requires daily use of a personal computer and requires entering, viewing, and revising text and graphics on the computer terminal and on paper.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.
Visit our website at www.aplahealth.org to apply or click the link below:
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