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STI/HIV & SUD Navigator


STI/HIV & SUD Navigator - Bilingual


The bilingual STI/HIV and SUD Navigator will provide education, testing, and treatment options to Latinx individuals within the greater Hamblen County area as pertains to HIV, STIs, viral hepatitis, and SUD. The Navigator will build relationships with community stake holders in order to facilitate linkage of Latinx individuals to care. Furthermore, by building these partnerships, the Navigator will be able to assist in patient retention by being regularly present in areas familiar to patients: community events, migrant farms, churches, etc. At these events, the Navigator will provide point-of-care HIV, HCV, and/or STI testing (no prior training required); schedule patients as indicated; and provide culturally-sensitive information on infectious disease and substance use from a harm reduction perspective. The Navigator will coordinate with other CHS PrEP Navigators for patient care and advocate, specifically for Latinx patients, at both internal and statewide meetings. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  1. Provide HIV/STI, HCV, and SUD education and testing opportunities to Latinx individuals.
  2. Facilitate linkage to care for patients seeking CHS services. 
  3. Facilitate retention in care for patients establishing at CHS. 
  4. Complete required grant reporting on testing and outreach efforts. 
  5. Attend and coordinate community events relevant to the Latinx population. 
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Lived Experience: As part of the TDH End the Syndemic plan, we encourage applicants to share their lived experience as a member of one of the following communities: people in recovery for substance use, people living with HIV, people who have been previously incarcerated, gay and bisexual men, transgender and non-binary people, and minority women. These groups have been identified by TDH as being disproportionately impacted by stigma, HIV/AIDS, HCV, STIs, and substance use in Tennessee. 

Education/Experience: Experience working with and/or advocating for target populations listed above required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

Considerations: While knowledge of HIV, STIs, HCV, and SUD is preferred, training and education materials will be provided on the range of CHS services as pertains to infectious disease and substance use treatment. In regard to point-of-care testing, individuals will be trained on administering these tests and need not have prior experience or medical training. 

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software, Electronic Medical Records software, and Spreadsheet design software. Prior data tracking and reporting experience preferred, especially REDCap. 

Communication Skills: Demonstrate a high level of fluency in Spanish and English, both written and spoken.

Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and listening) and formal presentation skills to include public speaking for a variety of audiences. 

 Other Skills: Ability to effectively communicate with staff, physicians, and patients. Strong organizational skills required. 

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Cherokee Health Systems provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetics.

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