NEEDLE EXCHANGE SPECIALIST Job 2820 (Needle Exchange Program (NEP))
Lexington, KY, United States of America


Helping You Be Well...

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014. Vision: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is a recognized leader in health promotion, health protection, personal health care and prevention of disease. Mission: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will improve the health of the community. In 2014 LFCHD became nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, continued quality improvement, vaccinated 216 children, provided nutritious foods, education and referrals, provided safe and sanitary establishments when dining out, enforced the Clean Indoor Act, protected 462 Lexington pets against rabies and protected 1,921 Lexingtonians against the flu. Additionally, LFCHD responded to more than 800 reports of disease and illnesses in Fayette County, provided 2,951 TB clinical service visits, provided 5,596 HANDS home visits to first-time moms and dads, promoted the evidenced-based diabetes prevention program, provided training to about 600 licensed child care providers, improved the nutrition of adults and children, helped individuals quit using tobacco, eliminated health inequities, remained attentive to the health of more than 40,000 public school students, and was awarded with a Bluegrass Wellness at Work Healthiest Places to Work Award. LFCHD is committed to providing essential Public Health services and we employ a diversified staff of approximately 160 employees.

Job Skills / Requirements

This is a part-time, <23.0 hours per week position; $12.40 per hour.

• This position will primarily support the needle exchange program (NEP) and the registered nurses providing naloxone during on-site and community based classes. This will include working directly with clients, patient education, community outreach, community naloxone classes, and program support/administrative duties.
• The intent of the NEP is to reduce the spread of blood borne pathogen by providing clean needles to people who inject drugs in exchange for their used needles. The NEP will operate on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Rice C. Leach Community Room. The Needle Exchange Specialist must be available during NEP operating hours.
• Performs as a needle exchanger in a fast paced needle exchange program, including obtaining information from clients to complete registration, observing clients returning used needles, distributing clean needles.
• Educates clients on the needle exchange, including the rights and responsibilities for each new client, services available to clients, and other information as appropriate.
• Completes routine set up in advance of needle exchange program start time. Ensures rooms are adequately stocked, signs are posted in parking lot, ensures door is unlocked at start time and waiting area is set up for clients to enter.
• Conducts weekly inventory for needle exchange program supplies and submits orders as needed.
• Prints needed materials and updates resource guide as needed.
• Attends monthly needle exchange program staff meetings.
• Assists with end of day tasks.
• Supports naloxone classes, both on site and in the community.
• Enters data into tracking spreadsheet (assisting Epi team with NEP data entry or entering information after naloxone classes).

High school graduate or GED plus one (1) year of related experience. Applicable related experience includes consecutive experience in one or more of the following: customer service in a business or retail environment; public health experience; experience working with the public in a non-profit or social services agency, including work as a volunteer. Background check.

Education Requirements (Any)

High School Diploma/GED

Additional Information / Benefits

An additional cover letter may be emailed to; but not required; this position is not benefits eligible.

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check

This is a Part-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1