Job Description

Linkage Navigator Job 3050 (Infectious Disease)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


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: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation. Mission: Helping Lexington be well. Values: We commit to being... Caring: We will treat our clients, community and coworkers with compassion and kindness. Accountable: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness. Respectful: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness. Equitable: We will provide services and care equitably to all of our clients throughout the community. Service: We are here to serve our clients and community. LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit to learn more about LFCHD!

Job Skills / Requirements

Linkage Navigator - Full Benefits Package

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week; Grade 7, $24.80 per hour with a full comprehensive benefits package.  

Internal and external deadline is January 17, 2023.  

The primary goal of the Linkage Navigator is to link Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and/or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) positive individuals who have not received care in the previous six months back into medical care.  In addition, the incumbent will guide these individuals through the re-entry to medical care process. The incumbent will help identify out-of-care HIV positive individuals in the Care Coordinator Program and be responsible for reinitiating contact with them and linking them to eligible services.  The incumbent will assist in getting newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals into treatment, when necessary.  The Linkage Navigator will assess the psychosocial needs of each client and link the client to other appropriate health care and social services, as well to the client’s HIV provider and care coordinator.  This position will act as a liaison to HIV primary care, medical and other core and support services. In addition, the incumbent will provide disease investigation, partner services and linkage to care for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV and/or syphilis. 

This position requires daily travel to and from job assignments. 

Bachelor's degree (BSW or other closely related health or social work field) or equivalent from an accredited college or university with one (1) year of case management experience or (1) year of experience in HIV field with patient contact; OR an Associate's degree plus four (4) years of case management experience or four (4) years of experience in HIV field with patient contact; OR HS/GED plus seven (7) years of case management experience or seven (7) years of experience in HIV field with patient contact. An advanced degree in Social Work (Certified MSW) or Mental Health Counseling may substitute for the 1 year of related experience. 

Relevant experience includes professional work in social work, patient/client interviewing, community health, professional counseling, mental health services or health education. 

Training in blood borne pathogens, phlebotomy, HIV pre-test and post-test counseling (within 6 months of appointment), and the Passport to Partner Services Course Required within one year of appointment. 



Education Requirements (Any)

LINK: High School Diploma, or GED, or Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in Social Work or Bachelors Degree in Health field.

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals). Employee benefits summary: Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account. Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month. Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive. Additional benefits include basic life insurance and long term disability; cafeteria plans; wellness program, employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and tuition reimbursement program. Retirement Benefits include the Kentucky Employees' Retirement System and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

This job reports to the Manager Infectious Disease and Preparedness

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Travel is required consistently

Number of Openings for this position: 1