The incumbent in this position will be part of senior leadership of the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) HIV/STD Prevention Program. The HIV/STD Prevention Program at BCHD is responsible for activities surrounding HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) outreach, partner services, linkage to care, prevention, and surveillance in Baltimore City. Program leadership works closely with partners at Maryland Department of Health, community members, community based organizations, clinical partners, and national organizations on HIV and STD prevention.
The incumbent will be a member of a highly integrated team of senior managers that report to the Assistant Commissioner for Clinical services (AC). This person will manage the partner services, outreach, and linkage to care components of the Bureau of Clinical Services and HIV/STD Prevention. Brief descriptions of each program are below.The incumbent will be expected to work in very close collaboration with the other senior managers, including surveillance and epidemiology, HIV/STD Prevention Services, Social Innovation and Community Engagement, and Clinical Services, to integrate and maximize the public health benefit of all HIV/STD activities affecting the residents of Baltimore City.
The partner services, or DIS (Disease Investigation Specialist) program is responsible for conducting interviews for all cases of newly diagnosed HIV and Syphilis in Baltimore City. DIS specialists gather information on potential sexual and injection drug use partners who may be at risk for HIV and/or syphilis, and notify those at risk for the need for testing and potential treatment. They also provide linkage to care services for those in need of treatment, and conduct gonorrhea treatment verification for some populations. The team consists of 2-3 supervisors and 10-12 DIS staff. Staff are housed at the two BCHD clinics.
The outreach team conducts community outreach and HIV/syphilis/STD testing in community settings. The team operates two mobile units that provide testing across the city and at community events. Staff also participate in health fairs and other events where a health department presence is requested. The team is also available to serve during outbreaks. BCHD is currently expanding this program to include rapid HIV and syphilis testing. The team consists of 2 supervisors and 10 staff, some of whom work outside of traditional working hours (including nights and weekends).
The linkage to care team is responsible for linking those with HIV or Hepatitis C who are newly or previously diagnosed or who have fallen out of care to providers across the city. The team has developed strong relationships with HIV and Hepatitis C providers across the city, and links over 300 HIV and Hepatitis C patients to care annually. The team consists of 2 supervisors and 10-12 linkage staff.
- Provide supervision to and coordination among the directors of the HIV/STD field services programs (partner services, outreach, and linkage to care teams) to ensure the programs are run efficiently, communicate effectively with one another, address BCHD priorities, and are reaching BCHD goals around HIV/STD prevention
- Coordinate with other programs within the HIV/STD prevention program, including surveillance, PrEP, Hepatitis C, HIV testing, and clinical services to ensure maximum efficiency and communication between programs
- Coordinate with other programs at the health department, such as maternal and child health, school health, syringe exchange, and others on issues related to HIV and STD prevention
- Coordinate with external partners, including the Maryland Department of Health, community partners, providers, the public, and other stakeholders to ensure BCHD is reaching prevention goals, and develop new partnerships and initiatives
- Meet regularly with program supervisors in partner services, active surveillance, and linkage to care to discuss daily activities in the programs, program needs, and program development
- Oversee and facilitate activities for the HIV outreach and prevention, partner services, and linkage to care and STD surveillance and control programs, including budget preparation, grant deliverables, procurement and HR.
- Develop and assess performance metrics for programs under their supervision
- Meet regularly with HIV/STD prevention leadership, including epidemiology supervisor, fiscal staff, lab leadership, clinic leadership, the Assistant Commissioner, and others, for program management, planning, and problem solving.
- Brainstorm with supervisory staff on ways to overcome barriers to the achievement of program performance goals. The incumbent should develop an understanding of the entire STD/HIV prevention system and work with peers to solve surveillance, laboratory, clinic, or other issues that negatively impact partner services staff’s ability to meet and exceed performance objectives.
- Inform the AC of resource needs and works with the AC to obtain the resources needed to optimize program outcomes.
- Assist with the hiring of new staff. Completes semi-annual evaluation of program supervisors and provides input into the evaluation of any federal or contracted supervisors.
- Take the lead in development of protocols for new program initiatives
- Take the lead in the completion of annual reports and grant applications that affect any of the programs they supervise, and assist other senior managers on the completion of grant applications that cross their assigned programs.
- Develop and manage the budget for their programs in collaboration with the AC and the AC’s designated fiscal managers.
- Attend meetings with the AC and represent the AC at meetings as needed.
- Collaborate with the AC to develop, monitor and implement a strategic plan for the Bureau.
- Assists with the assessment of the sufficiency of human resources, helps to identify and address staff training needs, and acts as a resource for determining rationales for promotions as well taking an active role in disciplinary actions as needed and warranted. The incumbent works with the AC and other senior managers to develop career paths for staff within the bureau.
- Other duties as determined by the Assistant Commissioner