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HIV Social Worker

Medical College of Wisconsin

Last Updated: 6/08/22

Job Description

Every day, in ways both big and small, the Medical College of Wisconsin is impacting lives for the better. MCW … changemaking for a healthier Wisconsin.

HIV Social Worker I in Wauwatosa, WI


To provide medical social work services to HIV-positive patients who are seen in the Infectious Disease Clinic at Froedtert Hospital. Medical social work services may include care coordination, benefits access, treatment adherence, basic education, prevention, and counseling. To participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team serving a specialized population of HIV patients.

Primary Functions

  • Provide medical case management of high acuity people living with HIV, who receive their medical care in the Froedtert Infectious Disease Clinic.
    • Provide social work services (non-case management needs) to individuals seen in the Froedtert HIV clinic, with a diverse range of socially and medically complex needs
    • Triage of emergent situations, phone conversations, on-call responsibilities, and the ability to negotiate healthcare and social service systems
    • Complete intake assessments and develop appropriate service plans. Utilize referrals as needed
    • Interface with clinical staff and support social service peers with immediate clinic questions
    • Provide basic HIV education including disease progression, treatment and prevention to patient’s and their support system.
    • Complete documentation requirements for all services provided and participate in clinical supervision/consultation in compliance with all county, state and federal rules.
    • Serves as a team member on multidisciplinary medical care team, communicating with team members to ensure comprehensive and quality wrap-around support.

Preferred Schedule:
Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.

Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of HIV disease progression and treatment practices, including HIV medications. Understanding of benefits available to HIV-positive patients and social service systems. Ability to provide mental health screening and appropriate referral, as well as crisis triage and management. Ability to function in an interdisciplinary team member. Sociocultural sensitivity. Ability to respond to clinical and administrative emergencies. Education and/or experience in outpatient interventions in community social service and mental health settings.

Knowledge of biology, clinical judgment, medicine, cultural awareness, and consulting.

Medical documentation, interpersonal, practice-based learning and improvement, empathy, and decision making skills.

Organizational Structure

Building: Froedtert Hospital

Department: Medicine

Division: Infectious Disease

Reports to (Title): Social Service Program Manager

Direct Reports (Titles): N/A

Collaborates with (Titles): Social Workers, Linkage to Care Specialists, Case Managers, Faculty,

Advanced Practice Providers, and Clinical Staff


Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or other Mental Health related field.

Minimum Required Experience: Experience with coordination and care navigation health care systems.

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s in Social Work, Counseling or other Mental Health related field.

Preferred Experience: One to three years’ social work experience is required. Experience working with people living with HIV and/or experience in an outpatient clinic setting strongly preferred.

Field: N/A

Certification: Certified social worker (State of Wisconsin); Licensed HIV medical social worker (State of Wisconsin), required. Certification in Motivational Interviewing required; Certification in Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral (SBIRT), required within one year of hire.

Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Medical College of Wisconsin defines diversity as a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of individual differences in an environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement. The diversity of MCW continues to be an important source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments.

Company Details

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States