Perinatal Enhanced Case Manager

University of Chicago
Medical District, Illinois
Nov 19, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Position Type
Manager / Leader
Full Time
Work Setting

BSD MED - Section Administrator: Infectious Diseases - PACPI

About the Department

The Mother and Child Alliance (MACA) formerly known as the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) and the department of Medicine HIV/AIDS Team in the section of Medicine Infectious Diseases works under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Director to provide patient care, case management, prevention, and outreach programs. Enhanced Case Managers are funded by the Mother and Child Alliance (MACA), a not-for-profit organization working to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child. MACA brings together public and private institutions and community-based organizations into a coordinated continuum of care to eliminate pediatric AIDS in Illinois.

Job Summary

The Mother and Child Alliance (MACA) and Perinatal Enhanced Case Manager (PECM) provides client-centered counseling for adolescents, women, and children. This PECM must have a good understanding and background in maternal child health, substance abuse care and treatment, HIV care systems, homelessness, public aid systems and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). In addition, the PECM is expected to possess or develop an understanding of HIV transmission, prevention, and treatment.

PECMs are each assigned to a geographic area in Chicago that is defined by the MACA program. Geography for this position is North: Congress Parkway, East: Lake MI to into Indiana, South: Cook Co border east from 57 into Indiana, West: 57 north to 94 splits, then 94. The PECM must attend AFC case management trainings, PACPI meetings and Case Management team meetings. Please note that this position requires a vehicle for 80% local travel, which will be reimbursed based on documented mileage. This position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract.


* Identify HIV+ pregnant women in the Chicago area and links them to prenatal care; helps to remove barriers to treatment and care for their high-risk children and families.
* Provide client-centered counseling for adolescents, women, and children.
* Conduct initial assessments of basic needs, psychosocial needs, medical needs, and identifies linkages and referrals needed.
* Maintain daily contact with participants and their children to support adherence to care, performs home visits to pregnant women to ensure home safety and appropriateness for young children
* Provide one-on-one care, referrals to substance abuse treatment, addresses health insurance coverage needs, assists with and/or arranges transportation, food and housing, daycare, paperwork, and documentation as necessary.
* Assist mothers in preventing their children from becoming a part of the DCFS system and works directly with DCFS to prevent at-risk youth from entering the system by developing relationships with community providers as well as program participants.
* Provide intensive services to women and their families in low income and high-risk communities in Chicago and must be available 24/7 for all PACPI clients via phone. Must carry a 24/7 Perinatal Hotline pager 2-3 times per year.
* Responsible for documentation of all levels of patient and family contacts for both PACPI and AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC).
* Works as a member of a healthcare team, providing counseling, screening services, and community outreach programs to families with birth defects or genetic disorders. Reviews family histories, identifies families at risk, serves as a patient advocate and educational resource.
* Promotes individual and community health by maintaining working relationships with those in public health care and acting as a resource for individuals with health needs.
* Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Registered Dietitian (RD) Certification - State of Illinois

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Preferred Qualifications


* Master's degree in social work or human service field.


* Experience working as a case manager.

Preferred Competencies

* Sensitivity to and understanding of issues concerning HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, poverty, and chronic illness.
* Detail-oriented with the ability to act as a liaison between clients and service providers.
* Functional knowledge of computers in order to enter client data into web-based reporting system
* Attention to detail and ability to prioritize independently.
* Ability to maintain confidentiality, problem-solve, reason and communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.
* Strong ability to handle high pressure situations.
* Must have a good understanding and background in maternal child health, substance abuse care and treatment, perinatal HIV care systems, homelessness and public aid systems, and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
* Possesses an understanding of perinatal HIV transmission, prevention and treatment.
* Comfortable with frequent communication via phone and e-mail.
* High level of proficiency with time management.

Application Documents

* Resume (required)
* Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Healthcare & Medical Services

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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