Philadelphia FIGHT is an AIDS Service Organization that recently became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). We have been providing primary care for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at very high risk since 1990. Our program has a team-centered and multi-disciplinary approach that in addition to clinical care, offers access to behavioural health and substance abuse services, a wide range of educational programs, HIV counselling and testing, and youth programs. Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services, our new dental program, provides culturally competent, non-judgmental, high quality dental care to both adult and pediatric patients, who are both HIV+ and HIV-, regardless of the ability to pay. In addition to dental care, Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services connects patients with social services, resources, and insurance benefits.
This position is eligible for National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment.
The Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner for Adults and Children provides comprehensive and appropriate hygiene treatment for both adult and pediatric patients without direct dental supervision.
• Provide routine dental hygiene services, including prophylaxis, scaling and root planning, and hygiene for children.
• Take x-rays as needed.
• Administer local anesthetic as needed.
• Provide dental and oral health education to patients and families.
• Maintain and improve professional and technical knowledge.
• Manage difficult patients, demonstrating interpersonal savvy and influence skills.
• Demonstrate high degree of knowledge and competency in the practice of dental hygiene and associated charting requirements.
• Ensure accuracy, efficiency, and appropriate confidentiality with patient charting and related recordkeeping and administrative functions as assigned.
Dental Team Responsibilities:
• Assist with in-service and on-going training of clinic staff.
• Assist the dental director in Quality Assurance/Improvement (QA/QI) responsibilities including maintaining patient database and developing proper systems to address no shows and patient loss to follow up.
• Assist in reviewing clinic productivity, scheduling procedures, and establishing guidelines for care and treatment.
• Ensure the delivery of all dental treatment and care is consistent with all regulatory, accreditation, and professional standards, including clinic policies and quality initiatives.
• Understand and ensure all practices and procedures related to the delivery of dental services are consistent with contracted protocols and procedures.
• Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
• Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
• Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
• Use sound judgment in patient communication, especially with upset patients.
• Utilize computers for data entry and information retrieval with proficiency.
• Utilize and monitor effectiveness and efficiency of all equipment and supplies used in the delivery of services.
• Communicate frequently with others in verbal and written communication format.
• Have experience/knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and standards associated with the delivery of care in a community health center environment.
• Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and emergency situations successfully
• Works in compliance with all medical policies and with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, CLIA and funding body regulations.
• Exercise good judgment in bringing any issues necessary to the Dental Director.
• Uphold and ensure compliance and attention to all FIGHT policies and procedures as well as the overall mission and values of the organization.
• Ensure all actions, job performance, personal conduct and communications represent the organization in a highly professional manner at all times.
• Exercise professional judgment in the performance of services provided consistent with Philadelphia FIGHT’s policies and the standards of the dental profession.
• Constantly strives to achieve excellence in the day-to-day operations of Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services.
● Licensed to practice dental hygiene in the state of Pennsylvania
● Licensed to deliver local anesthesia
● Completion of 3,600 hours of practice as a licensed dental hygienist as required by PHDHP license certification
● Licensed as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) or willing to obtain PHDHP license within first 90 days
● Understands the overall purpose of clinical care and importance of support staff
● Demonstrates judgment, patience, integrity, organization, and prioritization in multi-task environment
● Has attention to detail, dependability, listening and communication skills, and flexibility
● Must have cultural competency and take a trauma-informed and harm-reduction approach to health care
● Proficiency in Spanish preferred
Initial probationary period is three months.
● Occasional lifting of 40 – 50 lbs and pushing of 5-20 lbs
● Sitting, standing and walking approximately 80% of the time
● A medium to high level of manual dexterity required
● Bending and reaching approximately 20% of the time
● Normal accessibility and mobility required
● Normal overtime/extended work hours
Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure – Category 1 Job classification includes ALL employees who have occupational exposure* to blood borne pathogens* (blood or body fluids) while performing their job duties.
FIGHT is an EEO, Affirmative Action, LGBTQ, and people living with HIV/AIDS and protected veterans institution.