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CHW for Smoking Cessation for People with Serious Mental Illness

Massachusetts General Hospital

Community health workers (CHWs) are being sought to work in the Greater Boston area on a large scale, grant-funded project designed to test effectiveness of interventions to improve access to and provision of standard of care smoking cessation treatments for adults with serious mental illnesses, primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The project is being conducted at Vinfen, Bay Cove Human Services, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Successful applicants will work individually with 20-35 patients and as part of a team. Responsibilities will include meeting with patients individually to form a therapeutic relationship, assisting patients to schedule and attend primary care physician (PCP) visits, acting as a liaison between the patient and the PCP with regard to communicating smoking cessation/reduction goals, and co-leading smoking cessation groups. CHWs will be responsible for effectively maintaining their client load and all related documentation. Applicants need strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and sensitivity toward and understanding of challenges faced by individuals with severe mental illnesses. Completion of CHEC CHW training and experience with working with individuals with serious mental illness is an asset, although training will be provided for stand out applicants.

Please send resume and cover letter to Melissa Maravic ([email protected])

To apply for this job email your details to mmaravic@mgh.harvard.edu