Bilingual (Spanish/English) Harm Reduction Community Health Worker

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Website Victory Programs

Victory Programs is a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedica

The Harm Reduction Community Health Worker utilizes a person-driven, harm-reduction approach in offering mobile prevention and education services to individuals at risk for infectious disease and conditions associated with substance use and/or unstable housing. This role will focus on hepatitis prevention and care linkage.

Typical functions include but are not limited to the following:
Act in accordance with Victory Programs, Inc.’s Standards of Excellence & Philosophy Care at all times including maintaining professional ethics, boundaries and client confidentiality and working from a strength based perspective using evidence base practices (MI, CBT, Harm Reduction etc.)
Conduct street and venue-based outreach offering harm reduction resources and navigation to individuals at risk for infectious disease, overdose, and conditions associated with substance use.
Collaborate with program staff to coordinate and deliver navigation services (including linkage to care) to high risk individuals receiving prevention and education services.
Serve as the team’s designated Hepatitis C navigator and educator.
Conduct integrated HIV, HCV and STI testing in a mobile setting.
Identify and enroll individuals whose opioid use puts them at high risk for an opioid overdose into the Naloxone Pilot project.
Provide mobile syringe exchange and syringe collection services on outreach routes established in team meetings and in coordination with supervisor.
Accompany clients to medical or other social service appointments as needed to promote sense of empowerment for client to become active in their own healthcare.
Provide health education and risk reduction strategies to clients including topics such as retention in care, adherence to treatment and/or medications, STIs, viral hepatitis, substance use, etc.
Role model effective communication by promoting an ongoing dialogue about infectious disease-related concerns and respectfully responding to inquiries regarding services.
Execute supported referrals, both internal (within Victory Programs) and external.
Work collaboratively with entire Mobile Prevention Team to provide prevention and education programming across the agency and with partnering outside organizations.
Comply with agency protocols for data collection and record management.
Attend weekly supervision, monthly staff meetings, and periodic professional development trainings and workshops as requested by supervisor.
Adhere to the Victory Programs Confidentiality Policies and Procedures at all times and in the course of all interactions.

Qualifications:
Lived experience related to the scope of work is highly valued and can be considered in place of educational or experience requirements on a circumstantial basis. LGBTQIA+ identified persons, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC), and individuals from other historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

High school diploma or equivalent, required.
Experience working in human services or harm reduction/prevention services preferred.
Ability to communicate in Spanish and English required.
Phlebotomy certification/experience or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy.
First hand understanding of issues related to one or more of the following: living with HIV/AIDS, previous experience with homelessness, substance use, STIs and/or sex work.
Demonstrated level of personal maturity enabling ability to provide understanding, insight and motivation to others (including acceptance of HIV/STI diagnosis and retained in care, if applicable).
Experience and competency in working with individuals of diverse race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex and drug cultures, age groups, religion, country of origin, disability and economic status.
Ability to drive outreach van strongly preferred. To be able to drive agency vehicle you must be at least 25 years of age and have a valid MA driver’s license with a driver safety rating of 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, or 03.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including an ability to have open and affirming conversations about sex and substance use risk.
Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and the internet.
Current TB assessment and current CPR certification.
***  Victory Programs requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.

Days/Schedule:   Full-time position: Monday-Friday (40hrs/week) as scheduled

Rate: $22.04/hour

Victory Programs has helped individuals and families in crisis for 45 years. Thousands turn to us yearly for shelter, sustenance, recovery, care, and professional, compassionate support. Most struggle with homelessness, substance use and mental health, and many live with HIV/AIDS. Our team of more than 200 staff across 19 programs works with people to develop and execute creative, safe solutions to the very real challenges our clients face.

The Mobile Prevention Team works with both internal and external clients and is divided into two projects: Drug User Health Project and Infectious Disease Project. Each project works to improve health outcomes, reduce mortality and enhance overall quality of life for all by seamlessly connecting clients to resources and knowledge through navigation, outreach and education.

Our benefit program includes a 75% health and 25% dental employer premium contribution, 100% employer paid disability and life insurances, 19 days of earned time in your first year, sick time, personal days, tuition remission, and a retirement savings opportunity.

To apply for this job please visit www.vpi.org.