Community Health Worker/Harm Reduction Outreach

Website Victory Programs

The 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.

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.
  • Conduct integrated HIV, HCV and STI testing in a mobile setting.
  • Drive Mobile Outreach Van to assigned locations to conduct mobile prevention services.
    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 identified by the Drug User Health Coordinator.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate psychoeducational groups to clients to help educate and increase motivation to change.
  • Facilitate high impact prevention (HIP) evidence-based intervention Safer Sex Skills Building 4 session workshop.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • To be considered for this job you must be 25 years of age and have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license with a safety driving points of 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 or 03.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. High school diploma or equivalent, required. Lived experience related to the scope of work is valued, and will be considered in place of educational requirements on a circumstantial basis.
  • Two years experience working in human services or harm reduction/prevention services preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Rate:
$18.04/hr

Victory Programs operates 19 innovative health, housing and prevention programs throughout Greater Boston, Cambridge and Topsfield. Every year we help more than 2,400 individuals and families break down barriers to a brighter future. Our programs serve people who are facing homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness or chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS and provide them with the tools needed to support healthy, self-sufficient lives.

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.

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