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Risk Reduction Community Health Worker

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Website VictoryPrograms Victory Programs, Inc.

Opening doors to hope, health and housing

The Risk Reduction Community Health Worker utilizes a person-driven peer navigation approach in empowering, educating and supporting individuals through prevention services.

Typical functions include but are not limited to:
-Coordinate and deliver peer navigation services (including linkage to care) to high risk individuals receiving prevention and education services in collaboration with program staff.
-Accompany clients to testing, medical or other social service appointments as needed to promote sense of empowerment for client to become active in their own healthcare.
-Train in, recruit for and facilitate high impact prevention (HIP) evidence-based interventions, including but not limited to: Safer Sex Skills Building, and VOICES/VOCES.
-Develop engaging curriculums as needed on the topics of sexual health and risk reduction
-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.
-Respectfully respond to inquiries about resources.
-Role model effective communication by promoting an ongoing dialogue about HIV-related concerns and respectfully responding to inquiries regarding services.
-Execute supported referrals, both internal (within Victory Programs) and external.
-Engage and nurture collaborative opportunities with community partners.
-Maintain accurate records and data collection.
-Identify and enroll individuals whose opioid use puts them at high risk for an opioid overdose into the Naloxone Pilot project.
-Conduct integrated HIV, HCV and STI testing
-Work collaboratively with entire Mobile Prevention Team to provide prevention and education programming across the agency and with partnering outside organizations.

-Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. High school diploma or equivalent, required.
-Two years experience working in human services or prevention services preferred.
-Previous experience as a Health Navigator preferred. –Previous experience as a Peer Facilitator and with group facilitation strongly desired.
-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
-Willingness to share personal experiences to educate, to provide emotional support, and to offer practical strategies.
-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 working with diverse groups regardless of 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 ability to talk openly about sex and sexual risk taking behavior

-Monday-Friday (40 hours/week) Flexible

Victory Programs is a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families who are homeless and may have substance use disorders, often accompanied by chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and mental illness. Providing a welcoming environment, our compassionate and inspiring team is committed to helping them regain their health and restore their hope through immediate access to safe and stable housing.

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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