We are hiring a CHW/outreach worker to provide care coordination and health education at SPARC, a harm-reduction focused women's drop-in center in Baltimore MD. SPARC is a community-level intervention that provides case management services, hosts a number of service providers in Baltimore (legal, healthcare, dental, etc.), and also serves as a communal space for women (showers, lockers, laundry, and a community space). The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment which prioritizes a harm-reduction framework and a strengths-based approach to client support. In addition to care coordination and health education, the CHW will also conduct outreach in Baltimore City neighborhoods and assist medical service providers at the drop-in center.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Specific duties include: register new guests and conduct guest orientations, assist guests with identifying and navigating internal and external resources and services, coordinate care with providers and initiate referrals, as needed, promote HIV/STI education and prevention, conduct outreach to provide individuals with harm-reduction supplies and information about the drop-in center; attend community meetings to promote services and develop rapport with neighborhood associations; provide general clerical support; as well as assist service providers during scheduled clinical hours. The incumbent of this position will also be expected to undergo a peer outreach training and a certification program which includes training in HIV and HCV pre- and post-testing counseling, community organizing, and resource referrals.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
High School Diploma or GED
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Completion of Community Health Worker Training Program and/or at least one year of experience
Be able to work as a part of a diverse team of service and medical staff.
Have good interpersonal skills, and ability to build rapport and express empathy.
Be willing to interact with the public, health care providers, community organizations, and social service agencies.
Have reliable transportation
Have an interest in HIV and working with vulnerable populations.
Have familiarity with and appreciation of a harm reduction framework.
Learn about Baltimore based resources and services to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
Location of Work:
Classified Title: Outreach Worker Working Title: Outreach Worker Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: $12.19- $16.77 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: MTW 9:30-6:30; TR 9:30-3:30, F 9:30-4:30 Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002813-SOM DOM Infectious Disease Personnel area: School of Medicine
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