Provides peer counseling and medical-social services linkages as part of the WORTH (Women on the Road to Health) Transitions program for women recently released from incarceration to the New Haven community. The community advocate/community health worker (CHW) will serve as part of this integrated gender-specific program designed to support HIV/STI prevention, trauma-informed care, and linkages to medical-social services, especially to Transitions Clinic-New Haven, which provides primary care to individuals recently released from incarceration. The CHW will be primarily responsible for providing peer counseling, delivering the evidence-based WORTH intervention, case management and navigation to racial/ethnic minority women who are at risk for HIV and have co-occuring substance use and mental health disorders. Additionally, the CHW will use lived experience, preferably a history of incarceration, as part of service delivery, attend weekly supervision and research meetings, attend required trainings, interface with key personnel at community health sites, complete medical record requirements, and support clients in reducing barriers to treatment and service engagement. May serve additional roles as required by the project coordinator (PC) or principal investigator (PI).
Posting Position Title: Research Assistant 1 HSS
University Job Title: Community Health Worker
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Required Skill/ability 1: Demonstrated knowledge of health care resources and community-based programs in New Haven and knowledge of transportation system. Demonstrated experience in the re-entry field. Trained as a Community Health Worker (CHW) or willingness to attend and complete Community Health Worker Training within first 90 days of employment.
Required Skill/ability 2: Demonstrated ability to work with formerly incarcerated women at HIV/STI risk, and with substance use disorders, mental health disorders and physical illnesses from diverse backgrounds with the ability to use first-hand, lived experience in this work.
Required Skill/ability 3: Ability to provide documentation of interactions and experiences with participants including basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word.
Required Skill/ability 4: Ability to provide in-reach as part of a team in the Niantic Correctional Institution and other correctional facilities; requires some travel. Ability to work flexible hours and be available by phone for emergencies.
Required Skill/ability 5: Ability to help clients access needed vocational, educational, housing, etc. resources and provide direct interface with those agencies in the community
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Exp. assisting individuals in connecting with primary and specialty care appointments, including substance use treatment and HIV/STI treatment (incl. transportation). Responsible for outreach/engagement of target population; recruits patients by conducting outreach activities in the community, prison or local jails. First-hand exp. as a formerly incarcerated individual and community health worker.
Required Licenses Or Certifications:
Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.