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Health Navigator

The Health Navigator of the Needle Exchange and Overdose Prevention Program at the AIDS Action Committee will deliver high quality harm reduction prevention and screening services to drug users. Duties are focused on providing HIV/HCV/STI testing and linkages to care, substance use referrals, overdose prevention trainings, case management, community outreach, and appointment accompaniment.

Job Objective: The Health Navigator will deliver high quality harm reduction prevention and screening services to drug users. Duties are focused on providing HIV/HCV/STI testing and linkages to care, substance use referrals, overdose prevention trainings, case management, community outreach, and appointment accompaniment

Duties:
Provide Direct Services 
• Perform health navigation services including making supported referrals to address the full spectrum of client needs and providing appointment accompaniment.
• Liaise with Fenway Health and other healthcare providers to ensure linkages to medical care, behavioral health treatment, substance use treatment, PrEP, nPEP and disease intervention specialists, and other needed services. 
• Distribute sterile syringes and harm reduction materials according to AAC and MDPH protocols. Help to facilitate daily operations of drop-in center including supervision of client activities and light cleaning when necessary
• Conduct in-reach and outreach in both Spanish and English to find, engage, and enroll the target population in care and services.
• Provide low threshold harm reduction information on safer drug use strategies, vein and wound care, HIV, STI and Hepatitis transmission 
• Provide referrals to housing and legal services when appropriate
• Provide education on overdose prevention and train community members and users in use of Naloxone. 
• Conduct HIV/HCV/STI on and offsite screening, performing phlebotomy, and risk reduction assessments and counseling sessions. 
• Facilitate individual, community,, and street-level interventions. 
• Provide trainings or workshops to community based agencies and other collaborators as appropriate.

Effectively Carry out Administrative Duties
• Complete appropriate and accurate documentation in a timely manner.
• Attend staff, department meetings and individual and clinical supervision as required.
• Collaborate with internal and external colleagues performing related work.
• Attend trainings as required. 

Participate in Planning and Implementation of New Interventions
• Participate in program planning through interdisciplinary team meetings.
• Collaborate across AAC's programming to coordinate referrals. 
• Attend continuing education seminars, staff in-services and stay abreast of relevant literature to maintain familiarity with trends in prevention services.

Meet Agency Participatory Expectations
• As required, work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, as needed to provide services and perform outreach or coordinate events in ways that best reach at-risk communities.
• Adhere to all agency and departmental policies and procedures.
• Participate in quality assessment and improvement activities as requested.
• Adhere to the highest principles of client confidentiality.

Perform related duties as required

Requirements 

• Spanish and English proficiency required
• Minimum Bachelor's degree and/or two years of work experience with the target population. Personal experience with target population a plus
• Commitment to harm reduction, knowledge of harm reduction strategies preferred
• Significant knowledge of health-related social issues faced by injection drug users
• Phlebotomy certification/experience or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• Strong ability to manage clinically and emotionally challenging situations with utmost professionalism, care and discretion
• Ability to provide precise, well-written documentation
• Experience providing HIV education, testing and counseling a plus
• Demonstrated computer skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word and Electronic databases)
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize assigned duties
• Experience working in an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse environment preferred
• Ability to meet deadlines and work within a team-based environment
• Previous experience conducting street level outreach with at-risk populations a plus 
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team 
• Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter, with your last name, first initial, and job title in the subject line to resumes@aac.org.