The Hepatitis C/Drug Use Health Educator utilizes a person-driven peer navigation approach in empowering, educating and supporting individuals through drug user health and Hepatitis C prevention services.
The Hep C/Drug User Health Educator position is part of the Mobile Prevention Team and will involve about 4 days per week of traveling to various sites. The ideal candidate is passionate about this type of work and wants to make a difference, is a team player, has great communication skills and takes initiative.
Typical functions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Ensure that all services are delivered in compliance with agency standards and contractual requirements.
- Identify and enroll individuals whose opioid use puts them at high risk for an opioid overdose into the Naloxone Pilot project.
- Identify and enroll bystanders to opioid use who may be present during an overdose into the pilot project
- Provide individual/group overdose education sessions and Hepatitis C education sessions throughout the agency, and in the community through developed partnerships
- Assist in developing new educational programming for the Drug User Health Project
- Conduct one on one risk assessments using motivational interviewing techniques and assist in developing and supporting client lead goals.
- Assist clients with navigating health care and social service systems, including arranging for transportation and scheduling and accompanying clients to appointments.
- Serve as the Hepatitis C navigator for clients working to get connected to care – including appointment accompaniment and support throughout the treatment.
- Act as a mentor/role model to HCV+ Clients.
- Co-facilitate support group for people living with and/or being treated for HCV.
- Offer Integrated HIV, HCV and STI testing
- Participate in Street Outreach as assigned
- Complete all required documentation correctly
- Participate in required conference calls, meetings, coalitions and trainings
- High school diploma or equivalent, required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Previous experience as a Peer Facilitator and group facilitation preferred
- First hand understanding of issues related to one or more of the following: managing a chronic condition such as Hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS, homelessness, drug user health, and/or substance use.
- Lived experience managing Hepatitis C diagnosis/treatment strongly preferred.
- Experience in community engagement and outreach preferred.
- Ability to conduct risk and behavioral assessments.
- Phlebotomy certification/experience or a willingness to be trained in phlebotomy
- Knowledge and understanding of Principles of Harm Reduction.
- Ability to work cooperatively and supportively with other staff as a member of a team.
- Strong organizational, writing and communication skills.
- Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and the internet
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-cultural, fast-paced settings with diverse client populations including: substance users, gay/bisexual individuals, homeless, sex workers and/or people recently released from prison.
- Three strong work related references.
- Full-time position: Monday-Friday (40hrs/week) Flexible, some weekend and evening required
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.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please visit our website at www.vpi.org to learn more about our programs and the services we offer, and to submit your application.