REACH Program Patient Navigator/Outreach Worker
17 E. 102nd Street
The Patient Navigator/Outreach Worker is a full-time staff member in the Mount Sinai Respectful & Equitable Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine of the Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The REACH Program at the Mount Sinai Hospital takes a multidisciplinary, team-based, harm reduction approach to primary care for persons using alcohol and other drugs, including buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. We also provide comprehensive treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, behavioral health evaluation, and referral to treatment for persons living with substance use and/or mental health conditions.
The Navigator’s role is to assist patients in navigating the medical system and provide them with support. The Navigator attends and schedules clinic visits with the patients and assists the clinical providers with managing the patients and clinic sessions. The Navigator is responsible for assisting with meeting data entry and reporting requirements for grant funding agencies.
The Navigator also participates in REACH community outreach activities. Outreach activities include educational presentations, hepatitis C rapid testing (including pre and post-test counseling), naloxone kit distribution and facilitating appointments in the clinic for primary care and HCV care and treatment.
The Navigator is supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social worker. This is an ideal position to gain experience in clinical medicine. Many individuals have gone on from this position to pursue advanced training in public health and medicine.
This is a grant funded position.
Specific responsibilities are below:
Follow-up to clinic visits, including scheduling all appointments and follow-up on clinician referrals;
- Call patients to remind them of appointments
- Schedule work-up procedures (Ultrasounds, etc.)
- Obtain prior approval for procedures from patients’ insurance providers
- Assist patients with application for pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs
- Update the patient databases in AIRS and ACCESS
- Track patient follow-up, run queries
- Assist with reports to funding organizations or for grant writing
- Assist patients with other activities to decrease barriers to care
- Compose weekly email regarding upcoming clinical visits
- Provide feedback to the HCV team during weekly meetings
- Take case conference notes on patients and send out to clinical providers
Attend the patient’s clinic visits during clinic sessions with patients.
Provide support for patients and address their questions and concerns;
- Clarify information and answer questions regarding disease pathology, treatment eligibility and evaluation, hepatitis c treatment and medications, and managing co-morbidities
- Assist patients on hepatitis C treatment by providing support for patients while on hepatitis C treatment, by providing assistance in managing side effects or other problems
- Assist in coordinating REACH Program support groups
- Update clinician on all new developments concerning patients
- Translate for Spanish speaking patients
- Order patients hepatitis C medication
- Track prescriptions and refills
Assist with research and grant activities as needed;
- Literature review, recruitment, consenting patients, conducting interviews, providing follow-up to Project Manager, IRB training, etc.
- Participate in Quality Initiative activities
- Assist with peer program planning and implementation
- Attend NYC HCV Task Force Meetings
Screening and Blood tests;
- Consent and pre and post test counseling
- Medical history intake
- Conduct hepatitis C rapid tests
- Option for phlebotomy training to conduct hepatitis C confirmatory blood tests
- Attend scheduled health fairs and outreach activities
- Make appointments for tests and results for follow-up care
- Coordinate with DOH (supplies, data entry, lab)
- Assist outreach coordinator with outreach event planning
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Spanish speaking preferred
- Database management experience
- Exceptionally organized and able to work independently
- Excellent communication skills
- Compassionate and personable
- Willing to work in the field with community members
- 2 year commitment desired
- Interest in health disparities
- Interest in working with patients with substance use disorders/psychiatric disorders
- Phlebotomy skills a plus
Minimum Education Required