Under the supervision of the Clinical Research Case Worker, the peer navigator will provide prevention services for HIV+ and high-risk study participants who are in crisis due to substance (opioid) misuse, with access to comprehensive services for indicated medical care, behavioral health care, stable housing, and other support services while maintaining compliance with confidentiality and HIPAA regulations. The peer navigator is primarily responsible for accompaniment of study participant to various medical and behavioral health appointments and must be willing to travel in all 5 New York City boroughs*.
Provide care/prevention navigation services for study participants: HIV+ and HIV prevention; Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and other substance misuse; Hepatitis C/A/B infections; and other medical care needs. Accompanying study participants to appointments and assisting with scheduling for such services, in addition to study visits and travel needs (30%),
Provide placement, in accordance with individualized care plan, and warm handoffs for behavioral health services, provide client escort and transportation assistance when necessary (15%),
Facilitate communication between client and health care professionals to support service coordination and assure accurate information across multiple providers. (10%)
Provide assistance with referrals for legal needs and immigration issues, and access to sources for employment, food and housing insecurity (5%)
Assist with issues of health literacy and supports client education on harm reduction and safer sexual behaviors (10%).
Support clients to develop self-navigation and advocacy skills (5%).
Ensure all required documentation is in place with navigation and study processes while maintaining participants' records/files, ensuring data points/elements are captured in the study per protocol. (10%)
Perform all duties within HIPAA regulations. (5%)
Work flexible hours, as needed. (5%)
Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
In recovery for opioid use disorder (OUD) for at least one year.
Knowledge of Substance Use/Misuse issues and HIV/HCV services and treatment.
Meticulous attention to detail with the ability to multi-task.
Strong organizational, administrative and planning skills.
Ability to work under pressure and react effectively to urgent situations.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Be creative and flexible.
Previous experience in research studies
Prior experience as a health services peer navigator
Peer navigation certification by accredited body
Recovery coach certification
Local travel throughout the 5 New York City boroughs is required: Must be able to perform fieldwork in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Possession of motor vehicle is NOT a requirement.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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