This position will serve as a Community Health Worker within the Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program and the FIT Connect Program. Primary responsibilities will include connecting recently released people with chronic disease, mental illness and/or substance use disorder to appropriate health care services and help put together a comprehensive reentry plan working with local reentry partners. Additional responsibilities will include general program and event support. Position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Provide individualized and group support, empowerment, education, and case management services to individuals released from incarceration that suffer from chronic disease(s), substance use disorder, and/or metal illness;
Recruit formerly incarcerated individuals for primary care services, substance use disorder treatment, and mental health services;
Conduct periodic assessments of individuals substance use, physical activity, dietary habits, tobacco use, and social and economic resources;
Transport ambulatory patients between their homes and clinics, hospitals, or other social agencies;
Advise individuals and others regarding health care and other facilities available to them, assisting as needed for utilization of services, and conduct follow up as required;
Educate individuals with chronic illness about evidence-based standards of care and self-management of their chronic illness;
Document work through appropriate record keeping;
Make referral for needed services and facilitate access to community resources;
Conduct home visits when appropriate and necessary;
Communicate with formerly incarcerated individuals and FIT team on project needs;
Participate in outreach and advocacy activities in the community, prisons, local jails, and local reentry service providers;
Participate and assist in community programs related to FIT, including outreach and engagement efforts to identify and engage with individual who could partner with the FIT Program.
Education and Experience:
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Willingness to work in various environments, including prisons/jails, and when conducting home visits. Experience providing information, education, intervention, and/or referral services to culturally diverse populations and/or community health workers. Comfortable working with culturally diverse populations.
Candidates must have experience problem solving and working in a team environment. The position requires experience using Microsoft Office applications. Necessary requirements are organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion. Candidates are expected to exhibit professional interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written. Candidates must have the ability to maintain effective working relationships with all peers, program related personnel and faculty, demonstrating initiative, and remaining calm under pressure.
Personal history or previous experience interacting closely with individuals who have been incarcerated. Ability to work independently and collaboratively and have the ability to adapt quickly to a changing environment in a position with evolving duties. Previous experience working in a medical, community, and/or academic environment is preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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