This position facilitates the way through the public service sector maze of services for HIV women and youth who have "fallen out" of the care needed to help them live well. The Wellness Navigator helps clients connect to HIV services, increase social connectedness and support women and youth with HIV to live with health and well-being.
The Wellness Navigator will achieve these goals through direct advocacy for the client and by direction, education, and support to HIV individuals and their kin/friend network. Navigator works independently as well as links with teams, identifies and supports HIV women and youth who have received medical care but have not received services within the last six months. The Wellness Navigator conducts outreach to these clients and works with them to improve access to medical care by removing barriers, assisting in making and keeping appointments, and referring to medical case management and other supportive services. S/he provides a "warm hand off" securing linkage to the needed services, rendering the client's interaction with the Wellness Navigator complete within 16 weeks.
Education: High School Diploma or general education degree (GED)
Experience: Ability to work independently, a self starter and results oriented.
Ability work cooperatively and communicate effectively with others. Works well under pressure and with deadlines; Ability to follow verbal and written instructions accurately, and able to efficiently prepare written summaries of activities; Set priorities and complete reports within required timeframes; Able to work as a team member in a culturally diverse setting; Demonstrated excellent attendance and reliability; demonstrated empathy for our clients and their needs; Community outreach experience ; Demonstrated experience working effectively with populations that are different than themselves in sexual orientation and ethnicity
Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and related services in Alameda and Contra Costa counties preferred Effective outreach and linkage strategizes for difficult to reach populations preferred
License/certification: Valid CA Driver's License with proof of current auto insurance. Access to automobile as needed.
Special Skills and/or Equipment Used: Basic computer competency.
Language skills that include ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence and field notes. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations with youth, children, and coalition members. Bilingual language skills preferred.
Requires bending, squatting, climbing stairs, reaching up to shoulder height; pushing/pulling up to 20 pounds; reaching above shoulder level; sitting, standing, walking, waist twisting, kneeling; carrying/lifting 31-60 pounds; gripping/grasping, fine finger manipulation; repetitive movements of upper extremities; may be exposed to latex, dust, fumes or gases; loud noises; differentiate color; use protective equipment; operate motor vehicles.