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Peer Navigator

Location: Boston, MA
Post Date: 4/2/2020
This is a special role designed for an HIV-positive person to act in the role of ‘peer' educator for HIV-positive young adults transitioning into the Adult HIV clinic and women in both the Adult HIV clinic and high-risk OB clinic. Working under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Peer Navigator will provide individual and group level HIV prevention and education counseling sessions at BMC. The Peer Navigator will assess patients for intervention, provide basic case management and referral services, and perform community outreach when necessary. The Peer Navigator will provide a warm and welcoming environment, communicate effectively with patients, and promote the peer perspective. The Peer Navigator will conduct all activities within the standards and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and will attend necessary trainings to meet those standards.

As a self-acknowledged HIV-positive patient, acts in the role of ‘peer' educator for other HIV-positive teens and young adults and women of BMC. Works closely with the Program Coordinator and program Social Workers to conduct individual and group level HIV Prevention and Education interventions. Collaborates with team on content of group level prevention and education sessions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Presentation of factual and statistical information about HIV.
  • General discussion and awareness of ethnic and gender issues as they relate to HIV.
  • Tools to enhance communication, negotiation, and coping.
  • Skills training on safe sex decision-making and safe sex techniques.
  • Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services, as needed.

Promotes client participation in individual and group-level interventions through face-to-face encounters, telephone interactions, text messages, and any other future engagement techniques as needed. Promotes program, and referral of potential candidates for intervention, to various other hospital departments, and other future referral sources, internal and external, as needed. Accompanies clients as needed to appointments within the medical system. Keeps up to date notes in Electronic Medical Record on her outreach to clients describing effort, activity and outcomes. Participates in Consumer Advisory Board activities for adolescents and young adults. Attends and participates in social events, trainings, and workshops within the mental health system. Inform, support, and empowers peers receiving services by providing on-going health education, emotional support, and encouragement to participants. Acts consistently in a manner that demonstrates dignity and respect for peers. Acts in a calm, gentle manner and treats all peers and professionals alike with respect. Acts as role model, sharing personal strengths and skills and promoting hope in recovery. Distributes prevention materials to intervention participants. Demonstrates safer sex techniques to patients by using anatomical models, when appropriate. Meets regularly with the Program Coordinator for program reporting purposes. Provide monthly statistics about client interactions to Program Manager. Attends staff meetings and communicates progress and problems to the Program Coordinator. Attends all necessary trainings to become proficient in prevention and education methods and for continuing maintenance of proficiency. Maintains established department standards for prevention and education service delivery. Remains knowledgeable of, and follows, appropriate policies, procedures, and work standards, including but not limited to, those regarding hours of work, absenteeism, and tardiness. Maintains competency in appropriate areas of responsibility to ensure quality of care. Maintains patient confidentiality; is comfortable handling sensitive personal information. Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided. Utilizes hospital values as basis for decision making and to facilitate BMC missions. Models the ability to set professional boundaries. Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures. Other duties as needed.

Req ID: 13048