Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
About the organization
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes due to forcible displacement. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Vermont, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
The position of Health and Wellness Program Coordinator at USCRI Vermont would lead the organization’s COVID-19 response, including outreach and education activities and the rollout of the vaccine, coordinate USCRI’s Community Health Worker team, and collaborate with the State of Vermont Health Operations Center and other community partners to reach English Language Learners in Vermont. At such time when the COVID-19 pandemic is a lesser concern, the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator would focus on other important health and wellness general ongoing responsibilities, as detailed below. This position reports to the Field Office Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Responsibilities
Lead agency’s education and outreach efforts related to COVID-19 response;
Engage with youth and other community members to inform the development of creative, targeted, culturally sensitive ways to disseminate COVID-19 health messages;
Organize community meetings within different New American communities to discuss perceptions and understanding of COVID-19, promote culturally sensitive COVID-19 prevention public health messaging, and answer questions related to the pandemic;
Compile myths and reoccurring concerns voiced by community members and work collaboratively with the Health Department to address concerns and produce FAQs;
Coordinate the dissemination of multilingual COVID-19 prevention content by community members for community members (posters, artwork, videos, songs, memes, or other forms of communication), in any language spoken, on various platforms (i.e. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.)
Assist State and affected individuals and communities, through cultural brokering, with care and prevention strategies related to COVID-19;
Conduct outreach, education, and connection to state and local resources, such as: access to COVID-19 testing and delivery of essential resources and supplies in order to maintain prevention practices, including quarantine/isolation;
Provide consultation to State on:
appropriate and effective messages and methods for reaching youth, individuals with underlying health issues that increase risk, and other vulnerable populations;
culturally sensitive, culturally appropriate and trauma-informed interviewing and messaging appropriate to targeted communities;
COVID-19 impact on refugee/immigrant communities
what the targeted communities know and understand about COVID-19, and what educational materials and resources would be most helpful in State COVID-19 messaging.
Assist State with supporting contact tracing interviews and providing public health guidance to individuals affected by COVID-19, as engaged by State.
General Ongoing Responsibilities
Care coordination with health and mental health providers, and other service providers;
Promotion of health equity and access to services for refugees, asylees, and immigrants. Ensure that refugees are being served in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner and provide education and advocacy when necessary;
Conduct health outreach and provide information, education, and referrals (including, but not limited to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine);
Schedule follow-up client appointments with primary care providers and specialists, as needed;
Accompany clients to appointments, as needed;
Assist clients in understanding and following treatment plans developed by their health and/or mental health care provider(s). Provide education, support, and counseling to individuals with complex medical needs, and their families, as appropriate;
Represent USCRI Vermont and provide advocacy for USCRI Vermont clients at health related meetings;
Maintain case files, collect program data, and submit written reports as required;
Maintain close working relationships with Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Mental Health, and other service providers; and
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in social work, public health, psychology, or a relevant field;
Master’s degree in social work, public health, psychology desired
Fluency in English required and proficiency in another language preferred (e.g. Kiswahili, Somali, Arabic, French, etc.)
Prior experience providing case management or related services to refugees, asylees, and other immigrants preferred;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate and build lasting relationships and partnerships;
Ability to organize, prioritize, supervise others, and work independently as well as in collaboration with others;
Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and database programs as required;
Highly adaptable and flexible with the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a demanding work environment;
Must have a valid state-issued driver's license, automobile insurance, clean driving record and reliable personal transportation;
Must pass a criminal background check and other screening requirements;
Ability to travel locally as required; and
Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace.
Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training; and
Complete additional training as identified by supervisor(s) or Human Resources, including but not limited to:
Vermont Department of Health public health training(s) on COVID-19 testing, isolation, quarantining, and vaccination and resources available to those affected by COVID-19
Vermont Department of Labor VOSHA Online Training in Methods of Protection from COVID-19 Virus in the Workplace
This position is funded through December 2021. Continuation of employment is contingent on availability of ongoing funding.
Please submit a resume with cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.
References will be required at time of the final interview.
No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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