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ESS Health Educator

The primary responsibility of the Health Educator (HE) is to develop, implement, and oversee the Health Education component of the New York State AIDS Institute Ryan White HIV/AIDS Engagement and Supportive Services (ESS) Initiative. Most of our clients are African or Caribbean immigrants. The HE will serve as part of a dynamic, effective team, which aims to meet comprehensive health and supportive service needs of immigrants living with HIV/AIDS. The goal of the program is to provide supportive and health education services to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who are either unengaged or sporadically engaged in HIV care and treatment.

African Services Committee is a New York City-based immigrant services and self-sufficiency service organization, whose mission is to improve the health and self-sufficiency of the African community, through provision of direct health, housing, social and legal services, AIDS advocacy, policy work, and technical assistance benefiting African refugees and immigrants in New York City and in low-income communities in Africa.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES

The ESS Health Educator will coordinate and provide group and individual sessions that focus on strategies for achieving positive health outcomes (i.e., viral suppression) independently. Sessions are curricula-based with an emphasis on basic HIV-related knowledge, treatment education, health literacy (e.g., understanding blood work results and treatment regimens, self-advocacy with medical providers), building support systems, and transmission prevention.

  • Recruit, screen and enroll new clients into the nutrition health education program;
  • Obtain required documentation needed to ensure client eligibility for program
  • Prepare and deliver health education curriculum, both individual and group sessions;
  • Ensure accurate tracking and documentation of all services in client files;
  • Support data entry of services into AIDS Institute reporting system database;
  • Prepare monthly reports to funder, contribute to annual workplan as needed;
  • Conduct outreach to recruit new clients as needed;
  • Coordinates community partnerships/relationships with other providers of complementary food and health services
  • Liaise with AIDS Institute contract manager;
  • Attend AIDS Institute required meetings and trainings.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of a BA or BS, Masters preferred, in Community Health Education or related degree
  • 2-3 years of experience developing and facilitating health  education sessions at the community level, including individual and group sessions
  • 2-3 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS or with other chronic illnesses
  • Excellent communication, writing, and time management skills
  • French/other African language skills highly valuable
  • Cultural and linguistic competence with the African and Caribbean immigrant community
  • Experience with MS Office programs
  • High level of initiative, self-motivation and energy
  • Strong commitment to increasing quality of life and promoting self-management of HIV

 

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits. African Services Committee is an equal opportunity employer:  women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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