The Housing for Health Coordinator will work as part of the Health & Home for Transition Age Youth project, initially funded by the Kaiser Community Benefit program. The primary role of the Housing for Health Coordinator is to support transition-age homeless youth transitioning into community living, and working across the Homeless Youth Continuum as the lead on the project. The Housing for Health Coordinator will provide health navigation, cultural mediation, neighborhood and resource navigation, and other life skills coaching to youth. This coordinator will also be responsible for engaging and leading participants in health policy and advocacy initiative projects.
This position is 40 hours a week, with full medical and dental benefits and 27 paid days off in the first year. Pay range is $15-$17/hr DOQ. The application deadline is 9/14/17.
- Coordinate the dissemination of health policy initiatives.
- Assist in collecting and tracking service and evaluation data.
- Assist in data processing and reporting.
- Assist with health insurance enrollment, track insurance enrollment status, and provide renewal support.
- Provide health navigation support, including support to access primary care provider, mental health and substance use treatment resources, and follow-up from emergency room visits. This may include assisting with making and attending appointments.
- Work with participants to complete Mental Health & Wellbeing Screenings.
- Provide neighborhood navigation support and independent living life skills coaching.
- Provide cultural mediation among individuals, communities, and health and social service systems.
- Providing culturally appropriate health education and information.
- Work with youth towards establishing health-supporting lifestyles, and addressing behaviors that act as barriers to maintaining or improving health.
- Develop and disseminate Standards of Practice and/or other health initiatives.
- Communicate with Homeless Youth Continuum partners to coordinate supports for youth.
- Support youth in establishing health-supporting lifestyles and addressing behaviors that act as barriers to maintaining or improving health.
- High school diploma or equivalent required, with additional education and training valued.
- Certified Community Health Worker or other relevant Traditional Health Worker certification (or ability to obtain within 3 months) required.
- Self-identification as a Traditional Health Worker and willingness to share lived experience within professional standards.
- Knowledge and understanding of social determinants of health, the local public health system and environment, including the elements necessary for community success.
- Knowledge of local community resources, emergency services, and social service agencies, especially with low-income and ethnic minority clientele required.
- Knowledge and/or experience of the lifestyles and culture of youth homeless and/or low-income populations, including individuals who identify as LGBTQ.
- Strong client advocacy skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent professional boundaries and quality performance at all times.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and crisis situations.
- Willingness and ability to learn quickly and adapt to a variety of situations.
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
- Schedule flexibility to meet the needs of the patient population.
- Valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle.
Outside In and NAYA are partnering together in this project targeting transition-aged homeless youth experiencing behavioral health challenges, who have been engaged through the Multnomah County Homeless Youth Continuum. Outside In and NAYA will employ staff to work hand in hand with these youth, supporting them to find, stabilize, and maintain housing in the scattered and remote pockets of Multnomah County where affordable housing is located. These staff will help youth navigate and connect with community and health care resources in their neighborhood, and participate in policy advocacy around housing and health equity issues important to them. The staff will be culturally and linguistically congruent with the youth and will serve as trusted supports to support youth wellness and housing stabilization. They will recognize and incorporate cultural buffers such as cultural identity, spiritual coping, and traditional health practices.
Accepted Oregon Traditional Health Worker qualifications include:
- Community Health Workers (CHW): Assist community members in receiving the healthcare they need.
- Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Provide support, encouragement and assistance to addictions and mental health consumers.
- Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS): Provide support, encouragement and assistance to address physical and mental health needs.
- Personal Health Navigators (NAV): Provide care coordination for members from within the health system.
For more information: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/oei/Pages/thw-certification.aspx