Newcomer HIV Support Worker / Case Manager

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families
  • Case Management
  • Immigration / Settlement Services
Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - New Westminster
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-11-262019-12-20

Position: Newcomer HIV Support Worker / Case Manager

Wage: $23.00/hr.

Location: Based out of Main Office at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster.  Requires extensive outreach throughout the Fraser Health Region

Hours:  35 hours per week, Monday – Friday business hours, with the ability to work evenings/weekends as required. 

The Newcomer HIV Support Worker / Case Manager performs a wide variety of supportive tasks to newcomers who are living with HIV in the Fraser Health Region.  This position provides support to Newcomers who require assistance with immigration issues.

Duties:

  • The primary duty of this staff is to work closely with the Coordinator and others to deliver various services for Newcomers who are HIV positive through a case management approach
  • Develop and grow program through networking with relevant health care providers, social service agencies, and various institutions
  • Provide risk reduction counselling, one-on-one education and promote routine testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • Work to reduce stigma among various Newcomer population groups through participation in health fairs and facilitation of educational forums
  • Partner with existing organizations that support refugees or Newcomers to promote sexual health literacy and access to prevention information
  • Create partnerships and initiatives with existing testing sites to promote and support access to tailored programing for Newcomers surrounding sexual health
  • Assist with organizing appointments, travel and related accompaniments/outreach activities to support routine testing and engagement with primary care services
  • Prioritize and support all aspects of securing and maintaining emergency and long term housing, income supports, employment support, and nutritional supports for individual clients
  • Provide assistance to newcomers to address complex immigration issues
  • Assist clients in accessing and maintain adherence to HIV prevention medication
  • Maintain strong knowledge on core competencies and diversified models of care for targeted gay/bisexual/men who have sex with men population groups, Trans population groups, substance using population groups, Women, Indigenous Populations and persons with mental health conditions, who are at risk of acquiring HIV
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • 4 year degree in Health Sciences, Social Work, or equivalent field
  • Experience with Newcomer settlement issues
  • Experience facilitating health promotion and HIV prevention strategies
  • Experience providing services for at-risk and/or marginalized populations, including gbMSM or injection drug users
  • Strong understanding of issues relating to harm reduction practices, poverty, stigma, HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance misuse
  • Ability to work both evenings and weekends as required
  • Ability to function effectively in difficult and/or crisis situations is required
  • Knowledge of local resources an asset
  • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and use of a vehicle
  • Clean driver’s abstract and clear criminal records check

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