The Department of Health, Behavior & Society is seeking Research Program Assistants (RPA) who will do outreach work as a part of a large mobile intervention aimed to reduce HIV and overdose risk among people who use drugs (PWUD) in Baltimore, MD. RPA will be part of a mobile team including a nurse, drug checking technician, and community navigator. They will provide specialized support and harm reduction services to clients who visit the study's mobile van. The program will offer services including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, drug checking, and wound care. RPA will work in the community to raise awareness of the program. Develop relationships with potential clients and other community stakeholders, and provide harm reduction services. They will distribute safer drug use supplies and overdose response trainings and will provide HIV testing and harm reduction education. RPA will be trained to administer and distribute naloxone and train clients and community members on its use. Other responsibilities may be required as project services evolve and/or expand. All study services will be client-centered and take a harm reduction approach. RPA will undergo extensive training regarding harm reduction, HIV testing and counseling, trauma informed care, naloxone administration, and other areas as needed.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Make referrals to medical and social support services.
Engage in harm reduction-based street outreach, promoting the program's services, distributing promotional items, and providing harm reduction education.
Build rapport with community members, including people who use drugs, through outreach, and attendance at community association meetings.
Distribute naloxone, train community members on its use and benefits.
Organize and track inventory of project supplies on van.
Other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
Some related experience.
Prior work experience with and/or knowledge about HIV PrEP.
Prior outreach work experience.
Experience working with diverse populations including people who use drugs.
Some college coursework.
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: Min $15.25 - Max $23.00 HRLY; Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Casual / On Call Schedule: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm hours vary Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Public Health Department name: HBS-Research Projects Personnel area: School of Public Health
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