Date posted: 11/07/2017

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JOB DESCRIPTION

The Health and Wellness Coordinator is responsible for working with residents towards physical and emotional health and independence. By emphasizing health and wellness and using a client centered approach, the Health and Wellness Coordinator will provide individual and group interventions, including evidence-based and promising practice models, to maximize personal growth, housing stability and achievement of goals, while also building a respectful and positive community.  This position will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing with individuals impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, foster care and homelessness.  The HWC reports to the Director of Health and Wellness.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and coordinate programming at assigned sites to ensure clients have access to the information and services they need to maximize physical, mental, emotional and social health.
  • Lead the implementation of evidence-based and promising practice models with fidelity at assigned sites and assist with the research and selection of new evidenced based models. This position requires delivery of Motivational Interviewing as well as any other evidence-based models identified for future implementation.   The Coordinator assists with training and fidelity monitoring activities, such as ensuring that staff complete required taping sessions with clients.
  • Ensure access and short term coordination of medical and behavioral health services. This may include referrals, scheduling and confirming medical care as well as escort to appointments as needed.
  • Conduct health and nutrition assessments as assigned.
  • Promote and conduct health education and prevention workshops geared to meet the needs of Lantern’s residents. This includes educating clients regarding early medical intervention, options to reduce/modify stressors, and adherence to treatment regimens and appointment schedules.
  • Build partnerships and linkages with community agencies that serve the needs of Lantern clients, including health homes and managed care organizations.
  • Coordinate programs and events in the building which provide opportunities for relevant community organizations to share their information and services directly with Lantern clients.
  • Represent Lantern Community Services by attending workgroup and networking meetings in the community.
  • Educate staff in the latest models and research related to chronic illness including best practices and progressive services in the field of health and wellness.
  • Provide leadership at their sites regarding Medicaid redesign and how Medicaid redesign affects staff and clients. Inform and assist uninsured individuals with learning about and enrolling in health insurances through New York State of Health Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Implement creative strategies to engage target populations within the buildings, coordinating programming with other specialty program areas such as Food and Nutrition, Employment and Education and Arts, Culture and Fitness
  • Coordinate staff participation in wellness programming at assigned sites in staff and clinical meetings with the interdisciplinary team. Present individual work with clients in regular clinical/staff meetings.
  • Participate in individual supervision with direct supervisor and with task supervisors at assigned sites.
  • Participate in data quality improvement/performance improvement, as assigned by Supervisor, for the purpose of identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating evidenced based initiatives and specialty area programming, departmentally and organizationally.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other job-related functions, as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree strongly preferred; Bachelor’s Degree required; relevant experience serving populations impacted by homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS preferred.
  • Strong client engagement skills and ability to work independently as well as with a multi-disciplinary team required.
  • Experience with evidence-based and/or promising practices, particularly Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Choosing Life: Empowerment, Actions & Results! (CLEAR), Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Diabetes Self- Management Program (DSMP) strongly preferred.
  • Experience using performance metrics to improve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a collaborative team member with a diverse population.
  • Proactive problem solver willing and able to seek creative solutions in the interest of clients and building a strong and respectful community.
  • Experience providing training to staff, facilitating groups and effectively engaging clients with multiple barriers to stability and independence.
  • Experience with alternative health and wellness concepts and programming including smoking cessation, stress management, harm/risk reduction, relaxation techniques and nutrition.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience providing direct service to one or more of the following populations strongly: persons living with AIDS /HIV, formerly homeless and chronically homeless persons and families, young adults aged out of foster care, persons with mental illness, or persons in recovery from addiction.

 

LOCATION: Bronx, NY
WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position based in the Bronx.  Coordinators may be required to work one weeknight evening and a weekend day as needed.   In exchange, Coordinators will be able to have an approved flexible schedule the remainder of the work week, such that each workweek totals 35 hours.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to: hwc@lanterncommunity.org

Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.