MTN Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

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Sign Up for Peer to Peer Case Management

Apply here to be paired with a Community Health Outreach Worker.

People who might benefit from this program include: people who want help accessing healthcare/insurance, applying for jobs or writing a resume, searching for housing, completing a name change, exploring harm reduction strategies, or other personal goals you would like a coach/accountability buddy to work toward.

Peer case managers are *NOT* medical or mental health providers. They are not crisis workers or first responders. Generally, they are not available outside of your scheduled hour per week.

Job Description

Type of position: Volunteer with stipend and mileage; temporary, part-time.

Hours: 5-10 hours a week

Location: Five CHOWs will be selected; geographic diversity encouraged.

The Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) works in the community directly with peers to facilitate an integrated approach to housing, social services and health care management.  The MTN CHOW will work with up to four peers, one hour a week, for 90 days toward peer-identified objectives.

Possible activities may include, but are not limited to: attending provider appointments, coordinating referrals to community resources, de-escalating urgent situations, supporting gender affirming practices, completing applications for services, or searching for housing.  The goal of this program is to improve life satisfaction through prioritized health, wellbeing, social, spiritual, and/or environmental outcomes.

Requirements:

  • Must have completed  MaineTransNet facilitator training.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle; you are not required to drive peers.

  • Schedule must allow for  some weekday availability; mandatory 3-day training in Spring 2019.

  • Must have working knowledge of harm reduction.

  • Proven experience practicing boundaries and dual relationships with community members.  Strong understanding of confidentiality and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • Excellent communication skills- weekly case notes submitted and regular supervision with MTN leadership.

Preferred:

  • Case management experience and/or knowledge of local community resources.

  • Understanding of mental health and trauma sensitivity.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted by the by MTN Staffers, Intern, and Steering Committee Member.  This project will be evaluated by a Social Work Intern as a research project with a goal of expanding a sustainable CHOW program based on results of the program.

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