Title: Outreach Specialist, Needle Exchange & Overdose Prevention
Organization: AIDS Action Committee
Brief Summary of Position:
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is seeking a full-time Outreach Specialist. Under the supervision of the Overdose Prevention Coordinator and working alongside other staff, the Outreach Specialist will assist in implementing and evaluating outreach workplan, conduct street-level outreach for active injection drug users in high-need areas of Greater Boston, and will provide on-site health education duties as needed. AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, advocating at the city, state, and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conducting cutting edge HIV prevention programs, and providing health and wellness services to people already living with HIV. Our work – in conjunction with partners around the state – has given Massachusetts one of the best track records in tackling this epidemic. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action is New England’s largest AIDS service organization.
- Conduct street-level outreach activities for active users in areas or neighborhoods identified as high-risk or high-need within program catchment areas. Includes, but is not limited to, Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Watertown, Everett, Medford and the Jackson Sq. and Egleston Sq. neighborhoods.
- Distribute safer sex, overdose prevention, and injection supplies to active users. Collect used syringes for safe disposal.
- Provide written and verbal harm reduction information on safer injection strategies, vein and abscess care, overdose prevention and HIV, STD and Hepatitis transmission to program participants and area providers.
- Provide appropriate referrals
- Provide practical interventions relating to injection site issues. Provide advice for basic wound or abscess care.
- Conduct 4th generation blood draws for HIV/HCV/STI counseling and testing both on and off-site.
- Provide screening and risk reduction sessions, as well as education and referrals as necessary.
- Provide training on overdose prevention and Naloxone to active users, their allies and other service providers.
- Provide clients with easily accessible, low threshold services that operate within the harm reduction framework. This includes assisting clients with accessing support services such as primary care, drug treatment, homeless shelters and legal advocacy, as well as enrolling them in syringe exchange and OD prevention services.
- Engage relevant stakeholders to identify areas or neighborhoods in need of needle exchange outreach services.
- Participate in daily drop-in operations including opening and closing procedures to help ensure facilities are clean, safe and welcoming.
- Attend and participate in AAC, collaborator and funder meetings and trainings.
- Bachelor’s degree in Community/Public Health or related field.
- Knowledge of and commitment to practice harm reduction in all interactions with program participants and at all stages of program planning processes.
- Experienced in street-level outreach efforts for at risk populations.
- Significant knowledge of health-related issues faced by injection drug users, including awareness of injection drug user networks, norms and culture.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
- Previous experience implementing support groups and trainings a plus.
- Previous experience with data collection and entry.
- Self-directed, motivated and flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to work, on average, 1-2 nights per week and occasional weekends, to be punctual and perform tasks consistently.
- Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency a plus
- Ability to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodations:
- Sit at a computer station for extended periods of time
- Ability to keyboard for extended periods of time
- Ability to stand and walk as required by street outreach activities for up to 3 hours at once
- Ability and willingness to conduct outdoor outreach throughout all seasons of the year
- Ability to draw blood or willingness to learn phlebotomy skills
Visit the job posting on AAC’s website here.