Title: Outreach Specialist, Access Program
Organization: AIDS Action Committee
Brief Summary of Position:
Under the supervision of the Overdose Prevention Coordinator 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, provide overdose prevention trainings with community groups and businesses, and will provide on-site health education duties as needed.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Conduct street-level outreach activities with active drug 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 of Boston.
- 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 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.
- Conduct activities related to building and maintaining partnerships with local first responders and conduct community advocacy
- Assist Outreach Manager in program development and evaluation
- Attend and participate in AAC, collaborator and funder meetings and trainings.
- Perform related duties and projects as assigned.
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