Refugee Health Navigator

Posting Number: #1358

Position Title: Refugee Health Navigator

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Sehat Initiative (SI), a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), has been established in response to the humanitarian and healthcare needs of Afghan refugees. The focus of SI is to improve the health and well-being of refugees in California and throughout the United States. Founded by medical and public health experts from within the refugee community, SI serves as a crucial bridge between refugees and their wider medical and social environment. Sehat (صحت), the Afghan/Arabic word for health, foretells a healthy beginning of a new life in the United States. SI projects are implemented in close collaboration with Afghan refugees, community-based organizations, researchers, and academic institutions.

SI is supported by PHI’s Health Interventions for Underserved Populations (HIPUP) program which has served immigrants, minorities, and underserved populations for more than two decades. With the support from PHI’s Developmental Award and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) funded Lotus Project, SI provides technical assistance to service providers working with Afghan refugee children.

Position Summary

The Refugee Health Navigator will work directly in the refugee communities of Sacramento County to build refugees’ understanding of the US health care system, assist clients with accessing services especially those with children under five years old, and support their integration in the society.

The Refugee Health Navigator is a key member of Sehat Initiative and our partner UC Davis Ulysses Refugee Health Research unit, providing client services, outreach, and administrative support for a project serving refugee families with children under the age of five in Sacramento County, California.

This position works closely with staff of Sehat Initiative, First 5 Sacramento, and other Community-Based Organizations that partner with Sehat Initiative to provide support to refugee families with children under the age of five. Responsibilities include but are not limited to client eligibility screenings and systems navigation; administrative support; community outreach; and data collection.

This is a hybrid position, and the employee will be expected to maintain a home-based work location as well as travel to various in-person work sites in Sacramento County, California. In-person work sites include but are not limited to community-based organizations, community events, and more. This position reports to the First 5 funded project director and regularly interfaces with external partners. The Refugee Health Navigator will spend about 75-80% of their time in the community.

This is a part-time 50% FTE position that is expected to work 20 hours per week, from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 with possibility of extension dependent on fund availability.

Pay: $21.88 to $23.39 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is $21.88 to $23.39 per hour (with an approximate annualized salary of $45,515 to $48,651.20, based on 100% FTE). The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

This position is contingent upon project award to PHI.

Employment Type: Part Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct home visits, evaluations, screenings, intakes assessments, follow up assessments, make referrals, case management and track progress of refugee families who have children under the age of five.
  • Discuss physical and mental health needs with clients.
  • Identify common barriers to accessing services available to refugees.
  • Provide training to clients on navigating the system in Sacramento.
  • Collaborate closely with other Community-Based Organizations to identify additional services available to refugees.
  • Help develop and distribute healthcare guides tailored to refugee families with children under five years old.
  • Orient client on mental health to destigmatize the need for mental health.
  • Schedule and facilitate refugee health appointments.
  • Coordinate health plan selection and advocate to healthcare centers on behalf of clients who are having difficulty accessing services.
  • Travel to various in-person work sites in Sacramento County, California.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience with Health, Training, Public Policy, and/or Heath Education.
  • Relevant professional experience in human services field.
  • High School Diploma.

Other Qualifications

  • Lived experience as refugees or asylees strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations preferred.
  • Work experience in Women’s Health and/or Maternal Child’s Health preferred.
  • Familiarity with refugee resettlement process and healthcare programs for refugee families with children under five preferred.
  • Knowledge of language(s) spoken by client group such as Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, and/or Ukrainian is required. Fluency in one or more of these languages is desired.
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is required.
  • Strong relationship building, diplomacy, and networking skills; ability to effectively build internal and external relationships.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work product.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook); ability to use the internet and other digital tools for data entry, research, and problem-solving purposes.
  • Must have the ability to commute to and work in person at various locations in Sacramento County, California.
  • Must have stable internet access and connection in the remote workplace.
  • Ability to do occasional weekend and/or evening work as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, social work or related field of study preferred.

Work Settings and Schedule

  • This is a hybrid position that will require employees to work both remotely (at home) and in-person.
  • Percentage of remote vs. in-person work will vary by assignment and may shift over the course of employment. In-person work locations will be within Sacramento County, CA.
  • This position may require working outdoors under typical seasonal weather conditions; most outdoor work will be in covered areas.
  • Mileage expenses will be reimbursed for all driving done on behalf of PHI beyond the employee’s normal roundtrip commute from home.
  • Typical hours for this nonexempt position are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. This position may be required to work occasional evening and weekend hours in order to staff events or programs scheduled around availability of community members.

Important Information

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