Position Description: Somali Bantu Community Health Worker (CHW)/FSI-R Interventionist
Addressing Mental Health Disparities in Refugee Children: A CBPR Collaboration
RIAC, in partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is looking for an individual from the Somali Bantu community in the Boston area to serve as a community health worker for an ongoing research project on mental health needs among resettled refugee youth.
Role: The Community Health Worker will conduct a home-visiting program (Family Strengthening Intervention-Refugees) with a total of 20 Somali Bantu families in the Boston area. The CHW will participate in training about the purpose of research and conducting the intervention, and will be able to accurately represent the research in the community. The CHW will participate in weekly supervision calls with Harvard personnel, and 1:1 supervision as needed. Additionally, the CHW will complete RIAC andintervention documentation, including fidelity assessments and weekly intervention notes for each family on his/her caseload. The CHW will consult with the on-site clinical supervisor as needed and provide cultural input and consultation with the entire research team.
Expectations: The CHW is expected to have an interest in being actively engaged within the Somali Bantu community. He/she must be willing and able to work with a range of people in the community and on the collaborative research team. The CHW must be fluent in both English and Maay Maay. Written skills in English are necessary; written skills in Maay Maay are beneficial. Strong skills in organization and communication are necessary, as well asinterpersonal skills. The research team expects enthusiastic participation in training and research activities. The CHW must have flexibility in his/herschedule so that we can better accommodate the schedules of our participants. The CHW will work part-time on this project, and will average no more than 20 hours per week.
Commitment: The CHW must be willing and able to commit to initial and ongoing training to build skills necessary for completing the work. The CHW will be supported by the Harvard-based research team members, who will be available for feedback, additional training and logistical support throughout the research period.
Please direct applications and inquiries to Anab Egal Email: Aegal@riacboston.org
June 8 , 2016