The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW (Relay Program)
The Non-fatal Overdose Response System (NORS) is a new initiative providing 24/7 support to individuals transported to hospital emergency departments (EDs) following a non-fatal overdose. The Wellness Advocate will visit patients in the ED to provide immediate support and overdose prevention training following an overdose event and offer ongoing support and linkage to care for a maximum of three months after hospital discharge.
The Wellness Advocate will visit patients in the ED to provide immediate support and overdose prevention training following an overdose event and offer ongoing support and linkage to care for a maximum of three months after hospital discharge.
Use her/his lived experience with substance use to provide support to participants in the ED following a non-fatal opioid overdose and introduce the Relay program to participants, obtaining consent for follow up services.
Coordinate and monitor the implementation of Relay to assigned emergency department (ED) and the referrals to community services.
Provide technical assistance and train ED staff on program implementation, policies and procedures.
Closely collaborates with ED staff and community partnerships on continued utilization of the Relay program.
Conduct overdose prevention trainings with participants and their social networks including naloxone distribution.
Contact and engage participants within 24-hours following hospital discharge.
Provide participants with support and assist with linkage to care and community resources for a maximum of 90 days following hospital discharge. Accompany participants to appointments as required.
Provide information on and offer appropriate referral options to harm reduction programs, medication assisted treatment, and other drug treatment and supportive services as requested.
Maintain detailed records of participant contacts and follow-up activities.
Collect and report program data to evaluate program performance
Assist in the development of Relay program policies
A Wellness Advocate possesses first-hand lived experience using substances and is eager to draw from their own personal history in order to provide support through risk reduction counseling, naloxone training, and linkage to care for those experiencing a non-fatal opioid overdose in the Emergency Department.
Certified Peer Recovery Advocate (CRPA) or commensurate experience of at least two years in the human service field
Familiarity and openness to the principles of harm reduction
Familiarity and openness to a range of drug treatment modalities including medication assisted treatment
Willingness to travel within the five boroughs
Strong communication and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse populations
Ability to work effectively as part of a team
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office
SALARY AND BENEFITS
FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.
There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.
The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.