Website The University of British Columbia
The Community Health Associate (CHA) operates as a member of a diverse multidisciplinary and collaborative research team. The CHA recruits and prescreens potential participants; conducts structured interviews; and supports point-of-care testing and self-specimen collection for HIV and STIs (swab or urine samples) and outreach activities connecting people with community services and supports. An Evaluation of Sex Workers’ Health Access (AESHA) is a UBC/SFU community-based cohort study of the health and occupational rights of women (cis and trans) sex workers across diverse working environments in Metro Vancouver and is housed at the CGSHE. This multilingual position is dedicated to supporting im/migrant sex workers.
- Participates in knowledge translation presentations to community organizations as needed. Assists with training staff on data collection protocols as needed.
- Refers all positive or reactive results directly to the Sexual Health Research Nurse who oversees any follow-up testing, reporting of results, and treatment follow-up with the study physician, BCCDC, and in accordance with provincial STI and HIV guidelines.
- Ensures policies and procedures for data management are followed and all documents are entered and filed as required by ethical guidelines.
- Responsible for processing participant honoraria, including paying participant and recording honoraria for daily float reconciliation.
- Conducts and processes specimen collection of HIV and STIs: both processing of self-collected swabs or urine-samples, under the direction and supervision of the STI-certified Sexual Health Research Nurse.
- Reviews questionnaires for completeness and accuracy.
- Conducts quantitative structured interviews with eligible participants and performs outreach for follow up interviews.
- Conducts pre/post-test HIV counseling and rapid point-of care testing (in accordance with Point Of Care training for allied and non-allied health professionals by BCCDC).
- Prescreens potential research subjects according to study protocols and enrolls eligible participants.
- Adheres to informed consent procedures and ethical guidelines for research involving human subjects.
- Transports blood and urine samples to St. Paul’s Hospital as needed. Support outreach work and interviewing with our cohort of Mandarin-speaking immigrant women.
- Conducts outreach and interviews off site at community services and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g. massage parlours, drop-in centres, shelters, non-profit residences, private SROs, health care facilities, public spaces in inner city setting) using approved transportation options.
- Recruits potential participants, provides information and answers questions about research studies.
- Completion of basic sexual health training, including STI/HIV knowledge, for allied and non-allied health professionals (e.g. Options for Sexual Health; BCCDC; or CATIE; HIV pre/post testing counseling and point-of care training for allied and non-allied health professionals (BCCDC); and Transfer of Dangerous Goods training. Multilingual (Mandarin) skills and Class 5 BC Driver’s License required.
- Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written. Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict management / crisis resolution skills. Organized with meticulous attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently following SOPs, while taking supervision and direction from coordinators, and within a diverse team environment.
- Flexibility in hours in hours and willingness to work across CGSHE offices and community to support outreach and recruitment.
- Familiarity with Metro Vancouver (for Outreach) and community services related to sexual health, HIV and sex work. Knowledge of services for youth an asset.
- Demonstrated computer skills including experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and proficiency with data entry.
- Excellent time management and data entry skills.
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrates professional judgment when supporting participants and referring to appropriate services.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- Knowledge and skills to work with diverse community collaborators, service providers and other stakeholders. We are prioritizing BIPOC and LGBTQ/2S people, as well as other grounded expertise with human rights, sexual health, and reproductive justice lens.
- High School diploma or equivalent training required. Bachelor’s degree in health care, social services or social sciences preferred.
- Minimum two (2) years’ experience in frontline/ community services experience with marginalized communities we serve.
- Strong gender and social equity lens and knowledge and experience with marginalized and stigmatized populations (e.g. Indigenous and other racialized communities, homeless communities, migrant and refugee communities, gender and sexual minority populations).
- Lived experience of relevant affected communities a strong asset.
- Experience with semi structured or structured interviewing techniques an asset.
- Community-based research experience or training is an asset.
- Current CPR and naloxone administration training an asset.
Company: The University of British Columbia
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Vancouver, BC, USA
Application Deadline: N/A