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As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.
HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER SOCIAL WORK has an outstanding opportunity for a FULL-TIME PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST (Day Shifts) to support gunshot violence patients seen within the Emergency Department and Inpatient units. Under general supervision, the Peer Support Specialist (Peer Counselor/Community Health Worker) will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and in conjunction with the Department of Social Work in both inpatient and outpatient settings to serve a wide and diverse population of clients who have experienced gunshot violence to provide engagement, coaching, mentoring, and/or social support; helping clients increase health knowledge and be self-sufficient; and acting as a link to health/social services. The Peer Support Specialist will aid in the patient’s physical and psychological recovery by helping the patient to negotiate the complex medical system and connect the with community programs and services designed to remove some of the social determinants of health that may cause recidivism. This position is integrated with a variety of county programs designed to provide assistance with employment opportunities, social support, job training and violence interruption services targeting not only the patient but siblings and family members to reduce retaliatory violence and change any environmental conditions that could lead to violence in the future.
Qualified candidates will have deep roots or shared life experiences with the individuals and communities they serve.
RESPONSIBILITIES: • Serve as a role model and utilize his or her lived experience, plus skills learned in formal training, to assist clients with identifying navigating the health care system during inpatient and outpatient care. Key to this role will be linking our patients to pre-identified community organizations and social programs to assist with job skills, social connections, counseling and other strategies to alter any social determinants of health that could lead to violence recidivism after discharge. • Assist clinical staff with identifying services and activities to help clients attain a healthy and productive lifestyle. Provide culturally appropriate health education and information, participate in disease prevention activities, and collect community- and health-related data. • When working with victims of gunshot violence in King County, will notify the Critical Incident Director/Supervisor of patient arrival at Harborview to prevent potential retaliatory violence and ensure victim and family support. This position will be highly integrated with multiple King County agencies to ensure all patients are assessed for risk and receive safety planning and trauma follow up care on discharge. • Support victims and their families to utilize the supports of the Trauma Center Recovery Services and collaborate to provide culturally relevant community-based follow up support services. • Assist in the coordination with inpatient treatment units to facilitate discharge planning and may assist in the development and implementation of individualized transition plans with each participant; • Administrative, documentation and reporting responsibilities will include attendance at all Zero Youth Detention meetings for updates, implementation and program trainings. Attend any staff meetings and trainings as required by the HMC Department of Social Work. Provide summary narrative of the activities and objectives/outcomes monthly. Maintain clinical records and charts client contact in the electronic medical record. • Perform related duties as required.
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