AmeriCorps Application 2021- 2022

 

   

Thank you for your interest in serving with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)’s AmeriCorps team! BHCHP is seeking 13 civically-minded individuals to serve in 2021-2022. This is full-time service position, requiring 1,700 hours from September 2021 through July 2022. The program is dependent on a yearly funding award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

 

A complete BHCHP AmeriCorps Member Application will include:

  • Complete our online application
    • Included in our online application is a reference section. Please select three people who know you well and who are familiar with your personal background, education, employment, and/or professional skills. You should not ask a family member, peer, classmate, co-worker, or friend to serve as a reference. Consider asking work supervisors, professors, coaches, or someone else familiar with your motivation and community involvement. You do not need to ask each reference to submit a letter of reccomnedation at this time, we are only asking for their contact information.
  • Submited resume
    • Cover letters are not required, as the online application allows candidates the opportunity to expand on their interests and motivations for applying.

Please note that this application will close on May 14, 2021.

 

Open Positions:

  • OBAT Care Coordinator: The AmeriCorps Suboxone Care Coordinator will provide coordination and case management services to patients enrolled in, or referred to, BHCHP’s Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) program at BMC Clinic, a large walk-in outpatient clinic. OBAT connects patients to FDA-approved medication for opioid use disorder, with admission to the program based on eligibility, as well as continued involvement and compliance with program requirements. The AmeriCorps Suboxone Care Coordinator will also manage referrals to the OBAT program and conduct screeners. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with OBAT and clinic staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Care Coordinator will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • South Hampton Shelter Clinic Care Coordinator: The AmeriCorps Care Coordinator will provide care coordination and health education to individuals served by our clinic at Southampton Shelter with the goal of improving patients’ overall health and well-being. This will include making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, accompanying patients to external appointments, and more. The AmeriCorps Care Coordinator will also provide general health education to patients based on the needs and issues they present with, above and beyond the AmeriCorps team initiatives. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with clinic staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Trans Care Coordinator: The AmeriCorps Trans Care Coordinator will provide care coordination to BHCHP patients who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, with the goal of improving patients’ overall health, well-being, and quality of life. In their capacity as the Trans Care Coordinator, the member will be responsible for making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, and more. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with case managers and clinical staff, as needed. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Behavioral Health Care Coordinator/Health Educator:

    The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) serves individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater Boston area. BHCHP recognizes that there is a correlation between mental health and homelessness. To respond to the needs of our patients, BHCHP has formed a Behavioral Health team of providers.  The AmeriCorps Behavioral Health Care Coordinator/Health Educator will provide care coordination and health education to individuals served by our program with the goal of improving patients’ overall health and well-being. The AmeriCorps Behavioral Health Care Coordinator will collaborate closely with the Behavioral Health Team to support and navigate patients through the healthcare system. The Behavioral Health Care Coordinator will administer depression screenings for patients using the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 forms in both the BHCHP inpatient and outpatient settings.  In addition, the Behavioral Health Care Coordinator will visit BHCHP sites on a weekly basis to provide health education and information of Behavioral Health and Diabetes services. The member will also serve as a core member of the BHCHP Diabetes Team, helping to facilitate and coordinate support groups, provide 1-on-1 health education to patients, and coordinate diabetes care. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

     

 

  • Child Development Coordinator/Family & Youth Partner: Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is a non-profit, community health center that provides primary care and behavioral health services to homeless individuals and families. Our patients face numerous barriers to appropriate health care, including social disenfranchisement, financial limitations, lack of transportation, and cultural and language barriers. Among the most vulnerable of the patients we serve are homeless children who are living at family shelters and motels with their parents. In collaboration with the BHCHP Family Team, the Member will devise and implement a system for screening homeless children for health and mental health needs, a service that is not normally provided to these patients. This would involve identifying appropriate methods for screening for pressing medical, developmental and behavioral concerns. In addition, they would collaborate with doctors, nurses, and case managers at to determine how to best implement screening protocols. In addition to coordinating child development activities, the Member will also serve as a Family & Youth Partner, providing care coordination to families and youth experiencing homelessness at assigned program clinics. This will include making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, completing home visits, and more. The Member will also provide general health education to patients based on the needs and issues they present with. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Clinical Measures Specialist: This position is shared between two roles in our shelter-based clinic at St. Francis House, a day program for adults experiencing homelessness. The Clinical Measures Specialist based out of SFH, will support all patients assessing immunizations and screenings, ensuring documentation of any steps taken toward this end in the EMR. It is anticipated that beginning early fall the member will also train and coordinate volunteers providing foot care to the general clinic population. The second role that the member will serve as is the SFH Care Coordinator. In this role the member will provide case management and health education to individuals served by our program with the goal of improving patients’ overall health and well-being. This position is dependent on having the AmeriCorps member to provide care coordination to patients who otherwise would not receive these services. This will include making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with application or enrollment steps, safely accompanying patients to external appointments, and more. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronical medical record and maintaining close communication with staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Care Coordinator will fulfill marginal functions around patient education managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Immigrant Health Care Coordinator: The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP)  has created a multidisciplinary Immigrant Health Committee to identify and develop strategies to make BHCHP’s service more accessible and responsive to the needs of immigrant patients. Amid the rising number of patients in need, the AmeriCorps Immigrant Health Care Coordinator will serve as a crucial link between immigrant patients and health care providers and resources. The AmeriCorps Immigrant Health Care Coordinator will ensure BHCHP’s immigrant patients are welcomed and guided to the appropriate internal services, or referred to appropriate external agencies The AmeriCorps Immigrant Health Care Coordinator will collaborate closely with a panel of high-needs immigrant patients, assisting them in navigating the health care system, ensuring that they have access to the benefits for which they are eligible, facilitating referrals to specialty care, etc. The Member will interact with patients from the primary care teams in both the BHCHP outpatient and inpatient clinics as well as meeting patients at other BHCHP clinics sites. Responsibilities of the Immigrant Health Care Coordinator also include organizing and supporting aspects of the Oasis Clinic; creating and promoting health education resources. In addition, the member will have the opportunity to  recruit and manage volunteers who support the clinic.Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with clinical staff, as needed. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers (currently on hold due to COVID19 restrictions), training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Patient Recovery Navigator/Stacy Kirkpatrick House Patient Activities Coordinator: This position is shared between two BHCHP clinics – The Stacy Kirkpatrick House, a long term inpatient facility for adults experiencing homelessness, as well as our BMC Clinic, a large walk-in outpatient clinic. The first role that the member will serve in is as Recovery Support Navigator. This member will support patients in the clinic with identifying resources for support groups, treatment services and community resources with the goal of increasing patient access to these services.The second role that the member will serve as is the SKH Patient Activities Coordination. In is role the member is responsible for managing and coordinating all recreational activities that take place for patients participating in the Kirkpatrick House, a service that would not otherwise be provided to our patients. Activities – including arts and crafts, nature walks, support and life skills groups, and therapy dog visits – help our patients socialize and create community, as well as express themselves in creative and constructive ways. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with and clinic staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Care Coordinator will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Pine Street Inn Clinic Care Coordinator: The AmeriCorps Care Coordinator will provide case management and health education to individuals served by our clinic at PSI Men’s Inn with the goal of improving patients’ overall health and well-being. This will include making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, accompanying patients to external appointments, and more. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with clinic staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, potentially managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.THIS ROLE REQUIRES MEMBER TO BE IN-PERSON DAILY

 

  • Respite Housing Specialist: BHCHP serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, which contribute significant barriers to health care. Respite Housing Specialist will assess Barbara McInnis House (BMH) patients referred by case managers for their housing needs. In collaboration with patients and housing program staff, the AmeriCorps Housing Coordinator will assist patients in applying to housing options and will manage all follow up communications through discharge. The Member will become familiar with the housing systems in Boston by serving as a liaison to community resources. The Member will provide direct care coordination for patients navigating the complex housing system, providing increased promotion of existing resources and creating new materials and processes. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Womens Health Initiative Care Coordinator: Representing one-third of BHCHP’s patient population, women are among the most vulnerable subgroups of the homeless population, with high incidences of mental illness, physical and sexual trauma, substance use disorder, acute illnesses and chronic health problems. Poverty influences the existence of various underlying risk factors for cancer, yet low-income patients face significant disparities in early detection, a fact that is reflected in the percentage of patients receiving recommended screenings and late stage diagnoses. Given the heightened threats to their health, BHCHP is committed to reversing this curve by undertaking a new Women’s Health Initiative designed to improve access to high quality, culturally affirming care for women experiencing homelessness. Responsibilities the Women’s Health Initiative AmeriCorps Member includes organizing and supporting aspects of the HER Saturday Clinic (currently on hold due to covid); managing and ordering women-centered supplies and materials (i.e. feminine hygiene products, underwear, etc.); creating and promoting resources around safety, intimate partner violence, etc.; and supporting women-centered quality initiatives through patient follow-up and health promotion. The Women's Health Initiative Care Coordinator will also provide case management/care coordination and health education to women served by our clinics with the goal of improving patients’ overall health and well-being. This will include making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, accompanying patients to external appointments, and more. Additional duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with clinic staff. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Women's Health Initiative Care Coordinator will fulfill required BHCHP AmeriCorps responsibilities around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

  • Patient Activities Coordinator/ Overdose Prevention Health Educator: The AmeriCorps Patient Activities Coordinator/Overdose Prevention Health Educator will facilitate activities for adult experiencing homelessness recuperating in the Barbara McInnis House, with the goal of improving patients’ overall health, well-being, and quality of life. In their capacity as the Overdose Prevention Health Educator the member will be responsible for making referrals, finding resources, assisting patients with applications or enrollment steps, accompanying patients to external appointments, and more. The second half of this position will be dedicated to facilitating patient activities at BHCHP’s medical respite facility, the Barbara McInnis House, a service that would not otherwise be provided to patients without the Member.Duties include entering necessary information into the electronic medical record and maintaining close communication with case managers and clinical staff, as needed. In addition to these core responsibilities, the Member will fulfill marginal functions around patient education, managing volunteers, training, service projects, and data reporting. The AmeriCorps member will not provide health services related to prohibited items.

 

 

AmeriCorps programs provide equal service opportunities. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to class, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, disability, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. We encourage applications from individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service upon request.

If you have questions, please call Esther Kawesa, AmeriCorps Program Director, 857-654-1033 or email americorps@bhchp.org.

Please note: This form must be completed in one sitting. We suggest you copy and paste the form questions into a word document if needed to work on the application.

Thank you for your interest in serving with BHCHP!

Personal Information
Date of Birth: *
Format: 06/17/2021
Are you 18 years or older? (Note: Documentation of age will be required upon acceptance to the program?)
Are you a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. (Note: Documentation of citizenship status will be required upon acceptance to the program?)
What is your highest level of education that you will have completed by September 2020?
Please list any languages (not English) that you are proficient in, describe your proficiency with speaking and writing separately, and describe whether you have used the language in a workplace or educational setting.
Please select which position you would like to be considered for. See application description above for open positions.
Are you available full time from September 2021 through July 2022?
For one position it is preferable for the AmeriCorps member to have access to a reliable car. Do you have a car?
How did you hear about BHCHP’s AmeriCorps program (please be as specific as possible)?
Current Address:
Current Address:
Permanent Address:
Permanent Address:
Service Experience
Describe a service experience you have had, why you got involved, and how it affected you.
Have you previously served in AmeriCorps?
If so, did you complete your term of service?
If so, please list the AmeriCorps organization and dates of service. Also include a contact person name and email here (AmeriCorps contact can also be listed as a reference below)
Files must be less than 100 MB.
Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.
Application Essays
Your candid answers to the following questions will help both you and BHCHP examine your readiness to recommitment to the AmeriCorps program. Please limit each response to 500 words.
Why do you want to serve as an AmeriCorps member? What specifically motivates you to serve with BHCHP?
Senior Member questions
Please reflect on your first year of service with BHCHP's AmeriCorps program. Please consider including lessons learned, shifts in thinking, successes, etc. This question is for current BHCHP AmeriCorps members interested in serving another year. If you are applying to the program and are not a current member do not answer this question and move to the next section.
Please compose a brief and cohesive statement explaining your motivation for serving a second year with BHCHP's AmeriCorps program. Please include three goals or objectives you hope to complete in your second year. This question is for current BHCHP AmeriCorps members interested in serving another year. If you are applying to the program and are not a current member do not answer this question and move to the next section.
This question is for current BHCHP AmeriCorps members interested in serving another year. If you are applying to the program and are not a current member do not answer this question and move to the next section.
Professional References
Please provide the names of 3 people in your field who you know and can provide information regarding your job related capabilities. At least one reference must be from a supervisor.
Electronic Signature
The information contained in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.
The information contained in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge.