Community Healthlink

Nurse Practitioner-Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project-Medical

US-MA-Worcester
PCN#
5989
# Positions
1
Category
Nursing

Overview

 

HOAP - Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project:  Many years ago Community Healthlink recognized that so many of the homeless in our society also battle mental illness, and often a substance abuse problem. In 1985, the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Project was established with a commitment to link the region's homeless to a complement of services that would offer:

Screenings, assessments, counseling, health care, rehabilitation, and referral to other support systems performed.  In addition, a physician and registered nurses and nurse practitioners perform medical evaluations at HOAP's primary care clinic, 72 Jaques Ave., Worcester. They visit area shelters to evaluate and refer people for treatment. A psychiatrist and a team of licensed clinicians perform mental health screenings and offer counseling and medications. Case Management staff helps clients to enroll in available health insurance programs, access health care and social security benefits, and resolves other benefits-related issues.

 

Outreach performed by HOAP staff is done in the community, through a variety of shelters and other emergency care programs. Staff also seeks to establish contact with the homeless at vacant lots, and even along railroad tracks and bridges. Basic services are also available at HOAP's primary care clinic and staff offices.

 

HOAP also offers services in partnership with other local health care providers such as the Great Brook Valley Health Center and Family Health Center in Worcester.

 

In addition to its counseling and support services, staff helps manage scattered-site housing in the Worcester area for unaccompanied homeless adults and at-risk families including:

 

Supportive Housing HIV, Homelink, Shelter + Care, Rental Assistance HIV, and Leasing Assistance/CSPECH

Responsibilities

 

  • Provides medical assessment and completes diagnostic exams for HOAP patients.
  • Orders diagnostic tests and referrals as indicated.
  • Develops comprehensive medical care plans.
  • Prescribes medications as indicated and monitors effectives.
  • Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • May be asked to deliver care at outreach locations.
  • Works in a scheduled and urgent care capacity.
  • Completes all documentation in a timely manner.
  • Current in best practices for primary care.
  • Works well with special populations.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree required
  • Valid Nurse Practitioner License.
  • Prior experience working in a primary care or medical capacity.
  • Knowledgeable about issues of homelessness and special health care needs of this population.
  • Works well with a multi-disciplinary model.
  • Familiar with diagnostic equipment and testing.
  • Comfortable using computers.
  • Strong documentation skills.
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check

Community Healthlink is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
If applicable, Community Healthlink shall also abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability. These regulations require affirmative action by Community Healthlink to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

 

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