Health Advocacy Case Management Intern
Job Title: Intern, Health Advocacy Case Management
Country Profile: US Programs
Location: Tucson, Arizona
The Health Advocate Intern works in close coordination with case workers, refugee clients, and local healthcare providers to coordinate and advocate for the healthcare and preventative health needs of refugee and asylee clients of the International Rescue Committee. Refugees and asylees arrive with a wide range of health concerns including malnutrition, TB, parasitic infections, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness. Upon arrival to the United States, they face a new set of challenges to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and access important community health resources.
- Coordinate scheduling, interpreters and transportation for all new arrivals to establish appropriate PCP and follow-up care.
- Serve as patient advocate, accompany clients to medical appointments, report follow-up and referrals from providers and record all activity as directed.
- Provide training to clients regarding pharmacy services and understanding how to access prescription and over-the-counter medications.
- Assist clients to become self sufficient in accessing transportation to medical appointments by providing trainings and assisting with applications to special transportation services as needed.
- Work closely with Reception and Placement Case Managers to assist clients to find health resources which best meet their needs.
- Reinforce clients’ understanding of treatment instructions, medical service plan, and follow-up care.
- Assist case management with other duties as assigned.
- Pursuing degree in health sciences, social work or possessing equivalent experience.
- Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Understanding and ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
- Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record
- Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester committment
- Minimum commitment of 10 hours/ week for 3 month period
- Primary availability during IRC buiness hours; (M-F, 8:30-5);
Reports To: Resettlement Manager
Submit a resume, cover letter, and internship application to Andrew Jenkins, Internship Coordinator, at VolunteerTucson@Rescue.org. Some positions may require additional documents. Applicants will not be contacted for interviews until all materials are received.
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