Research Aide

Maryland, United States
$12.76 -$14.64 
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/01/CA
Starting Salary Range: $12.76 -$14.64 
Status:  Casual/Oncall
Department name: Health, Behavior & Society 
Work Schedule:  Monday & Tuesday 9:30-6:30, Wednesday 9:30-8:30,Thursday 9:30-3:30, Friday 9:30-4:30 (occasional evenings and weekends)
Location: 908 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society is  currently hiring two peer navigators to work as a part of a large community-level intervention aimed to reduce HIV risk and increase community cohesion among female sex workers in Baltimore, MD. The intervention is largely centered around promoting the services at a full service drop-in Center for sex workers, called SPARC.

Peer navigators will provide support for a PrEP initiation and adherence program, PEARL, based out of SPARC Women’s Center. Navigators will provide direct support to women starting and maintaining PrEP usage, through a number of interactions including face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and logistical support (e.g., appointment scheduling, arranging transportation, accompaniment to medical appointment.). Navigators will also help conduct PrEP focused engagement sessions, in an effort to shift social norms and develop support around PrEP initiation and adherence. Navigators will undergo extensive training to understand existing CDC guidelines for PrEP, frameworks for trauma informed care, and structural barriers for PrEP adherence.

In addition, peer navigators will be asked to conduct community outreach, in groups of 2 or more, to promote SPARC Women’s Center in Pigtown. Navigators will promote the Center, as well as conduct HIV/STI prevention and harm reduction education, and distribute condoms, resource lists, Center promotional items, as well as calendars and flyers detailing Center activities. Navigators will also be trained to administer and distribute Naloxone, an injectable medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids (i.e. heroin, oxycontin, fentanyl). All outreach activities will take place in Pigtown, Carrol Park, Mount Clare, and Brooklyn of South Baltimore.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Support women engaged in PEARL through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and logistical support (e.g., appointment scheduling, arranging transportation, accompaniment to medical appointment.)
  • Document interactions with PEARL participants to fully characterize the peer navigation approach to adherence support
  • Facilitate small group sessions focused around barriers/facilitators of PrEP uptake and adherence, structural barriers, and healthcare access.
  • Garner feedback about center programming, intervention’s delivery format, and group session teaching modalities, to inform intervention implementation
  • Engage in harm reduction-based street outreach, promoting SPARC Center services and events, distributing promotional items, and providing harm reduction education.
  • Distribute Naloxone, train community members on its use and benefits.
  • Work in the Drop-In Center assisting with client intake, laundry services, shower services, and addiction management services.
  • Other duties as assigned


High School Diploma or GED preferred.


  • Experience working with diverse populations including the sex worker population, prior case management and field work experience and prior experience with outreach work desired.
  • Successful candidates will undergo training sessions prior to working in the community.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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