Position: Pregnancy In-Reach Worker
Program: Healthy Care Pregnancy Program
Posting #: 2311- HCPIW-210427
Location: Richmond & Delta
Closing Date: Open until Filled
Schedule: Weekdays & Evenings
Flexibility as required (28 hrs/wk)
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) is a charitable organization that supports women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.
The Healthy Care Pregnancy Program aims to support pregnant and newly parenting women who use or have used substances and are experiencing risks to their health and wellness both prenatally and up to seven months postpartum. This HCPP in-reach worker meets with women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period, walking alongside her journey, supporting access to basic needs and positive transitions in and out of acute care settings.
Provide client-centred, harm-reduction based services for perinatal women and their families accepted into the HCPP through assessment, intervention and treatment with an emphasis on those women who are at high risk of poor health outcomes.
Make referrals to health providers and resources within the community to optimize use of resources and to facilitate client centered care.
Provide in-and-outreach services to clients and identify high risk situations and provide crisis intervention as needed.
Support access to, and broker services such as medical appointments, hospital access, transportation, and housing and social services.
Identify the health issues, behaviours and challenges for women who use or have used substances, within a framework of the social determinants of health, health promotion, women centered care, harm reduction and prevention.
Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to develop creative strategies to address client challenges. Participates in data collection.
Convene and coordinate meetings with clients, family, service providers and multi-disciplinary team to identify and manage client issues related to mental health issues, services and coordination, and emergent issues to enable a coordinated approach to treatment, on-going follow-up care, and as needed re-engage women.
Act as an advocate to protect and promote clients’ rights to autonomy, respect, privacy, dignity and access to information including as needed with government agencies (MEIA, MCFD), health care providers and landlords.
Collaborate/ consult providing clinical support to stakeholders for continuity of care, addressing treatment concerns, and specialized services and community resources for clients at risk. As needed, support clients addressing and accessing care.
Use established standards to prepare appropriate client records that document client treatment plans including assessments, interventions, goal planning and modifications, and evaluations, inclusive of client information, progress notes, significant event or unusual events, referrals, and evidence and rationale to support findings and treatment.
Participate in committees, task groups, continuing education, and/or community initiatives providing Family Tree Family Centre presentation, input and other information to optimize support for clients and their informal support network to improve health
Maintain up to date knowledge base in perinatal substance use by reviewing literature, consulting with other professionals and attending relevant educational programs.
Carries out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements, reporting unsafe situations immediately.
Promotes development of life-skills by providing information/referrals and practical assistance to women and family for their basic needs and encourages client empowerment and capacity to exercise choice and actively participate in decisions affecting their own health and
Performs other related duties as
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a recognized nursing or social work program and registered with either the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) or BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW).
Two (2) years’ experience working with perinatal clients currently or with a history of substance use.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
Broad knowledge of community services and issues related to perinatal substance use, perinatal care and mental health,
Working experience using harm reduction principles, anti-oppressive practices, and a woman-family centred philosophy
First-Aid Certificate, including CPR-C required
Doctor’s note of fitness required
Satisfactory Criminal Record Review (Vulnerable Sector Search)
Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driver’s abstract required
Proficient in Microsoft office
EFry is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applicants that represent those we serve. We welcome applicants with non-traditional educational backgrounds and field experience.