GENERAL SUMMARY: The Refugee Health Promotion Coordinator (RHPC) is a staff member of the Kentucky Office for Refugees (KOR), a department of Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc. and reports directly to the State Refugee Health Coordinator (SRHC). KOR is designated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to administer statewide funding for the refugee resettlement program in Kentucky and serves as the State Refugee Coordinator’s Office. KOR administers funding for post-resettlement services to promote self-sufficiency and community integration.
The RHPC works with the State Refugee Health Coordinator to coordinate health care providers, mental health providers, refugee resettlement agencies, community-based organizations and refugee communities to identify and address health care needs of refugee populations through education, outreach, and health planning. The RHPC is expected to identify and help remove specific barriers to health care access, ongoing care, education and emotional wellness services, and assist resettlement agencies, health providers, and other community providers to develop and implement programs and services for the purpose of improving health outcomes in refugee populations. The RHPC will develop coordination activities to support refugee resettlement agencies and clinics address behavioral health and emotional wellness challenges in the refugee community. The RHPC must be skilled in communication and will maintain relationships with resettlement agencies, refugee community leaders, clinical service providers, and community partners. The RHPC will manage the Refugee Health Promotion Grant; develop and coordinate trainings and workshops for diverse audiences to improve services for refugee clients; coordinate a community health worker project; demonstrate ability to work independently and cross-culturally, and articulate refugee client barriers to accessing health care.
The RHPC will provide technical assistance and program development, including researching and sharing best practices, on health education and advocacy for refugees. The RHPC will work to provide technical assistance to support the healthcare community in addressing specific needs of the refugee community in language access and trauma informed care, increasing refugees’ ability to effectively access the U.S. healthcare system. Based in Louisville, the RHPC will help plan and coordinate education and access activities across counties where refugees are resettled, and maintain relationships with partners in each site. This includes Warren, Daviess, Fayette, and Jefferson counties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS:
1. Refugee Health Promotion Grant a. Manages the Refugee Health Promotion Grant awarded annually by ORR, including oversight of all sub-awards and contracts to partners using this funding. The two key components of the Refugee Health Promotion program are health literacy and access to health and emotional wellness services. b. Researches and develops the Refugee Health Promotion Grant proposal and creates biannual and final reports for submission i. Meets with community health partners, resettlement agency staff and directors and other potential grant contributors and receives their sub-award proposals to develop a single federal grant narrative and budget; provides analysis and technical assistance to finalize sub-awardee proposal packages based on identified needs. ii. Monitors and evaluates all grant activities, program objectives, and outcomes to ensure quality and timely grant program deliverables.
2. Mental Health and Health Access a. Identify barriers to refugees’ access to physical and mental health services and engage in efforts with the SRHC and appropriate health and social service agencies to remove these barriers. b. Identify and develop partnerships with mental health providers around the state. c. Implements ongoing classes and trainings, including emotional wellness or adjustment groups, to improve wellness for clients that are effective, consistent and realistic, in partnership with resettlement agencies, refugee health assessment clinics and other health partners. d. Attend meetings with healthcare organizations and/or with healthcare partners to advocate for refugee inclusion.
3. Health Education a. Assesses health and mental health education needs of refugee communities through a collaborative process with refugee communities, healthcare and mental health providers, resettlement agencies and social service providers. b. Develops and makes available health and mental health education materials; provide guidance, planning and evaluation support for health education activities. c. Serves as a health education resource for agencies providing services to refugees. Specific activities may include supplementing initial health care orientation and convening regular/special meetings onsite to share information, resources/materials, or exercises, including responding to agency requests that could assist in the provision of health education. d. Provides information, training and coordinates outside educational opportunities for health care professionals, state officials, and other stakeholders on National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards and other refugee health issues.
4. Partnership, Outreach and Communication a. Maintain consistent and clear communication with all partners, including resettlement agencies, health care providers, and other community partners. b. Ability to prioritize duties to address most urgent needs first; namely those of the resettlement agencies and RHA clinics. c. Continuously seek out, develop, and maintain new relationships with potential health partners throughout Kentucky in partnership with the SRHC. d. Take initiative to make contacts, set up meetings, and regularly visit each resettlement site throughout the state as appropriate.
5. Program Administration a. Manages and oversees any other health related grant, as assigned by the SRHC. Develops and assists with submission of reports to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and other funders. b. Organizes meetings with appropriate stakeholders; including identification of partner agencies, coordination of program activities, and program planning. c. Identifies funding opportunities, and develops grant applications, with active participation of stakeholders, that will support the expansion of the refuge health education and access program. d. Other duties as assigned.