The Center for Indigenous Health (CIH) is located administratively within the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There are also satellite offices located in the Southwest and Great Lakes regions of the Midwest where much of our community-engaged work is done. CIH employs over 250 staff and faculty, has 10 distinct satellite offices and an annual operating budget of $25 million. The core activities housed at CIH include research studies of behavioral/ mental health, infectious diseases, a graduate and doctoral training and scholarship program and wide array of public health service activities. More information about the CIH can be found here: Home - Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health (jhu.edu)
Family Spirit Program Overview
Since 1995, CIH has worked with Tribal communities to develop, evaluate, and disseminate the Family Spirit Program. Family Spirit is an evidence-based and culturally tailored home-visiting intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals as an Indigenous solution to supporting young Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum. Parents gain knowledge and skills to achieve optimum development for their preschool-aged children across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language learning, and self-help. The Family Spirit Core Curriculum consists of 63 lessons taught from pregnancy to age 3. Additional curriculum modules address emerging needs and specific family circumstances. The Family Spirit Program is currently being used at community sites around the country, with training and technical assistance provided by a team of CIH faculty and staff.
We are seeking a Family Spirit Health Educatorwho will work at the Fort Defiance, AZ (Navajo Nation) CIH office to recruit and serve families with the Family Spirit Program. The position will be supervised by the Fort Defiance site supervisor.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Serve as a Family Spirit Health Educator in Fort Defiance, AZ.
Attend community meetings to represent the project and maintain contacts with community partners.
Recruit eligible participants and enroll them into the Family Spirit Program.
Provide referrals for families to appropriate community resources.
Provide transportation for participants to prenatal and well-baby visits.
Travel to and conduct home-based lessons between 28 weeks' gestation and 3 years postpartum; lessons cover a wide range of maternal and child health topics, with a special focus on culturally relevant content and celebration of local strengths and traditions.
Complete ongoing training and professional development to support effective implementation of the Family Spirit Program.
Document data from participant visits to track all program activities.
Review data for document accuracy and processing as needed.
Work with the rest of project team on duties related to the general conduct of the program and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and progress.
Attend community-based trainings and meetings (travel required)
Update program logs and maintain up-to-date data entry records as needed.
Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Must be comfortable collecting saliva, urine, or blood samples from participants; proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing; excellent organizational and time management skills; independent and self-motivated; highly organized and detail oriented; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated strong, positive interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and within a variety of cultures.
Ability to travel as needed, including overnight trips for extended periods of time.
Valid driver's license issued by the state of residence with a good driving record.
Some flexibility is required to ensure that evening and weekend work is completed for some projects.
This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.
High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
Two years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Native language speaker.
Knowledge of the community geography, ability to locate participant homes and navigate rural roads effectively and safely.
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II Working Title: Family Spirit Health Educator
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $16.75-$23.00-$29.30 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: JHU - Arizona Department name: Center for Indigenous Health Personnel area: School of Public Health
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