University of Rochester Deaf2 Outreach Assistant in Rochester, New York
Time as Reported Grade 001 Dept Desc Ntl Ctr Deaf Hlth Rsch (NCDHR)
9 AM-4:30 PM
The mission of the Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC): National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) is to promote health and prevent disease with populations of deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss through community-based participatory research. The involvement of community members in all phases of research and programs is fundamental to the Center’s work.
There is a time-as-reported or TAR opportunity available to become an Outreach Assistant for the Deaf2 (“Deaf-squared”) Project at NCDHR. The Deaf2 Project uses a deaf-to-deaf approach to provide pre- and post-test counseling for HIV tests in partnership with local HIV testing sites, and also maintains an online Informational Video Library in American Sign Language, and operates a Videophone Warm-Line staffed by a Deaf counselor who can answer questions about safe sex, STIs, and HIV. The Outreach Assistant will build relationships with Deaf community partners and agencies, present about the Deaf2 project to a variety of diverse Deaf and hearing audiences, plan events to promote knowledge of HIV testing and outreach about Deaf2 project, and be familiar with safe sex, STIs, and HIV topics including risk reduction behaviors and prevention.
- Contact partners and agencies: build relationships with Deaf community partners and agencies through frequent contacts via videophone, email, etc. Maintain a contact list of names and agencies who are potential partners and/or would like to receive more information or a presentation about the project.
- Plan events with partners and agencies to promote knowledge of HIV testing and outreach about Deaf2project. Maintain a calendar of outreach activities/events. Coordinate with Deaf2 team to identify other co-presenters for activities/events that are scheduled.
- Conduct outreach presentations and activities: Prepare slides/content and conduct presentations off site at community agencies, club meetings, campus venues, and other locations. Educate about the Deaf2 project to a variety of diverse Deaf and hearing audiences. Maintain a working knowledge about safe sex, STIs, and HIV topics including risk reduction and healthy behaviors, which will be part of presentations/activities.
- Participate in weekly project team meetings (1 hour each) to maintain knowledge about the scope and progress of the project. Participate in meetings with HIV testing sites to establish community relationships, become knowledgeable of clinic procedures and community characteristics.
- Participate in creating vlogs/videos to promote project activities and events. Work with project staff to write scripts for vlog production. Participate in vlog filming (on-camera) to advertise upcoming events and promote health education.
- Participate in training sessions to learn more about Deaf2, STI and HIV testing and prevention. Attend ongoing relevant trainings throughout the project, as needed and required.
- Complete other duties as assigned and identified by the Deaf2 project team.
- An Associates’ Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is required.
- Experience and familiarity with Deaf culture and deaf health is required. Specific experience with community outreach and health education is preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other Deaf2 team members and community partners is required.
- Must be able to effectively engage and inform community members from diverse backgrounds including gender identity, sexual identity, culture, communication, race, ethnicity.
- The Outreach Assistant must be willing to accept responsibility for highly sensitive matters, practice strict confidentiality procedures, and adhere to ethical principles.
- The Outreach Assistant should be motivated to learn and to share information about healthy choices and behavior change, and knowledge of HIV, HIV care, and/or sexual health is highly preferred.
- Must be punctual, reliable, willing to have a flexibleschedule – there is no guaranteed minimum number of hours per week; hours will depend on project needs and community events.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Job Title: Deaf2 Outreach Assistant
Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Job ID: 214065
Full/Part Time: TAR