Back Advocacy and Policy Associate - Global Health Corps Fellowship

  • Added Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018

This position is a Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship role. GHC is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Housing Works’ advocacy focuses primarily on social drivers of ongoing HIV epidemics, including poverty, housing instability, food insecurity, and social and economic marginalization. Only by addressing these social drivers can we end the epidemic. The Advocacy and Policy Research Associate will contribute to this work through involvement in community-based participatory research conducted directly by Housing Works and academic partners, by evaluating and documenting successful, cost-effective social and structural HIV prevention and care interventions, and by helping to develop and articulate evidence-based health care delivery and public health policies and advocacy tools. This work includes collaboration with other members of the Housing Works Advocacy and Community Organizing team, external academic partners, and direct service program clients and staff members.

About

Housing Works, a nonprofit founded in 1990 to combat the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS in New York City, has served over 25,000 New Yorkers since its inception. Housing Works provides housing, case management, primary care, job training, preventative services, outreach, legal assistance, and various other supportive services to over 6,000 people each year. Entrepreneurial enterprises, including the Housing Work’s Bookstore Cafe, Thrift Shops, and The Works Catering, support Housing Works’ client services and advocacy efforts. The goal of Housing Works’ founders was not simply the provision of housing; rather, it was to demonstrate models of care that would offer healing to the most marginalized persons living with HIV and AIDS and then advocate for replication of these models as a means of ending the epidemic.

Housing Works’ advocacy and organizing efforts are directed to ending AIDS as an epidemic at the state, national, and global levels, even short of a cure, by dramatically reducing new infections and eliminating AIDS deaths. In New York State, we are hard at work internally, and with others in the community, to realize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York by the year 2020 through full implementation of the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Blueprint. On the national level, we lead the ACT NOW: End AIDS coalition of state and local advocates, providers, and public health officials, and our global work includes support for a demonstration project to address social drivers of HIV, poverty, and inequalities in three Fast Track Cities—Kiev, Lusaka, and Port-au-Prince.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Housing Works providers and academic partners to collect and analyze data to examine outcomes of HIV prevention and treatment interventions designed to address social drivers of HIV risk and health outcomes
  • Conduct research of the existing literature on the social drivers of HIV and summarize results
  • Assist with the development and programming of expert consultations at the state, national, regional, and global levels
  • Develop policy papers and advocacy tools to translate research into effective public policy

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, law, public policy, or related field
  • Public health policy experience, study, research, or other demonstrated interest*
  • Academic or work experience with data or policy analysis and preparation of written findings*
  • Quantitative or qualitative research experience, particularly pertaining to survey design, implementation, and evaluation*
  • Experience working on housing, food security, drug policy, social marginalization, or other social justice issue
  • Demonstrated skill in written communications for internal-facing documents, such as protocols, and external-facing documents, such as manuscripts
  • Experience providing direct client services
  • Experience in data collection
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with consumers and across disciplines
  • Willingness to work in a community-based setting (open office plan) and to interact with culturally diverse clients and direct service staff
  • Acceptance and comfort with a low-threshold, harm reduction approach to service delivery and behavioral health care
  • Project development and management skills
  • Ability to respond to varied policy questions and requests as needed to support agency advocacy campaigns that are constantly evolving

This vacancy is archived.

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