NHC Position Type
The National Health Corps member serving with Legal Council for Health Justice will leverage resources to expand our capacity to remove legal barriers to health for low-income patients at the agency’s Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP). Our MLPs bring the attorney and medical provider together, in the medical center setting, to address health harming legal issues confronted by our clients. This initiative will increase the availability and delivery of free legal services to people from highly vulnerable populations such as those impacted and at increased risk of HIV, diabetes, chronic high blood pressure and Hepatitis C. Through these efforts, it is our goal to address the social determinants of health through a medical-legal lens.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
The major duties of the Member include, serving alongside the MLP attorney to increase our ability to provide legal services to address health harming legal needs. This member will support the Howard Brown Health Legal Clinic and the Christian Community Health Center (CCHC) Legal Clinic. In this capacity they will:
- Increase outreach, education, and engagement for our most vulnerable clients and those who traditionally experience discrimination and the impacts of social, structural, and health inequities including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. The member will have access to the clients for the duration of their time serving on this project, in-person during legal clinic hours and at community events and via phone and video conferencing.
- Provide screening and intake of the client/patients for our MLPs.
- Provide data collection and analyzing for trends and impact of our services.
- Member will have the flexibility to work with their supervisor to tailor many activities to their specific area of interest to ensure they have a fulfilling, meaningful, and impactful experience.
- Developing new program or services to address community needs
- Modifying organizational systems/practices to improve service efficiency and/or effectiveness
- Building relationships with community partners
- Engaging stakeholders to understand goals, needs, priorities, challenges, and opportunities
- Developing communications messages/strategies
- Screening and intake of the client/patients for our MLPs.
- Data collection and analyzing for trends and impact of our services.
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
- Familiar with health equity-related issues
- Multi-tasker; able to balance
- Able to communicate effectively with individuals or diverse backgrounds and identities
- Able to handle sensitive and confidential client information in a professional manner.
- A passion for fighting systemic injustice; serving people with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and mental health diagnoses;
- LCHJ is an Equal Opportunity employer: people of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and strongly encouraged to apply;
- Relevant experience includes not only professional advocacy on behalf of others, but personal experience with poverty, chronic illness, HIV, mental illness, public housing or other issues affecting our client population;
Knowledge Required for the Position
- Knowledge of AmeriCorps/Health Corps member requirements
- Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options.
- The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required
- The supervisor will meet regularly with the member to review progress on program goals.
- Completed projects are reviewed very generally to determine that objectives have been met and are in compliance with policies and regulations.
- Supervisor will provide regular feedback through weekly one on one meetings.
- Guidelines are generally applicable, but the member independently makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations
- Member has to develop, analyze, or evaluate information before the service position can progress
- Unusual service hours, involving evenings, weekends, or long shifts
This position provides for the member to serve on some weekends or evenings (typically once per month)
The member is required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or eligible for a waiver.