Health Fellow

Organization Name: Covenant House
Location: Newark, NJ, United States
Eligible Citizenship: Malawi, Other, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia
Role Code: US06-Int

Role Overview

The Health fellow will collaborate closely with the Service Management team at Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ), under the supervision and guidance of the Director of Programs. The Health fellow will conduct physical wellness assessments of all youth that come through our doors in Newark. S/he will connect our young people with the appropriate medical professionals and provide comprehensive medical case management. The Health fellow will also provide wellness programming through the Dove Learning Center. CHNJ is specifically looking for someone to bring a non-traditional background for a cross-cultural exchange to this role.

In keeping Covenant House current with the ever-changing policies and practices of state-funded insurance and private and public hospitals, the Health fellow will also serve as a liaison with these entities and provide updated information to the agency.


  • Provide educational sessions to youth on relevant medical topics utilizing community partners
  • Provide wellness programming to the youth in collaboration with the Dove Learning Center staff
  • Escort youth to medical appointments as necessary
  • Follow up on medical referrals
  • Monitor medications and order refills
  • Update resource information

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Experience working with youth and/or homeless population*
  • Experience with partnership/relationship management, acting as the main point of contact for donors, clients/beneficiaries, or other key stakeholders*
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to ensure internal and external collaborators achieve a time-bound goal or project*
  • Ability to work with a team and independently*
  • Proficiency in using various computer programs, such as Microsoft Office programs* 
  • Experience in medical case management
  • Past experience in working with the age population that we serve (age 18-21)
  • Strong verbal English skills, including experience in training and facilitation
  • Ability to drive a vehicle
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 

Note: Applicants who do not have legal visitor status in the U.S. and will need to be sponsored for a J-1 visa are required to have about two years of cumulative work, volunteering, or internship experience.

About the Organization

Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ) is the largest privately funded provider in the state caring for young people between the ages of 18-21 and housing up to 110 youth per night at various locations. Although a subsidiary of Covenant House International, CHNJ is incorporated separately and governed by its own Board of Directors. As an international agency, Covenant House provides shelter, transitional living, and non-residential services to youth at 20 sites throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Covenant House has served more than 600,000 young people in its 40-year history. 
CHNJ has residential programs located in five major communities, Atlantic City, Newark, Elizabeth, Montclair, and Asbury Park. With additional outreach offices also located in Camden, Jersey City, and Asbury Park. CHNJ responds to the immediate and basic needs of youth by providing a continuum of care. Services are provided 24 hours per day and 365 days per year on a residential and non-residential basis.  Our mission is to serve suffering children of the street, regardless of race, creed, religion, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. Our philosophy of care involves building relationships with each youth and treating them with absolute respect and unconditional love. Through relationship building, we are able to effectively build trust and assist young people to move from a state of hopelessness and helplessness to optimism and independence.

Role Function: Direct Client Service - Non-Medical, Health Promotion / Education, Health Worker or Volunteer Management
Issue Area: Chronic Diseases, Education / Health Education, Healthcare Access

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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Note: these vary depending on placement country and citizenship.

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