The Health fellow will work closely with the Service Management team at Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ), under the supervision and guidance of the Associate Site Director. 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. This position is specifically looking for someone to bring a diverse background for a cross-cultural exchange to this work.
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.
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, and Central America. Covenant House has served more than 600,000 young people in its 30-year history.
CHNJ has programs located in four major communities, Atlantic City, Newark, Elizabeth, and Montclair. With 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.
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree*
- Experience working with youth and/or homeless population*
- Proficiency in written and verbal English*
- Proficiency in using various computer programs, such as Microsoft Office programs*
- Ability to work with a team and independently*
- Experience in medical case management
- Past experience in working with the age population that we serve (age 18-21)
- 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 2 years of cumulative work, volunteering, or internship experience.
Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics
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Note: these vary depending on placement country and citizenship.