Community Health Worker

Yale University


Internal Medicine – Aids Program


University Job Title

Research Associate 2, HSS

Bargaining Unit

None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

If Fixed Duration, Period

1 year from date of hire

If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible?


Other Fixed Duration Date


Compensation Grade

Clinical & Research

Compensation Grade Profile

Research Associate 2 HSS (23)

Wage Ranges

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Searchable Job Family

Research Res Support

Total # of hours to be worked:


Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Work Location

Outside of campus, within Connecticut

Worksite Address

221 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06511

Position Focus:

We are seeking a Community Health Worker (CHW) who will support an NIH-funded research program that works at the intersection of infectious diseases and substance The CHW will provide health engagement and linkage to services to support an NIH grant-funded project related to infectious disease, primarily HIV infection treatment and prevention, and substance use disorders. They will be responsible for providing linkage to economic and other social services. They will be responsible for identifying people who need, or want, access to healthcare, treatment, and other economic and social services and providing linkage to these services. The CHW will perform the majority of their responsibilities being mobile in their designated communities.

Identify needs (e.g., other healthcare, mental health, social, and economic needs) that impact quality of life. Has knowledge of community and clinical resources to make active referrals and provides advocacy in obtaining services. Helps complete applications for services and benefits to obtain additional assistance. Assists patients with making follow-up appointments, filling prescriptions, and meeting other healthcare needs. Meet with people where they live or another place that is private and convenient and conduct rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing, diagnostic testing for opioid use disorder (OUD), other health screening, and assess for other healthcare, social and economic needs. Identify people in their designated communities who need HIV care (antiretroviral medications) or prevention treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), along with other healthcare needs. Provide access to a computer tablet that will connect the person with a telehealth provider who can assess and prescribe medications for HIV and HCV treatment, HIV prevention (PrEP), and opioid use disorder (OUD and overdose prevention along with other relevant health conditions). Function as a member of a rapid response team, as needed, that will bring services and prescribed medications. Will include a driver, Community Health Outreach Coordinator, pharmacist, and a clinician if needed, and will bring the medication(s) to the patient. Enters data related to patient encounters into a database. Performs other duties as assigned within their scope of practice. Must be willing to travel.

Essential Duties

1. Carries out research within the scope of the established study protocol. Adheres to all human subjects regulations as defined by Yale University and the federal government that pertain to research studies. 2. Develops criteria for admission of study subjects based on goals and objectives of project. 3. Determines potential sources of funding and prospective partnerships. 4. Evaluates feasibility of accepting potential projects through analysis of staffing needs, resource requirements, financial costs, and current planned capacity of group. Negotiates contracts and/or changes with funder. 5. Develops original HIC/IRB submissions. Based on knowledge of science and research goals, collaborates with PIs on major revisions and contributes to scientific protocols. Plans and implements changes. 6. Develops forms, questionnaires and the application of research techniques; writes procedures manuals for data collection and coding. 7. Responsible for the documentation and transmission of study data. Ensures that report forms are accurately documented and completed in a timely manner at each site location. 8. Works independently to develop manage and organize multi site studies. Serves as primary coordinator between University, non-Yale collaborators, pharmaceutical companies, HIC, IRB and funding sources. 9. Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software. 10. Designs and implements quality control measures to ensure accurate collection and processing of data. 11. Contributes in-depth, original thought and relevance to written reports and to the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a related discipline and two years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of designated community including social networks, healthcare organizations, and other social and support services. 

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work effectively in diverse environments including groups of people and settings. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to be non-judgmental and empathic.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Mature, reliable, and ability to work independently, effectively and efficiently under pressure, and to multi-task, juggling competing demands with limited supervision. 

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Highly organized, detail-oriented with the ability to function under deadline pressure. Ability to maintain integrity in working with confidential information.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Some computer proficiency including Microsoft Word, Excel, and REDCap and willing and able to learn new computer programs.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bilingual in Spanish and English. Experience working in the designated community related to social services and/or health engagement. Experience working with people living with HIV and/or Substance Use. Lived experience with substance use and/or HIV. People of color, women, and LBGTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Valid driver’s license. Certification by American Association of Medical Assistants, American Registry of Medical Assistants, or Connecticut Nurse’s Aide Registry (or ability to get certified within 90 days of employment).

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit “Learn about background checks” under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It’s Your Yale website.

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

EEO Statement:

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. Additionally, in accordance with Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran.

Inquiries concerning Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment may be referred to the Office of Institutional Equity and Accessibility (OIEA).


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