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Company Name:
HIV Community Link
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Pregnancy Support Worker

The Pregnancy Support Worker is an exciting new position responsible for providing support, care and advocacy while working alongside participants of the Well Women Program. The Well Woman Program is a new project that uses a harm reduction approach focused on meeting women and their families where they are at, to reduce barriers to health and social services. Through early intervention, risk reduction, education and increased access to multi-disciplinary resources and supports, the Program will improve health outcomes for women and the infants born to them.

The Well Woman team will be comprised of one Pregnancy Support Worker and one Registered Nurse. The team will connect with women who are vulnerable due to place or circumstance. Examples include: homeless or precariously housed; using substances; involved in high risk sex work; STBBI diagnoses; experiences of interpersonal violence; social isolation; and/or who have experienced previous pregnancies that ended with children being apprehended. Participants will be women who are not accessing, under-accessing or actively avoiding prenatal care. 

This is a full-time position (35 hours a week) working Monday to Friday. This position will be based out of the Medicine Hat Safelink Drop-In space and include regular meetings and appointments in the community. Regular hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The position will report directly to the Team Lead, Safelink.

Key Accountabilities

Assessment and case management:  

  • Assess client needs and barriers to access in the areas of health, housing, income, social support, legal, drug use and basic needs; utilize and build upon referral pathways
  • Provide client referrals to appropriate care providers, health and social services
  • Manage and accompany participants’ appointments with community and health services, advocate for participant access to services and resources
  • Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with Child and Family Services (CFS)
  • With the support of the Team Lead and in collaboration with team members, facilitate case discussions to support knowledge development and client-centered care
  • Provide thorough and objective documentation in a timely manner
  • Maintain program statistics and participate in ongoing program evaluation and reporting

Provide harm reduction education, support and supplies:

  • Facilitation of program ‘drop-in’ days
  • Provide evidenced-based health promotion resources on safer substance use and perinatal care
  • Assist in establishment of social support networks
  • Provide health promotion resources on take home naloxone and overdose response
  • Distribution of safer sex and safer consumption supplies
  • Provide evidence-based health promotion resources on safer sex practices
  • Assure all interventions, activities and tasks build on strengths and resiliencies

Provide client centered supportive counseling:

  • Assess individual and group needs and plan relevant interventions
  • Provides crisis intervention, support and safety planning
  • Development of therapeutic, trauma-informed relationships with clients

Qualifications/ Key Competencies

  • Diploma or degree in Social Work or other human services related field
  • Current registration with professional body (as applicable)
  • Case management, supportive counseling and/or crisis intervention experience
  • Experience working with people who use drugs and/or perinatal care and substance use is a strong asset
  • Experience working with and/or knowledge of Child and Family Services is an asset
  • Thorough knowledge of harm reduction and participant-centered care as related to substance use
  • Strong knowledge of mental health and addictions-related issues and interventions
  • Foundational knowledge of and orientation to: intersectionality, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive practice frameworks
  • Thorough knowledge of local social service programs and community resources
  • Demonstrated skill in developing community partnerships to advocate for participant needs
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and responsiveness in working across diverse populations
  • High ethical standards and professionalism with a demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and prioritize
  • Proven ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Provision of a criminal security check with vulnerable sector search
  • Access to reliable transportation

Salary and Benefits:

HIV Community Link Society offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package.

Application Details:

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectation to [email protected] quoting job reference HIVCL 116

You must be eligible to work in Alberta and available for in-person interviews.  No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.