Job Req ID:  110680

Research Program Assistant

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society is seeking a Research Program Assistant (RPA) who will do community navigation work as a part of a large mobile intervention aimed to reduce HIV and overdose risk among people who use drugs (PWUD) in Baltimore, MD.  As part of the intervention, the RPA will be part of a mobile team including a nurse and a drug checking technician. They will provide specialized support and harm reduction services to clients who visit the study’s mobile van.

The program will offer services including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, drug checking, and wound care, and the RPA will provide direct support to clients starting and maintaining PrEP usage or who need referrals to external services. They will conduct needs assessments, counsel clients about PrEP, help them navigate insurance or other coverage for the medication, create personalized follow-up plans, and provide ongoing support with adherence to PrEP medications, visits, and labs. The RPA will also provide HIV testing and counseling, make healthcare and social service referrals, distribute safer drug use supplies, and distribute naloxone and train clients and community members on its use. Other responsibilities may be required as project services evolve and/or expand. All study services will be client-centered and take a harm reduction approach. RPA will undergo extensive training regarding harm reduction, PrEP, HIV testing and counseling, trauma informed care, structural barriers for PrEP adherence, naloxone administration, and other areas as needed.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support client initiation of PrEP through needs assessments, HIV testing, counseling, insurance navigation, and planning.
  • Support client adherence to PrEP through text messaging, face-to-face meetings, and phone calls and provide logistical support as needed.
  • Document interactions with clients, including barriers to PrEP initiation or adherence.
  • Make referrals to medical and social support services.
  • Engage in harm reduction-based street outreach, promoting the program’s services, distributing promotional items, and providing harm reduction education.
  • Build rapport with community members, including people who use drugs, through outreach, and attendance at community association meetings.
  • Develop referral networks and maintain relationships with service providers and pharmacies in intervention areas.
  • Distribute naloxone, train community members on its use and benefits.
  • Organize and track inventory of project supplies on van.
  • Communicate regularly with clinical team and senior staff to provide updates and feedback.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
  • Some related experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior outreach work experience.
  • Experience working with diverse populations including individuals who use drugs.



Classified Title: Research Program Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB  
Starting Salary Range: Min $15.25 - Max $23.00 HRLY; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Public Health 
Department name: ​​​​​​​HBS-Research Projects  
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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