Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.
What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.
Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we're seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of Refugee Mental Health Specialist within the Division of Medical-Clinical Services, Refugee Health Program located in Atlanta, GA.
Won't you join us?
This is a grant-funded position.
Under general supervision, serves as a Refugee Mental Health Specialist to address mental health within the refugee community. The position will focus on the physical and emotional wellness as a foundation for successful resettlement and integration of newly arrived refugees within their first 5 years of eligibility.
The successful candidate will prioritize ORR-eligible individuals who have the most persistent, pressing, and/or underserved mental health needs. In addition, there will be a focus on capacity building within the communities, which includes overcoming stigmas associated with mental health care and create opportunities for social engagement to reduce isolation by collaborating with ethnic-based organizations and/or local resettlement agencies. There will additionally be a focus on client-centered, trauma-informed, strength-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate activities. In-state travel is required.
The incumbent will engage and/or collaborate with local health departments, local resettlement agencies, federally qualified health centers, community- and ethnic-based organizations to ensure that clients receive the necessary services afforded to them.
Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.
The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.
Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.
DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.
The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.
As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.
If you re...quire accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.
DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.