Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology on the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle project. This is a time limited grant/research study federally funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Center related to African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental health illness. The grant/research study wants to see if weight-related health concerns improve if clients are serviced by peers with similar life experiences and backgrounds of the population of the study. The grant/research study will examine weight change, health behavior, physical and mental health, recovery, and quality of life.
The Peer Navigator/Peer Navigator Supervisor positions are part of this time limited grant/research study looking at African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental illness.
Assists African Americans who are experiencing weight-related health concerns and have a serious mental illness with obtaining healthy eating and increased physical activity goals, in group and individual settings. Utilizes the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyles manual and workbook material to discuss and engage participants in developing better eating habits and engaging in physical activity. Accompanies participants in pursuing healthy eating and exercise goals in the community (e.g. signing up for gym membership, shopping for fruits and vegetables). Utilizes and discusses personal experiences regarding his or her struggles with health goals and mental illness. Engages participants by compassionately and collaboratively assessing participant needs and goals, addressing barriers to wellness, providing linkage to services and resources, and developing plans to achieve wellness goals.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
This is a grant-funded position.