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Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC is one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Its internationally renowned physicians and scientists provide world-class patient care at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and more than 80 outpatient clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.

Keck Medical Center was ranked No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital Honor Roll and among the top 3 hospitals in Los Angeles and top 5 in California. The hospital also ranked in the top 4 in urology (tie); top 10 in geriatrics; top 15 in ophthalmology, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery and nephrology; top 20 in neurology & neurosurgery; top 25 in cancer; and top 35 in pulmonology & lung surgery.

Substance Use Navigator - Patient & Family Services - Part-Time 6 Hour Variable Shifts (Fixed Term)

Keck Medicine of USC Hospital Glendale, California

The substance use navigator (SUN) helps patients access evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders with a focus on low-threshold access to MAT (medication for addiction treatment) and harm-reduction. SUNs lead the development of the SUN program, conduct outreach and identification of patients, conduct initial brief assessments, introduce patients to MAT programs and services, facilitate appointments at outpatient MAT clinics, serve as a resource and coach for their clients, and advocate for culture change in the hospital. They also assist with access to other services such as financial counseling, primary care, mental health services, social services, and residential treatment facilities.


Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED Minimum Experience/Knowledge: ● 2 years of experience as substance use counselor or similar role required. ● Adaptive self-starter with ability to critically think and creatively problem solve. ● Nonjudgmental, energetic, positive, harm-reduction approach to assisting patients with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). ● Understanding of SUD as a medical condition and the role of MAT in treatment and harm reduction. Adherence to an abstinence-based social model that is unsupportive of MAT is not aligned with the goals of this position. ● Ability to use computer information systems, computer literacy, and knowledge of word processing. ● Interest/proficiency in working with individuals recently released from incarceration, homeless individuals, and other marginalized populations. ● Ability to interact with patients in a culturally relatable manner. Any additional ability to communicate in languages spoken in the local community such as Spanish, Armenian, Korean, etc. is helpful. ● Familiarity with local services for SUD patients desired. ● Respect for patient confidentiality and privacy. ● Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing. As part of Keck Medicine of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is the only community hospital in the Foothills area of Los Angeles backed by an academic medical center. With its 40-year legacy of personalized care from expert physicians, experienced nurses and a dedicated staff the community has come to know and trust, USC–VHH brings patients the latest medical advancements and 24/7 emergency services. Join this world-class team providing highly-specialized care, up-to-the-minute research and innovative clinical trials.


REQ20103591 Posted Date: 07/25/2021

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