Train for a Healthcare Job, Earn While You Learn, and Help Your Community During the Pandemic!

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is excited to announce the launch of a new job and workforce training program, in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and with support from the Neighborhood Jobs Trust. The six-month program will train and employ up to eight bilingual Community Health Outreach Workers to assist BPHC with public health outreach and education in Boston’s immigrant and minority neighborhoods during the COVID-19 pandemic. Program participants will also receive career advising, education guidance, and job search support from the MIRA Coalition program coordinator.

Outreach Workers will conduct outreach (both remote and in-person) to develop and maintain engagement between the City and communities. This position is a key team member who strengthens and supports communities experiencing a high number of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and facing disparities in access to public and preventative health services. The program also offers an opportunity for hands-on training and work experience leading to long-term employment opportunities in the public health field.

The program will run for six months and includes 20/hours per week of either training or work in the field. Trainees will receive a stipend of $20/hour while they participate in the program. To apply, please email a copy of your resume to Sue Parsons, Program Coordinator, MIRA Coalition,, or complete our online application form here:


  • Assist in the implementation of an in-person community outreach and engagement plan for immigrant and ethnic minority communities in the City of Boston;
  • Be a liaison between the community and City agencies and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to enhance public health outreach strategies;
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and/or participate in activities (e.g., virtual meetings, in-person prevention/testing events) with local community partners;
  • Help foster new relationships with non-traditional partners, including community groups, agencies, faith-based organizations, and other institutions, to enhance public health outreach strategies;
  • Conduct public-facing activities with professionalism as a representative of the City and BPHC;
  • Provide other support as needed for BPHC community outreach and education efforts.

Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Experience working with immigrant communities in Boston, preferably in an outreach or public-facing role;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to interact professionally and empathically with culturally diverse individuals and individuals in distress and on challenging health issues;
  • Strong communication skills with knowledge of how best to reach different audiences, especially within immigrant communities;
  • Readiness and flexibility in adapting to changing day-to-day work priorities;
  • Self-directed and able to work as part of a team;
  • Exhibits a professional, positive attitude and work ethic;
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and professionalism;
  • Experience in interpretation or translation a plus;
  • Basic proficiency with computers or mobile devices is preferred;
  • Must be a Boston resident;
  • Availability to work afternoons, evenings, and weekends as needed;
  • Ability to speak intermediate-level English. Fluency in one of these languages is required: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin), Vietnamese, Portuguese Cape Verdean, or Somali.

To apply for this program, email a copy of your resume to Sue Parsons, Program Coordinator, MIRA Coalition, or complete our online application form here:

MIRA is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and seeks a broad representation of the communities it serves within its staff and trainees.