Under the direction of the SVP of Health Center Services and the Chief Behavioral Health Officer, and in collaboration with health center clinical leadership the Community Health Worker (CHW) will provide ongoing COVID 19 vaccination outreach, education and increased access to care to enhance client/patient connectivity to available treatment resources.
The Community Health Worker helps to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination in disproportionately affected communities. Addresses the specific and unique needs of youth and parents to increase vaccine acceptance. In collaboration with the health center clinical leadership, recognizes the needs of the community and identifies strategies/interventions to improve vaccine confidence and access, and works with leadership team to implement strategies/interventions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Engages individuals in health education/promotion events and services offered by Pillars community Health through the program.
- In collaboration with other outreach and care coordination personnel and efforts, conducts outreach to community members and other organizations in the near-west Chicago suburbs regarding substance use and behavioral health.
- Review the PRAPARE screening tools completed by health center patients, and connect with patients who screen as potentially benefitting from community linkage to services.
- Connect with patients in person both on site and in the community, as well as via telehealth (phone and video conferencing software)
- Assist with understanding health insurance and patient assistance programs, connecting patients/clients to internal Patient Benefit & Eligibility Representatives where necessary.
- Case Management: The CHW will have a case load of patients in need of connection to internal and external services and resources.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of mental health and substance use, harm reduction, and community health-related topics through trainings, webinars, community meetings, etc.
- Where/when applicable, responsible for timely and accurate documentation and coding of patient/client care, notes, forms, statistical reports, records and all interactions.
- Participates in and contributes actively to supervisory and team/unit meetings, care coordination meetings with medical, psychiatric, and behavioral health providers/team members and community-based workers as necessary, in-house training sessions, conference and other activities as may be required.
- Participates in administrative and care coordination meetings to facilitate the ongoing mission of integration of health services
- Seeks personal ongoing professional development in substance abuse, health education, mental health, etc. assimilating knowledge and skill into ongoing professional practice.
- Maintains current Basic Life Support (“BLS”) Certification and submits record of such to HR and Credentialing and Compliance Departments where necessary.
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 an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Occupational Health, Disease Management, Behavioral health or other closely related healthcare focus. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for degree.
At least 1 year of experience providing community health outreach is required. Community Health Worker Certification preferred. Knowledge of clinical reporting requirements preferred. FQHC background or experience in outpatient setting highly preferred.
As required by this grant, the CHW must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the latest recommendations from IDPH and the CDC. Additionally, must also meet the organizations’ standard immunization/vaccination requirements for working in a health center environment.
Bilingual fluency in Spanish Required
Must maintain a safe driving record and have current valid Illinois Driver’s License. Personal vehicle needed for travel into the community for outreach work, meetings, and events. Mileage for authorized work-related purposes is reimbursable.
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