Community Health Worker - Salt Lake City, UT

JOB POSTING: Community Health Worker
EMPLOYER: Association for Utah Community Health
LOCATION: Salt Lake City
SALARY RANGE: AmeriCorps Position, Living Stipend and Education Award (See below)
WORKWEEK: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required

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ARE YOU A TRUSTED MEMBER OF YOUR COMMUNITY?

Have you ever helped a family member or friend to find out about health issues or to get health care service? Are you the kind of person who goes out of your way to help your neighbors? Are there things harming your community’s health that you feel passionate about changing?

…If the answer is yes, this job might be right for you.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Life can be tough and lots of things can keep people from staying healthy and from getting better when they are sick. Community members have worries such as: “Where can I get information about my health?” “How will I get to the pharmacy to get my prescriptions filled?” “Who will watch my children while I go to the doctor?” and “Will I have food, transportation, and housing?”

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have the skills and experience to understand what underserved-community members are going through and help them get through difficult times. CHWs are people who come from the communities they serve. CHWs act as caring neighbors to help those around them address the social and medical problems that lead to poor health The goal is to help community members with the tasks of getting medical care, working on health goals (such as arranging care, filling medication prescriptions, planning healthy meals, or finding time to exercise), and to help them deal with the “real-life” issues that keep them from staying healthy.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prefer a long-time resident of Salt Lake community with good knowledge of the resources of this community
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to carry out written and oral instructions
  • Ability to act professionally while carrying out job duties
  • Ability to work on your own and as part of a group and be a self-starter
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word and perform computer data entry
  • Comfortable with home visits and outreach
  • Must have access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Prior experience as an outreach workers a plus
  • High School diploma or equivalent

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish trusting relationships with clients and families while providing support and encouragement
  • Meet patients in a primary care clinic or hospital and conduct an assessment, including helping patients to set health goals
  • Make regular follow-up calls and home visits to patients
  • Help clients in identifying their health goals
  • Help clients with social issues like homelessness, substance abuse, and hunger
  • Assist clients in filling out applications and registration forms
  • Provide referrals for services to community agencies as appropriate
  • Assist patients with organizing their records, making follow-up appointments, and filling their prescriptions
  • Work cooperatively with other clinical staff assigned to the same client
  • Document each client encounter in detail
  • Prepare reports and documents as needed or requested
  • Attend regular meetings with other CHWs, and program supervisors
  • Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Legal Permanent Resident or citizen of the U.S.

A background check will be conducted on all potential candidates. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation will be made for employees with disabilities.

To apply: send your resume and a cover letter explaining why this is the right job for you to starr@auch.org

Organizational Background/Mission

The Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) is a non-profit membership association of Health Centers and other non-profit health care organizations serving low-income, homeless, migrant and other medically underserved populations.  AUCH’s mission is to support and represent its membership and to work to increase access to health care for medically underserved populations in Utah.  AUCH provides training, technical assistance, policy support and representation to membership organizations. For more information go to www.auch.org

The Utah Healthcare Corps (UHC), an AmeriCorps program of the Association for Utah Community Health, currently supports more than 20 members serving in over 10 sites throughout the state of Utah. UHC Members make a difference in the healthcare community by providing patients with vital health education and translation services, including facilitating health insurance outreach and enrollment, and connecting communities to healthcare program assistance and resources.

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

Program Benefits: Full-time UHC members will receive the following program benefits:

  • Living stipend in the mount of $1,500/month ($18,000/year), distributed bi-monthly
  • Eli Segal Education award in the amount of $5,815 upon successful completion of service
  • Health insurance premium reimbursement (to include dental) up to $170 per month
  • Childcare assistance, if eligible
  • Professional development training

Job Posting Date: May 8, 2016