Community Health Worker (CHW) - Weber County

July 14, 2020

Have you ever helped a family member or friend receive health care services? Do your neighbors or friends come to you for help? Are there things harming your community you feel passionate about changing? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," this might be the job opportunity for you.

Position Title: Community Health Worker (CHW)

Position Location: Ogden and throughout Weber County, Utah

Start Date: August 2020

End Date: This is a temporary position through December 31, 2020, with the possibility for extension depending on project funding.

Position Description:

CHWs are trusted, knowledgeable frontline health personnel who typically come from the communities they serve. CHWs bridge cultural and linguistic barriers, expand access to coverage and care, and improve health outcomes.

AUCH is hiring CHWs to work in local communities as part of the local and state COVID-19 response efforts. CHWs will work primarily with underserved communities, particularly racial/ethnic minority communities, throughout Utah.

CHW responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Establishing trusting relationships with patients and their families
  • Providing education about COVID-19
  • Helping people who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19 to understand what is required for quarantine and isolation
  • Screening patients for Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) needs
  • Supporting contact tracing efforts
  • Helping patients to establish a medical home
  • Documenting activities and outcomes in appropriate databases
  • Attending team meetings to discuss progress, successes, and challenges
  • Other duties as assigned

You will receive training in how to best protect yourself from COVID-19, and ongoing support and training to allow you to work with patients and their families as safely as possible. You will have access to the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to do your work as safely as possible.

Organizational Background/Mission

For over 30 years, The Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) has represented Utah's Health Centers and their patients. As the Primary Care Association in the state, we provide over 12,000 hours of training and technical assistance to 13 Health Centers and 5 affiliate members each year. Our members include Federal Health Center grantees who provide comprehensive, high-quality primary and preventive healthcare services to all individuals, with or without insurance, regardless of ability to pay. Health Centers are community-based, patient-directed organizations that eliminate geographical and financial barriers and serve populations with limited access to care. In support of our members and the people they serve, AUCH helps reduce barriers to healthcare through health promotion, community engagement and development, education, and policy analysis. AUCH is designated by the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care as the state Primary Care Association and receives federal program support to develop and enhance services for members.

Category: Full-Time, Non-Exempt                                                            

Responsible to: CHW Manager                                        

Salary Range: DOE

Note: These temporary positions are not eligible for benefits.

Qualifications and Requirements: The following requirements must be met to be considered for the program:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Written and oral fluency in English and Spanish required, other languages desired
  • Willingness to be present on-site at designated COVID-19 testing locations
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to work remotely and access to a reliable internet connection
  • Basic computer skills
  • Familiarity with documenting activities and entering data
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with patients and families
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, targeted communities
  • Good communication skills such as listening, speaking, and writing
  • Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement, and motivation to patients
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group
  • Willingness to take initiative and be pro-active in daily work
  • Experience working within community partnerships preferred
  • Experience working as a Community Health Worker, or in a similar capacity, for at least one year is preferred

A background check will be conducted on all potential candidates.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Ixchel Rangel at Lourdes@auch.org. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

 
 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people in this job. The statements are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. This job description may be changed and additional duties may be added or assigned from time to time. The above description does not affect or diminish the at-will status of the employment relationship between AUCH and its employees.

 

The Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) reaffirms its commitment to equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran. AUCH is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please contact AUCH at: 801-716-4600.