Community Health Worker-GNHCC

US-NJ-Newark
2 weeks ago
ID
2017-3260
# of Openings
1
Type
Regular Full-Time
Category
Administrative/Clerical/Clinical Support

Overview

VNA Health Group is a premiere Medicare/Medicaid-certified provider of home health, hospice, and community-based services. We’ve been serving families and individuals with the most advanced and comprehensive clinical home care in NJ since 1912. 

 

This position will be a VNA Health Group Employee Assigned to

Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition

 

We are currently looking for a Community Health Worker to join our GNHCC team (Greater Newark Health Care Coalition).   Under general supervision, the Community Health Worker provides basic care coordination, identifies and reduces barriers to care, provides referrals to necessary resources. The position will also recruit age-eligible uninsured or underinsured individuals, without regular medical checkups, for HPV Immunization and colorectal and lung cancer screening. The CHW may provide follow up phone calls, visits to patients and their families to help teach and train in areas of health logistics and other life and wellness skills to manage their health and conduct group education activities.

 The CHW will work under the supervision of the GNHCC Executive Director and the Essex-Passaic Regional Chronic Disease Coalition Coordinator.

Responsibilities

  1. Supports organization's mission by striving for excellence in all aspects of their job with a focus on positive interpersonal relationships with co-workers
  2. Addresses gaps in care of patients; assesses and identifies actual and potential problems and barriers to care by gathering relative data; identifies and assists clients in reducing barriers to care
  3. Conducts outreach activities on HPV Immunization, lung and colorectal cancer in target areas
  4. Provides effective, productive, and professional communication between patients, providers and supervisor; uses knowledge of client's cultural, ethnic, religious and social system to develop and revise care
  5. Educates and assists patients in the management, prevention, and maintenance of their health and wellness
  6. Builds and maintains relationships with both internal and external healthcare contacts and organizations in an effort to improve available patient resources
  7. Collaborates with members of delivery team (Doctors, Social Workers, Nurses) to identify concerns that would prevent quality medical care; communicates clients plans and concerns to healthcare providers
  8. Asses patient needs; assists in coordinating patient care
  9. Establishes positive, supportive relationships with patients/clients in managing their health care needs
  10. Provides comprehensive case management
  11. Tracks patient outcomes and provides information to authorized personnel as requested
  12. Provides referrals for services to community agencies as appropriate
  13. Acts as a patient advocate and liaison between the patient/family and community service agencies (i.e. schools, Department of Health, hospitals, support groups, etc)
  14. Contacts churches and other civic, community groups to explain the program, recruit patients, and include information about the program in newsletters bulletins, etc.
  15. Conducts one-on-one education at every opportunity
  16. Distributes posters, flyers and brochures to areas int he county that are appropriate for the target population
  17. Enters accurate and complete data within 24 hours of client interaction
  18. Ensures confidentiality aof patient information by creating and maintaining a secure and trusting environment by not sharing information learned on the  job, except when necessary in the performance of the job responsibilities or to improve a patient's care
  19. Adheres to the organization's policy in regards to absenteeism and appearance
  20. Ommission of specific duties does not exclude them from this position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position

Qualifications

  1. High School Diploma or its equivalent
  2. Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program as from college or other education institution is preferred
  3. At least one year of community involvement and/or working with clients, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Health/Social Services experience or education; case management experience preferred
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; bilingual English/Spanish preferred; knowledge of Portuguese and/or French Creole is a plus
  5. Valid NJ Driver's License and reliable transportation
  6. Basic care coordination, knowledge of community resources
  7. Knowledge of cultural and lifestyle diversity issues with ability to network with a specific population
  8. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; strong organizational, case management and interpersonal skills
  9. Basic computer skills
  10. Available general daytime hours Monday-Friday; available for weekends during fairs or events.

 

Working Conditions/Physical Demand: Various community settings including some visits to community locations; able to drive a car; use a desktop computer/laptop, cell phone, other office machines such as fax, copy and scanner. 

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