Associate Community Health Worker - Watertown Clinic
Company: Sanford Health
Posted on: January 16, 2022
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Facility: Watertown Clinic
Location: Watertown, SD
Address: 901 4th St NW, Watertown, SD 57201, USA
Shift: 8 Hours - Varied Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40. 00
Starting Rate: $16.50
A Community Health Worker is a frontline public health worker who
is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding
of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the
worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between
health/social services and the community to facilitate access to
services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service
delivery. -American Public Health Association 2020
The Community Health Worker will will primarily work Monday -
Friday 8am-5pm, but may have some evening/weekend needs to meet the
needs of the patients. A Community Health Worker will also be
required to complete community education classes weekly so these
will most likely take place in the evenings.
This is creative and rewarding work helping to find resources for
The Associate Community Health Worker (CHW) will serve as a bridge
between under-served communities and the health and social service
systems. CHWs are defined by the American Public Health Association
as "a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of
and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community
served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a
liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the
community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality
and cultural competence of the service delivery." As a non-clinical
role, the CHW works within the patient-centered medical home model,
which embraces a team approach to chronic disease self-management.
Provides information and assistance to help patients navigate a
complex health and human services system. Strong advocacy and
raising awareness of individual and community health needs are
necessary for efficient and culturally sensitive work. Under
indirect supervision, this individual would work closely with
medical providers, primary care teams, and social services agencies
to provide care coordination and connection to resources and
support to program clients to improve their health and general
well-being through education and provision of coordination of care
and services. This individual would work in both clinical and
Must strive to build capacity for access to services and community
engagement. Strong communication skills from a non-judgmental
perspective will be necessary to engage patients in their own care,
articulate clearly and effectively when advocating for patients and
community groups, and assist members in understanding and
effectively navigating complex health systems. Effective active
listening skills are essential. Actively engages in relationship
building and work from a team-based perspective.
Collaborates on goal setting and care planning within an
inter-professional team context. Required to give presentations to
community groups, and requires strong public speaking and
presentation skills that include diplomacy and tact. Strong
organization skills and the ability to anticipate future planning
needs is required. Effective coordination skills are necessary in
facilitating appointment attendance and individual plans of care.
Serves as a point person for issues and related solutions while
maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Holds knowledge and experience of ethnic and cultural populations,
government partners, community stakeholders, and other
organizations. Models effective problem solving skills to empower
patients to take an active role in their health care. Must have a
thorough understanding of self-efficacy theory and its application
when working with others who have chronic disease. Embraces
cultural sensitivity when seeking information and working with
Documents completion of assigned activities and support of
community members as required. Provides services under supervision
as directed by state or other regulatory requirements. Strictly
adheres to the scope of their duties and will not give medical
advice under any circumstance. Strong adherence to all patient
privacy laws in health care settings and the community is
High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
Knowledge of community services and navigating social support
systems preferred. Volunteer experience with local community
Motivational Interviewing skills are required with training, to be
completed within six months of hire.
A minimum of two years' direct experience is required. Must be at
least 21 years of age.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in
writing with people of differing cultural and socio-economic
Demonstrated computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office
Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).
Protect the privacy and security of protected health information as
defined by State and Federal law.
Proof of certificate from a Community Health Worker program is
required upon hire or within six months.
Become a Better Choice/Better Health Instructor within one year of
Must have a valid driver s license.
Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying
full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a
variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance,
vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan,
work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review
your benefit eligibility, visit https://sanfordhealth.jobs/benefits
Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an
individual with a disability and would like to request an
accommodation for help with your online application, please call
1-877-673-0854 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer
will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening
as a condition of employment.
Job Function: Customer Support Services
Req Number: R-0085724
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