Community Health Worker I
Harris Health System is the public healthcare safety-net provider established in 1966 to serve the residents of Harris County, Texas. As an essential healthcare system, Harris Health champions better health for the entire community, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, through acute and primary care, wellness, disease management and population health services. Ben Taub Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (Level 3 Trauma Center) anchor Harris Health’s robust network of 39 clinics, health centers, specialty locations and virtual (telemedicine) technology. Harris Health is among an elite list of health systems in the U.S. achieving Magnet® nursing excellence designation for its hospitals, the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered clinics and health centers and its strong partnership with nationally recognized physician faculty, residents and researchers from Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine at the University of Houston.
Skills / Requirements
The Community Health Worker will serve as an integral member of Harris Health's interdisciplinary care team, partnering to help patients improve their health holistically. The CHW will work directly with patients to assess needs across all aspects of their lives, including economic and social challenges alongside their physical and mental health needs. The information gathered will support the development of a team-based action plan, and the ongoing work with the patient will include establishing the patient's priorities and working together on goals. The CHW will be the point person for a panel of patients, available and accessible to provide assistance.They will work alongside, and will be supported by, a care team associated with each patient in order to help improve patients' total health.
School Education: High School Diploma or GED
Licenses & Certifications: Texas DSHS CHW Certification required within 1 year of employment
Work Experience: Three (3) Years Work Experience with patient navigation, care management, or any kind of direct service provision to patients in a community health/outreach, social resource agencies and/or health care setting
Bilingual Skills (preferred): Spanish/English; English/Vietnamese
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact) ,Writing/Correspondence
Proficiencies: Personal Computer
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Analytical Abilities, Electronic Medical Record - Average skills achieved upon training
Work Schedule: Flexible, Travel, Weekends, Eligible for Telecommute
a. The CHW must have access to reliable transportation to travel to worksites throughout Harris County.
b. Have a passion for working within the community they are a part of, or have been a part of in the past.
c. Want to improve the health of patients and communities.
d. Is a self-starter and a thinker who is eager to learn, improve, and grow.