Community Health Worker III- Maternal Substance Use
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 (CHW) 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 pregnant and postpartum 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.
The Maternal Substance Use CHW will work in partnership with the maternal substance use program at Ben Taub to ensure patients are supported during and after pregnancy and throughout their treatment for SUD. Candidates with experience with vulnerable populations, harm reduction, community outreach, and/or substance use disorder treatment are ideal candidates. The CHW will collaborate with the clinical team to engage pregnant and postpartum women with SUD in treatment and support their care delivery. The position involves the inpatient, outpatient, and community setting.
The CHW will support patients with services that may include but is not limited to Eligibility Screening, Health Insurance Enrollment, Prevention Screening, Coordinating Special Projects, Lifestyle Modification, Health Coaching, and Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Services. Additionally, responsibilities to include coordinating special projects, leading team meetings, conducting peer chart reviews and participating in team member trainings.
Degrees / Work Experience / School Education: Bachelor's Degree in health services, public health, sociology, psychology or related field (And) Three (3)Years Work Experience with patient navigation, care management, or any kind of direct service provision
to patients in a community health/outreach, and/or health care setting plus a bachelor’s degree in health
services, public health, sociology, psychology or related field
High School Diploma or GED (And) Seven (7) 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
Current Texas DSHS CHW Certification
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact).
Writing /Composing: Correspondence, Reports.
Other Skills: Medical Terms, PC, Word Proc., Epic
Language- Spanish (preferred)
Analytical Abilities: Electronic Medical Record- Average skills achieved upon training.
Other Special Requirements
The CHW must have access to reliable transportation to travel to worksites throughout
Have a passion for working within the community you are a part of, or have been a part of in the past.
Want to improve the health of patients and communities.
Is a self-starter and a thinker who is eager to learn, improve, and grow.
Advance Training-Certification in related specialty area within two years of employment.
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am- 4:30pm, Travel.
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Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 165491