University of Washington School of Public Health
Community Health Worker - Washington County
Closing Date: February 18, 2018
Posted: February 8, 2018
The Community Health Worker II (CHW II) position provides culturally competent public health services to the community. Services are provided at a variety of locations, such as client homes, health department, and other community locations according to protocols. Activities may be focused on the individual, the community, or the systems level, depending on how the issue may best be addressed. The CHW II often works with people of diverse cultures, ethnicity, and sexual orientations. The primary duties for this position will include managing sexual transmitted disease cases and follow up to include: conducting field visits, client interviews, linking clients to care services, working with providers, and data reporting.
Duties may include:
- Assists healthcare team in a variety of paraprofessional activities including interviewing and counseling clients, and performing and interpreting health screening tests.
- Works with clients to develop and implement basic healthcare plans; provides individual counseling on specific health-related topics such as nutrition or communicable diseases; provides follow-up counseling; and maintains client health records.
- Reviews and selects appropriate health education materials; provides group education on specific health-related topics such as nutrition or communicable diseases; and works on special health education projects under supervision of professional staff.
- Develops and maintains working relationships with clients and makes referrals to other community agencies and services.
- Assists with basic program management responsibilities such as collecting and compiling statistics, and organizing and scheduling clinics.
- Performs a variety of health screening tests and independently interprets results within specific program guidelines.
- Interviews clients to obtain basic data and past medical history; and determines income status and makes program eligibility determinations.
- Prepares examination rooms and sets up laboratory; cleans and disinfects rooms and laboratory, and sterilizes medical instruments; orders and stocks health room and laboratory supplies; and maintains records of supplies and equipment.
- Performs administrative support duties, including typing, filing, answering phones, scheduling appointments, acting as receptionist, and related work as needed.
- Determines immunization status and dispenses appropriate consent forms to clients.
- Assists in the development and maintenance of the community health library.
- Provides clients with educational materials on health-related topics.
Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
- Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent; AND
- Two (2) years of work experience in the health care, community health, or social services field; OR
- Two (2) years of college-level training in health occupations may substitute for one year of work experience.