Community Health Worker - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Community Health Worker

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Job Description

 

A community health worker is a trusted member of their community who works on the ground to promote healthy behaviors, build stronger relationships between the community and health and social services, and increase accessibility to those services.

They seek to improve the quality and cultural competency of service delivery by acting as intermediaries between health services and the community.

"Community health worker" is an umbrella term that encompasses many titles, depending on the nature of their jobs and the location in which they work. Some common titles include:

  • Health Coach

  • Family Advocate

  • Community Health Adviser

  • Liaison

  • Promoter

  • Outreach Worker

  • Peer Counselor

  • Patient Navigator

The success of their strenuous endeavors has compelled federal agencies, private institutions and non government organizations to create paid positions for community health care workers.

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Responsibilities

 

Community health workers provide support through counseling, advocacy on individual cases or broad issues, and resources to individuals in the community.

Many work in underprivileged or marginalized communities that lack sufficient education, fluency in English, adequate healthcare services, and/or religious and cultural beliefs much different than the norm.

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Skills

 

Community health workers must be adept at outreach methods and strategies, meaning they must be great at networking and meeting with people where they're located.

They must use strategies to bring services to underserved populations or groups. They must always capable of making accurate assessments of the community and what steps need to be taken to reach particular goals.

Aspiring community health workers must have effective communication skills and know how to speak to those they intend to serve.

They must also be highly educated on the subject matter and willing to share their knowledge to encourage changes in behaviors.

Honed problem solving skills come in handy in this position as they sometimes must find creative ways to implement programs or stretch resources.

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Working Conditions

 

Community health workers live in the areas they serve and can sometimes work exclusively for health care facilities native to the community.

Much of their day consists of meeting with officials at organizations and clinics, visiting homes, and otherwise connecting with the community.

Since they are often hired to support short term projects, community health workers are known to smoothly transition from one job to the other much more frequently than any other health care professional in the field. Some work from project to project, as they are available.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down community health workers in the following industries:

 

Individual, family, community, and vocational rehabilitation services

25%

State and local government, excluding education and hospitals

18%

Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations

12%

Hospitals; state, local, and private

9%

Outpatient, laboratory, and other ambulatory care services

7%

 

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Salary Outlook

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01.24.2018
This position uses his/her understanding of the experiences and culture of the community they serve, along with their knowledge of health issues and the health care system, to assist clients in overcoming barriers to health, education,...
02.06.2018
Through direct community outreach, the Community Health Worker (CHW) will be responsible for helping specific target populations navigate and access the healthcare system, community services, other resources, and adopt healthy behaviors. CHWs...
02.23.2018
*The position available will be working specifically with Spanish speaking individuals The Community Health Worker (CHW) will primarily be working out in the community with specific target populations. CHW's will work closely with medical...
11.03.2017
The Community Health Worker is responsible for providing outreach and follow-up for prenatal clients under the direction of the Prenatal Care Coordinator Nurse and Prenatal Population Health Supervisor. The Community Health Worker helps to ensure...
08.11.2017
As a member of the Patient Centered Medical Home team, the Community Health Worker will assume responsibilities for the care coordination of patients. The CHW works collaboratively with internal and external entities in order to remove barriers...
02.19.2018
Coordinates psychosocial care and services for patients as part of the multidisciplinary team in the ambulatory care setting. Identifies patients requiring care management and takes the lead as care Coordinator for those requiring...
02.23.2018
A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted member of the community who helps patients better access and coordinate their health care. The goal of a high risk community health worker is to assist the most high risk patients with the tasks of...
01.17.2018
The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
02.20.2018
The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
02.20.2018
The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
02.23.2018
Community Health RN Part time RN to work 24 hours a pay period for Community Health. PTO benefit available. Apply online. Applicant must pass background check, drug screen and health assessment prior to hire. Applicants are not discriminated...
02.01.2018
Make the most of your clinical skills at an organization that has earned numerous awards for clinical excellence. Based in Roanoke, VA, our community-based health care organization encompasses a comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and...
01.12.2018
The Community Case Manager and Advisor is a Social Worker, responsible for providing case management to select patients in the community. He/she provides guidance and advice to patients and families in collaboration with an interdisciplinary...
02.23.2018
Assesses patients within 24 hours of notification and completes assessment within departmental timeframes. Monitors and assesses issues referring to patients and provides short-term counseling to patients and family members. Effectively...
02.23.2018
Under the supervision of the Program Manager the Community Health Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy problem-solving and case management services to adult patients served by the High Touch, High Trust Program, developing an...
  1. COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    This position uses his/her understanding of the experiences and culture of the community they serve, along with their knowledge of health issues and the health care system, to assist clients in overcoming barriers to health, education,...
  2. COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER 1 Greenville, SC Greenville Health System
    Through direct community outreach, the Community Health Worker (CHW) will be responsible for helping specific target populations navigate and access the healthcare system, community services, other resources, and adopt healthy behaviors. CHWs...
  3. Community Health Worker - Spanish St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    *The position available will be working specifically with Spanish speaking individuals The Community Health Worker (CHW) will primarily be working out in the community with specific target populations. CHW's will work closely with medical...
  4. Community Health Worker/Prenatal Care Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    The Community Health Worker is responsible for providing outreach and follow-up for prenatal clients under the direction of the Prenatal Care Coordinator Nurse and Prenatal Population Health Supervisor. The Community Health Worker helps to ensure...
  5. Community Health Worker Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    As a member of the Patient Centered Medical Home team, the Community Health Worker will assume responsibilities for the care coordination of patients. The CHW works collaboratively with internal and external entities in order to remove barriers...
  6. Community Health Worker Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    Coordinates psychosocial care and services for patients as part of the multidisciplinary team in the ambulatory care setting. Identifies patients requiring care management and takes the lead as care Coordinator for those requiring...
  7. Community Health Worker - (FT, 40 hrs, Days) Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a trusted member of the community who helps patients better access and coordinate their health care. The goal of a high risk community health worker is to assist the most high risk patients with the tasks of...
  8. Community Health Worker/Asthma Project Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center
    The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
  9. Community Health Worker/Asthma Project Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center
    The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
  10. Community Health Worker/Asthma Project Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center
    The Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative works under the supervision of the Director of Community Health Improvement Programs (CHIP) or designee. The CHW collaborates with other members of the asthma...
  11. Community Health RN Ida Grove, IA Horn Memorial Hospital
    Community Health RN Part time RN to work 24 hours a pay period for Community Health. PTO benefit available. Apply online. Applicant must pass background check, drug screen and health assessment prior to hire. Applicants are not discriminated...
  12. Community Health Screening Specialist Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Make the most of your clinical skills at an organization that has earned numerous awards for clinical excellence. Based in Roanoke, VA, our community-based health care organization encompasses a comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and...
  13. Case Manager,Social Worker MSW-Community Case Mgmt(full-time) Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Community Case Manager and Advisor is a Social Worker, responsible for providing case management to select patients in the community. He/she provides guidance and advice to patients and families in collaboration with an interdisciplinary...
  14. Social Worker, LMSW - Behavioral Health Social Svc Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    Assesses patients within 24 hours of notification and completes assessment within departmental timeframes. Monitors and assesses issues referring to patients and provides short-term counseling to patients and family members. Effectively...
  15. Community Health Worker - Emergency Medicine Research - (FT, 40 hrs, Days) Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    Under the supervision of the Program Manager the Community Health Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy problem-solving and case management services to adult patients served by the High Touch, High Trust Program, developing an...