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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06.09.2017
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,...
11.20.2017
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...
11.24.2017
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...
11.15.2017
The Community Health Worker (CHW) will be responsible for helping and supporting children and their families to acquire preventive and follow-up health care needs, navigate and access healthcare services, educate families on the importance of...
11.03.2017
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...
11.24.2017
The primary responsibility of the Community Care Social Worker is to utilize advanced clinical judgment and critical thinking skills to facilitate appropriate member physical health and behavioral healthcare through: assessment and care planning,...
11.01.2017
Location/Department: Community Health Improvement Event planning and implementation for hospital sponsored programs and services. Administrative support for Community Health. Assist with marketing efforts, including press releases, brochures,...
11.24.2017
The Mental Health Worker participates as a member of the treatment team under the direction of the RN or Program Manager. Responsibilities include actively supporting the philosophy and structure of the milieu through management and supervision...
11.24.2017
The Mental Health Worker participates as a member of the treatment team under the direction of the RN or Program Manager. Responsibilities include actively supporting the philosophy and structure of the milieu through management and supervision...
11.24.2017
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...
11.24.2017
Overnight Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker position for Hovander House is responsible for maintaining the safety and welfare of program clients. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Associates of Arts degree with one year experience working...
11.24.2017
The Dishwasher position is a great start into a Food Services career at our organization! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you....
11.24.2017
St. Lukes Health System is looking for a Utility Worker to join our team! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong,...
10.23.2017
Part-Time .5 FTE (20 hrs/wk) Night Shift Every Other Weekend JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision and/or direction of a Registered Nurse, perform various duties that assist in treatment and care of patients in accordance w ith...
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    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 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/Prenatal Care Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
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  4. Community Health Worker Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
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  10. Mental Health Worker Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Mental Health Worker participates as a member of the treatment team under the direction of the RN or Program Manager. Responsibilities include actively supporting the philosophy and structure of the milieu through management and supervision...
  11. Community Health RN Ida Grove, IA Horn Memorial Hospital
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  13. Utility Worker Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
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  14. Utility Worker Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
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