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

Title Company Location Posted
04.24.2019
Job ID 84631 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: **Select Primary Work Location Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health High Street Pediatrics is seeking a Community Health Worker II. The Community Health Worker II (CHW II) is...
04.24.2019
Job ID 84883 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: High Street Health Center Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate High Street Health Center Adult is seeking a Community Health Worker II. This is a grant funded position. The Community Health...
02.05.2019
JOB SUMMARY: A member of the community who applies his or her unique understanding of the experience, language, and/or culture to communicate a comprehensive health education program to diverse members of the community specifically in a Somali...
04.24.2019
Job ID 84834 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: **Select Primary Work Location Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center is seeking a Community Health Worker II. This is a grant funded position. The...
04.24.2019
This is a grant funded position and the office will be located in Hindman, KY (Knott County). County served: Knott County. The Community Health Worker (CHW) conducts home visits to at-risk families; assesses familys needs for services;...
04.24.2019
Under the direction of the Coordinator of the Prevention Integrated Counseling Screening and Referral Program (PICSR), and within established Alliance guidelines and departmental policies and procedures, provides community education and...
04.24.2019
Under the direction of the Coordinator of the Prevention Integrated Counseling Screening and Referral Program (PICSR), and within established Alliance guidelines and departmental policies and procedures, provides community education and...
04.05.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
04.05.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
04.24.2019
04.24.2019
The Community Health Advocate position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Community Health Advocate is responsible for providing outreach, social support, care transition, and community resource information to...
04.24.2019
Maine Behavioral Healthcare Department: MaineHealth Maine Behavioral Healthcare/Rehab Elms Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day/Evening Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Maine...
04.24.2019
This position will Lead Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process. Including developing strategy to engage stakeholders, collect and analyze data, prioritize health issues, and document results. Develops programming, initiatives, and...
04.23.2019
The Screening Supervisor manages clinical screening and community health staff for screening events at businesses and in the community. This position reviews community health assessment data throughout the region and plans screening events to...
04.24.2019
Education Department The Education Department is seeking one qualified individual with experience in assessment, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of community health education programs and resources. Candidate must be...
  1. Community Health Worker Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
    Job ID 84631 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: **Select Primary Work Location Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health High Street Pediatrics is seeking a Community Health Worker II. The Community Health Worker II (CHW II) is...
  2. Community Health Worker Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
    Job ID 84883 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: High Street Health Center Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate High Street Health Center Adult is seeking a Community Health Worker II. This is a grant funded position. The Community Health...
  3. COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    JOB SUMMARY: A member of the community who applies his or her unique understanding of the experience, language, and/or culture to communicate a comprehensive health education program to diverse members of the community specifically in a Somali...
  4. Community Health Worker Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
    Job ID 84834 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: **Select Primary Work Location Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center is seeking a Community Health Worker II. This is a grant funded position. The...
  5. Community Health Worker Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    This is a grant funded position and the office will be located in Hindman, KY (Knott County). County served: Knott County. The Community Health Worker (CHW) conducts home visits to at-risk families; assesses familys needs for services;...
  6. Community Health Worker II Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Under the direction of the Coordinator of the Prevention Integrated Counseling Screening and Referral Program (PICSR), and within established Alliance guidelines and departmental policies and procedures, provides community education and...
  7. Community Health Worker II Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Under the direction of the Coordinator of the Prevention Integrated Counseling Screening and Referral Program (PICSR), and within established Alliance guidelines and departmental policies and procedures, provides community education and...
  8. NON-CERTIFIED COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER-AMBULATORY CARE MANAGEMENT Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
  9. NON-CERTIFIED COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER-AMBULATORY CARE MANAGEMENT Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
  10. Community Health Worker Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
  11. Community Health Advocate Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Community Health Advocate position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Community Health Advocate is responsible for providing outreach, social support, care transition, and community resource information to...
  12. Residential Care Worker- Community Rehab - SIGN ON BONUS! Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Behavioral Healthcare Department: MaineHealth Maine Behavioral Healthcare/Rehab Elms Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day/Evening Full/Part Time: 40 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Maine...
  13. Program Manager - Community Health Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    This position will Lead Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process. Including developing strategy to engage stakeholders, collect and analyze data, prioritize health issues, and document results. Develops programming, initiatives, and...
  14. Community Health Screening Supervisor Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    The Screening Supervisor manages clinical screening and community health staff for screening events at businesses and in the community. This position reviews community health assessment data throughout the region and plans screening events to...
  15. Community Health Educator Skowhegan, ME Redington Fairview General Hospital
    Education Department The Education Department is seeking one qualified individual with experience in assessment, planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of community health education programs and resources. Candidate must be...