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Bilingual Community Health Worker - COVID-19 Community Outreach

Company: Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Location: Warwick
Posted on: November 15, 2021

Job Description:

Rhode Island Parent Information NetworkJob PostingBilingual Community Health Worker - COVID-19 Community OutreachAbout RIPIN:RIPIN deploys a peer model to support people with special healthcare and education needs across the whole lifespan. Founded in 1991 by a group of parents of children with special needs, RIPIN continues to be peer-led: a majority of our board and more than three-fourths of our staff are parents or caretakers of loved ones with special needs. RIPIN's peer professionals now help more than 45,000 Rhode Islanders every year navigate healthcare, schools, and other support systems.Job Summary:The Bilingual Community Health Worker/COVID-19 Outreach (CHW), will provide outreach and navigation of COVID-19 testing and vaccination for families with children who are considered high-need pediatric populations, defined as children with one or more intense or chronic conditions, with a focus on underserved and vulnerable communities. This full-time position will work with community partners, such as the Rhode Island Free Clinic, Clinica Esperanza, Progreso Latino, Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Open Door Health, Providence Community Health Centers, and Thundermist Health Center. The CHW will utilize data from clinical teams to capture testing and vaccination hesitancy, in order to inform the development/identification of educational content and use of technology approaches to improve the support of COVID-19 vaccination and diagnostic testing. The CHW will facilitate focus groups and interviews and document input from the families and caregivers of children and youth with special health care needs.Essential Functions:

  • Recruit families and caregivers of children with complex needs for facilitated focus groups related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination and serve as the lead facilitator for these groups with support from the overall project team.
  • Collaborate with other family-serving organizations, community health teams, and internal & external partners connected with individuals at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Facilitate in-person and virtual outreach, workshops, training, and informational sessions, for families, consumers, professionals, and community partners as needed to complete the project work.
  • Identify vaccination trends relative to COVID-19 positivity rates in high-risk pediatric populations and determine barriers to COVID-19 testing and community hesitancy to COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Implement community-based approaches to increase testing and vaccination rates for the high-risk pediatric population.
  • Identify and/or develop educational resources to improve health literacy for high-risk children and their caregivers.
  • Provide support, information, and resources to families through phone, face-to-face, and virtual contact to enhance their ability to effectively access COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
  • Provide referrals and care-coordination to RIPIN programs and/or other community organizations as needed to assist families and individuals with successfully completing goals; collaborate with RIPIN staff to avoid duplication of services.
  • Represent RIPIN on local, state, and federal committees as needed.
  • Maintain an updated database of all contacts, encounters and record committee activities accurately.
  • Actively participate as effective team member in all agency meetings and debriefings. Make constructive use of individual and peer supervision.
  • Contribute to the overall success and quality of the agency by working constructively and collaboratively with other staff members ensuring all individuals are treated respectfully and that diversity in backgrounds and life experiences is supported and valued throughout the agency.
  • Accept other duties and responsibilities as assigned.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of Rhode Island's human service systems supporting families of children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs
    • High level of interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills to interact on a professional level with our diverse stakeholders, including parents and professionals
    • Ability to convey complex information in a clear and understandable manner
    • Organizational skills to include managing multiple activities
    • Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and programs
    • Proficiency in computer and internet navigation (online documents, search engine, government websites), Proficient in Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office Suite, as well as computer skills to maintain and update program related materials, reports and database
    • Ability to effectively carry out the mission and philosophy of RIPIN and a willingness to work cooperatively and collaboratively with multiple constituents
    • Ability to present to small and large audiences that include consumers, stakeholders, and professionals on RIPIN program operations, mission, and focusEducation and Experience:
      • High school diploma/GED required; Associates Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Education, or related field strongly preferred
      • Community Health Workers certification preferred; non-certified incumbents are expected to earn certification within 18 months of hire date
      • Personal experience navigating healthcare systems and services for self or family member highly desired
      • Experience working with and outreaching to diverse populations
      • Experience organizing and/or delivering outreach/public awareness campaigns, workshops, and community information sessions.
      • Fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English and Spanish requiredPhysical Demands:
        • Regularly required to talk or hear
        • Regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms
        • Regularly required to climb stairs, reach, stretch, stand and bend
        • Required to have the ability to lift and/or moves up to 25 pounds
        • Required to remain at their station for prolonged periods of timeWorking Conditions/ Work Environment:
          • Primary work location is a climate-controlled indoor office environment; however, may also be required to conduct visits in private homes, climbing up to three flights of stairs, and community locations
          • Flexibility for travel related to job requirements
          • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
          • Provide own reliable transportation with proof of valid driver's license and RI requirements of auto insurance
          • Will be required to follow site's COVID testing and vaccination requirementsThe physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Please include letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to complete your application.RIPIN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Keywords: Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Warwick , Bilingual Community Health Worker - COVID-19 Community Outreach, Healthcare , Warwick, Rhode Island

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