Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Community Health Worker for the Eric B. Chandler Health Center at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The Community Health Worker (CHW) will be responsible for helping patients and their families to navigate and access community services, other resources and adopt healthy behaviors. The CHW supports medical and behavioral health care providers through an integrated approach to care management and community outreach. As a priority, activity will promote, maintain and improve the health of patients and their family. Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Responsible for establishing trusting relationships with patients and their families while providing general support and encouragement.
Through the use of motivational interviewing and other evidence based strategies, assist patients and families with goal setting.
Conducts intake interviews with patients, including enrolling and/or referring patients into relevant programs that enhance wellness.
Follows-up with patients via phone calls, home visits and visits to other community settings.
Assists patients with completing applications and registration forms.
Conducts eligibility determination, enrollment and follow-up with uninsured patients.
Facilitates the use of community services as appropriate including (but not limited to) food assistance, transportation, housing resources, legal aid, access to medications, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.
Exhibits excellent working relations with patients, visitors and staff, effectively communicating agency mission.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High School Diploma or its equivalent.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English.
Basic computer skills and good communication skills.
Ability to initiate and maintain positive working relationships with staff and other organizations.
Understand the community served – community connectedness.
Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement and motivation to patients.
Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program from a college or other education institution.
Experience working in a multi-cultural setting. Experience working in a community-based setting for at least 1 to 2 years.
Knowledge of some medical terminology.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Physical Demands: Time spent on the physical activities: up to 2/3 standing, walking, sitting; over 2/3 using hand to finger, handle, or feel; over 2/3 reaching with hands and arms; no climbing or balancing; no stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; over 2/3 talking or hearing, and no tasting or smelling. Position requires up to twenty-five (25) lbs. lifting. No special vision requirements.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was ...at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.