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Community Health Worker Job Description

A Community Health Worker is a medical professional who is an advocate for their patient when in a community setting. They work to promote, maintain and improve health by providing social support as well as individual counseling as needed for their patients.

 

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Community Health Worker responsibilities include:

  • Helping individuals and families access health resources
  • Facilitating communication and client empowerment in interactions with health care/social service systems
  • Helping health care and social service systems become culturally relevant and responsive to their service population

Job brief

We are looking for a Community Health Worker to join our team and work as the frontline public health worker for our patients in the community. This position will serve as a liaison between the health services and our community to facilitate access to quality service and health care delivery.

Community Health Worker responsibilities include staffing tables at community events, helping patients complete applications and other paperwork and completing checks on individuals with specific health conditions. 

Ultimately, you will work with a diverse range of people to ensure they have access and resources needed to meet their health needs while out in the community.

Responsibilities

  • Helping people understand their health condition(s) and develop strategies to improve their health and well being
  • Helping to build understanding and social capital to support healthier behaviors and lifestyle choices
  • Delivering health information using culturally appropriate terms and concepts
  • Linking people to health care/social service resources
  • Providing informal counseling, support and follow-up as needed with patients

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Community Health Worker or similar role
  • Experience working with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Understanding of the healthcare system and how to help patients find necessary resources
  • A bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field is preferred

Frequently asked questions

What does a Community Health Worker do?

A Community Health Worker helps people in the community interpret and translate available services and provide culturally appropriate healthcare education information that can help people get the care they need.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Community Health Worker?

A Community Health Worker will have a variety of duties based on the needs of people in the community. They participate in community outreach activities like driving clients to appointments, presenting health education in schools, and helping patients fill out paperwork and find resources for healthcare options available to them

What makes a good Community Health Worker?

A good Community Health Worker needs to have excellent people skills to respect the experiences and opinions of people in various socioeconomic communities. They also need to have a good understanding of medical options available to various communities to provide the best recommendations for their patients.

Who does a Community Health Worker work with?

A Community Health Worker will typically work with a small team of other health professionals like a Social Worker to help individuals receive healthcare options they need.

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