Community Health Educator
Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Quality, the Community Health Educator will assist in coordinating and implementing community health education programs targeting the clinic’s patients and/or, as needed, the clinic’s larger community. The Community Health Educator will assist in the planning, development, implementation, reporting and evaluation of health education projects, particularly pertaining to Hypertension, Diabetes, and Obesity, but not limited to these disease conditions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and implement comprehensive linguistically and culturally appropriate health education curriculums for the Clinic’s targeted disease prevention programs, initially starting with Hypertension.
- Become familiar with utilizing the clinic’s chosen SMBP (self-measuring blood pressure) device technicalities and reporting capabilities.
- Using the clinic’s EMR system, generate a list of high-risk patients diagnosed with Hypertension for a targeted health education campaign for Hypertension.
- Organize and conduct written or telephonic outreach to educate, engage and enroll selected patients into targeted health education campaigns.
- Educate and train patients on use of the SMBP device, including frequency of BP monitoring and tracking and reporting of data, in accordance with protocols established by the clinic’s clinical leadership.
- Coach and encourage targeted patients on:
- Routine self-monitoring and reporting.
- Preventive measures to reduce hypertension, including helpful nutritional guidance, or exercise tips.
- Maintain compliance with prescribed medications and health other plan goals.
- Collect and track patient SMBP data and enter in the patient’s EMR, as appropriate.
- Conduct periodic data analysis in accordance with clinic guidance and report findings to clinical leadership.
- Conduct outreach in clinic’s geographic communities to raise awareness about Hypertension, or any other targeted health condition, as appropriate.
- Conduct periodic workshops and educate community about the nature of prevalent diseases, including Hypertension, in the target community, self-care and preventive strategies, and treatment options available to combat targeted health conditions.
- Write public services announcement (PSAs) and education flyers - coordinate translation of material and dissemination with ethnic media outlets.
- Collaborate with AHSFHC outreach manager to engage with community organizations and attend training sessions, conferences and meetings arranged by relevant public health organizations.
- Provide individualized education to patients referred by the health center physicians on topics like diabetes and hypertension, focusing on preventing the disease itself or its complications.
- Conduct process and outcome evaluation of health education programs.
- Write and submit periodic program reports to stakeholders.
- Conduct other tasks as directed by the supervisor.
- Undergraduate degree in health-related field.
- Health Education Specialist Certification is preferred.
- Candidate should have an understanding and knowledge of U.S. health care system, and healthcare issues prevalent in the South Asian community.
- Candidate should be fluent in English and at least one Asian language (preferred).
- Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Should have the ability to support and implement the mission and goals of the health center.
Bachelor’s degree, or high school and at least four years of related work experience. Health Education training or Certification will be a plus.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
- Frequently work in a seated position at a desk, frequent walking.
- Respond and react immediately to verbal instructions/requests and to auditory signals from equipment and personnel.
- Physically close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and interpersonal skills.
- Typing and computer skills needed to process and submit grants online, and to communicate with personnel.