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Community Health Worker (Req#: 23263)

Location:Tyler, TX
Salary Range:Depends on Experience
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:The Center 1120
Description:The North East Texas Center for Rural Community Health (The Center) is an organizational entity within the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) for the purpose of 1) engaging in community health service activities within the Northeast Texas region and 2) enhancing, promoting, coordinating, and supporting faculty and student projects which are broad-based and intended to transform the regional healthcare delivery system through managed care for Medicaid recipients. The Center will manage approved Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects to demonstrate effective approaches to achieve the health care system triple aims 1) improve access, 2) improve quality of care, and 3) reduce costs and, convene meetings/conferences with external health care providers to foster the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences that can be adopted to achieve the triple aims of health care services transformation.

JOB SUMMARY: The community health worker will function as a member of a multidisciplinary team that conducts patient/family support to help patients achieve good health practices, and/or community outreach. Primary responsibilities include facilitation of health improvement, health promotion, coalition development and support, health prevention activities, and coordination with regional programs and other partners within the community.
• Assist clients in completion of forms/applications required to receive needed services or as required by referral agencies
• Facilitate referrals for appropriate health information and services as recommended in the client’s health care plan
• Maintain data records and files for client records and program reporting
• Schedule and/or deliver health education classes in designated communities
• Assist with health screenings in the communities
• Speak to community groups/organizations to promote healthy lifestyle activities
• Provide one-on-one education on disease and encourage self-management skills with clients
• Distribute and conduct client and community health assessments
• Act as a health coach for clients to achieve desired health behaviors
• Assist clients with navigation of the health care system and processes
Qualifications:MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Current Community Health Worker certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or willing to become enrolled in an approved program to become certified. High School diploma or GED required. Two years of health/clinical experience or equivalent health-related education required. Knowledge of community resources and experience working with a variety of community-based organizations preferred. Bi-lingual in Spanish strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office Word, Access, Excel and various other software programs is required.

EQUIPMENT: Standard office equipment will commonly be used within this position which includes the following office equipment: telephone, facsimile, copier, scanner, personal computer, printer, and audio/visual as well as Microsoft, project management, and various other software programs.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: This position generally functions within the community and will include travel within the immediate counties which UTHSCT serves and driving between cities.

OTHER: Longevity of this position is contingent upon the future availability of funds. Specific job requirements or physical location of some positions allocated to this classification, may render this position security sensitive, and thereby subject to the provisions of Section 51.215, Texas Education Code.

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