Missouri Community Health Worker

Heart to Heart International (HHI) strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. We engage volunteers, collaborate with partners and deploy resources to achieve this mission.

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Location:  Southeast Missouri (Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid or Pemiscot County)
Part-Time:  20 hrs/week

This position is located in southeast Missouri. The applicant will work and must live in one of (4) counties:  Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid or Pemiscot County

Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in Heart to Heart International’s rural health initiative and will be involved in developing a strategy for community members to identify important concerns and conduct research to better understand the root causes of problems. CHWs will be integral in helping HHI facilitate community participation to identify their strengths and resources; prioritize needs and gaps in existing services; develop action plans; and design, implement, test and evaluate new programs. Community Health Workers will be the frontline workers for Heart to Heart’s programs and initiatives, and their role will be critical to improving health outcomes for the communities we serve.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct community diagnosis and needs assessments
    • Facilitate town hall meetings, focus groups, interviews and survey completion with community members
    • Identify and map community assets
    • Develop action plans with community members
  • Bridge the gap between communities and the health and social service systems
    • Educate community members about the health and social service system
    • Educate service providers about community needs and perspectives
    • Advocate for individual and community needs
  • Promote existing community resources
    • Increase awareness about how to access existing community resources
  • Build individual and community capacity
    • Organize and/or facilitate support groups
    • Conduct home visits
  • Promote health at the community level
    • Facilitate community health education training and health outreach

Qualifications

  • Licensed Practical Nurse preferred
  • Must be willing to complete a formal Community Health Worker Training program
  • Must be professional and adhere to strict rules of health information privacy policies

Minimum Requirements

  • Must reside in Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid or Pemiscot County
  • Valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • High school diploma or its equivalent; some college preferred
  • One to two years of responsible work experience in a community- based setting preferred
  • Knowledge of some medical terminology preferred
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and use language appropriately
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must be a trustworthy member of the community

 

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