Community Health Worker
How have you impacted someone’s life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our healthcare teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career all within New Jersey’s premier healthcare system.
Community-Health Workers (CHWs) provide social support, navigation and advocacy to high-risk low-income patients within the communities they serve in order to help them reach their health goals. CHWs act as caring neighbors to help patients address the social, medical and community problems that lead to poor health. The goal is to help patients deal with the "real life" issues that keep them from staying healthy, help with the tasks of getting medical care, and work on health goals by doing things like planning healthy meals or finding time to exercise.
**This position will be based at 30 Prospect Avenue in Hackensack, NJ.**
A day in the life of a Community Health Worker at Hackensack Meridian can be described as follows:
• Meet patients in the primary care clinic, hospital, or community and conduct a needs assessment, including assisting patients to set health goals
• Maintain weekly contact with patients, including phone calls, home visits, and community outreaches
• Motivate and support patients to meet their health goals
• Provide resources to help patients with social issues like housing instability, food insecurity, social service navigation, and childcare
• Assist patients with organizing their records, making follow-up appointments, and filling their prescriptions
• Help patients fill out applications for benefits like insurance and food stamps
• Work with other CHWs and staff to create a directory of community resources
• Document each patient encounter in detail
• Run a support group for patients
• Prepare reports and documents as needed or requested
• Attend regular team meetings and individual supervision sessions
• Attend a ten-day paid training program
• Other duties as reasonably assigned
- High School Equivalent degree is required
- Long-term resident of Bergen County with a vast knowledge of social service resources available in Garfield, Elmwood Park, Hackensack or Lodi
- Excellent oral and written communication skills are required
- Ability to carry out written and oral instructions is required
- Ability to exercise judgment in the application of professional services is required
- Must be comfortable with home visits and outreach
- Must be comfortable with computer data entry
- Must have reliable transportation for travel within the assigned territory
- Proficiency with MS Word and computer data entry is preferred
- Prior experience as an outreach worker is a plus
- Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!
As a courtesy to assist you in your job search, we would like to send your resume to other areas of our Hackensack Meridian Health network who may have current openings that fit your skills and experience.