Community healthcare is highly rewarding and very attractive for the right medical professionals. Come join a dynamic care team at LifeLong Medical Care. We are looking for a Community Health Worker (CHW) – Advancing Health Equity, Asthma Program. This position will split time between Berkeley and Oakland. The Advancing Health Equity is an innovative program in partnership with Sutter Health to support, empower and improve the health of low income residents with asthma. The goals are to provide high-need, high-risk patients with asthma with increased access to specialty and primary care as well as education about symptoms and medication management. The program provides office visits, group classes and home visits. The team consists of a licensed Respiratory Therapist and the Community Health Worker. Activities include data entry and tracking, outreach and engagement including home visits, development of the care plan, and linkage of the patient with community resources as well as linking the patient with care within the clinic.
Ideally, the Advancing Health Equities CHW will be a trusted member of the community in which they will work. This relationship will enable the CHW to serve as a liaison between the patients and the clinic. Much of this work will take place in various settings – medical office, specialists, hospitals and patients’ homes.
This position functions in partnership with Sutter Health. There will be a period of orientation with the LifeLong Medical Care and Sutter teams.
This is a full time, grant funded, benefit eligible position.
LifeLong Medical Care is a large, multi-site, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a rich history of providing innovative healthcare and social services to a wonderfully diverse patient community. Our patient-centered health home is a dynamic place to work, practice, and grow. We have 16 primary care health centers and deliver integrated services including psychosocial, referrals, chronic disease management, dental, health education, home visits, and much, much more.
LifeLong is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision (including dependent and domestic partner coverage), generous leave benefits including nine paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403(b) retirement savings plan.
- Advocates for patients and helps them achieve their best health.
- Functions as a trusted member of the community.
- Conducts outreach and enrollment assessments.
- Meets with patients in various settings – medical office, specialists, hospitals and patients’ homes including weekly check-ins with the Respiratory Therapist and the Sutter liaison.
- Creates a care plan that reflects patients’ needs and connects patients to resources to meet these needs.
- Communicates with patients, documents clearly in the medical record and interfaces with medical providers to advocate for the patient.
- Interfaces well with clinic staff, community and Asthma team.
- Responsible for data collection, entry and generation of reports.
- Builds and maintains appropriate relationships on behalf of Sutter and LifeLong Medical Care.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Strong organizational, administrative and problem-solving skills, and ability to be flexible and adaptive to change while maintaining a positive attitude.
- Ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure and complete assignment in a timely manner.
- Ability to effectively present information to others, including other employees, community partners and vendors.
- Ability to seek direction/approval from on essential matters, yet work independently with little onsite supervision, using professional judgment and diplomacy.
- Work in a team-oriented environment with a number of professionals with different work styles and support needs.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written skills and ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and be culturally sensitive.
- Conduct oneself in external settings in a way that reflects positively on LifeLong Medical Care as an organization of professional, confident and sensitive staff.
- Ability to see how one’s work intersects with that of other departments of LifeLong Medical Care and that of other partner organizations.
- Make appropriate use of knowledge/ expertise/ connections of other staff.
- Be creative and mature with a “can do”, proactive attitude and an ability to continuously “scan” the environment, identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for improvement.
- Commitment to working directly with low-income persons from diverse backgrounds, in a helpful, supportive manner.
- High School diploma or GED.
- At least three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in a community-based health care or social service capacity.
- Knowledge of East Bay health and social service resources.
- Previous work providing services to persons who are disabled, homeless, substance users, and/or psychologically impaired.
- Proficient in Microsoft office word with ability to manage databases.
- Access to reliable transportation with current license and insurance.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Health or Human Services field.
- Reliable means of transportation for weekly home visits and weekly check-ins in San Leandro.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish strongly preferred.