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Community Healthcare Worker


Department Description: Founded in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood in 1972 by community residents, Bowdoin Street Health Center remains focused on providing outstanding medical care while maintaining a tradition of working with residents to identify and meet their unique health needs. The mission of the health center is to provide excellent, compassionate care to our patients and support the health of the entire community.

With a focus on combatting food insecurity, the Food Access Community Health Worker will work with both Bowdoin Street Health Center patients and members of the Bowdoin-Geneva community to assess and address individuals’ need for food and resource connection. The Food Access Community Health Worker will work to unite families experiencing food insecurity with both immediate and sustainable, long-term resources in order to build community capacity, promote independence, and encourage families to take steps towards financial stability. Through the management of an emergency food prescription program, farm share program and other projects such as facilitation of youth gardening activities, the Food Access Community Health Worker can acknowledge and address the barriers to food justice and make referrals to outside organizations. In addition, the Food Access Community Health Worker will foster relationships with partner organizations in order to expand the reach of the health center’s programming and services, resulting in collaborative projects, funding opportunities, and increased community engagement.

This is a grant funded position.

Job Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts

Req ID: 45001BR


Job Summary: Under the direction of a manager or supervising social worker, the Community Healthcare Worker conducts resource assessments and collaborates with social work and/or medical staff to obtain community resources for community health center patients and families. Within developed area of expertise, provides orientation and ongoing training related to community resources to staff, medical providers, patients and families.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Determines, independently or in collaboration with other staff, the resources that will optimally meet patients' and families' needs. Develops a multifaceted service plan to meet complex patients' needs. Acts as case manager to coordinate care with medical providers. Makes independent decisions about services to recommend to a patient/family and how to teach them to become self-reliant.
  2. Maintains a caseload with many patient contacts per day including phone calls, paperwork and face to face contacts. Provides timely and appropriate documentation in the online medical record. As part of the patient centered medical home, takes part in team meetings to coordinate care with medical and mental health providers.
  3. Advocates on the patient's behalf in written and verbal communications. Assists patients with such tasks as accessing entitlement programs and provides such information as requested by outside facilities who are helping the patient.
  4. Documents and advises supervisor and clinical staff of obstacles to obtaining services and potential ways to manage them. Develops liaisons with community and state agencies to facilitate negotiation of complex systems. Visits relevant agencies to broaden knowledge and relationships.
  5. Makes home visits as needed and appropriate. Masters specific areas of expertise such as domestic violence, childhood trauma, fitness or HIV and family planning.
Required Qualifications:
  1. High School diploma or GED required. Associate's degree preferred in Human Services field.
  2. 1-3 years related work experience required.
  3. Minimum 2 years of related work experience without a related Associate's degree
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  5. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Bilingual in English and Spanish and/or Cape Verdean Creole.
Competencies:
  1. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  4. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  5. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus
EOE Statement

BIDMC is EOE M/F/VET/DISABILITY/GENDER IDENTITY/SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Vaccines

As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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