Community Health Worker - The Church and Community Health Initiative
The Community Health Coordinator (CHC) is a newly created position within the Church and Community Health Initiative that is funded with a grant from Houston Methodist Hospital. The ideal candidate for this role should have some knowledge of the healthcare community and be passionate about mobilizing congregations and communities for better health outcomes. This individual should be adaptable to the creative process of a developing program that will require an eye for opportunity and an openness to change.
Reports to: Director of the Church and Community Health Initiative (CCHI)
Works: in coordination with the Lead Pastor Partner Churches, Director of CCHI, and Church Liaison
Status: Salary: Full-time; Exempt
Compensation with commensurate with education and experience: $25,000 - $30,000 annually
Benefits: Health Insurance and Pensions
Work with congregations and community promoting goal setting and strategic planning for individuals needing help with health barriers. Needs may include assisting with referrals, follow-ups, coordinating transportation for medical rides and determining the eligibility of services to the uninsured. They will work closely with medical providers, primary care teams, and other agencies to improve the care and outcomes for vulnerable individuals. They will be responsible for the accurate and ethical collection of data regarding interactions & encounters of from partner churches. In addition, the CCHI Community Health Coordinator will be required to perform the following duties:
- Recruit Lay Leaders in CCHI Partner Churches. These may be volunteers or part-time employees who serve as Community Health Workers, Faith Community Nurses or lay volunteers who do not have any formal health training.
- Supply Lay Leaders with appropriate programming ideas, resources, and materials.
- Provide communication to CCHI Director on congregational developments around wellness activities and events
- Emphasize the importance of a constant circle of communication between existing church support groups (ex. Health ministry, Stephen Ministry, congregational care pastor)
- Provide consistent communication with UMCC Directors and local church staff to keep abreast of concerns & issues in the communities.
- In Houston Methodist Hospital service areas, the CHC will need to build a relationship with local HMH Network of Care Providers to assist with discharged patient care.
- If not in the Houston Methodist Hospital service areas, the CHC will need to build a relationship with the local hospital social work & spiritual care staff and local clinical providers to assist with care for vulnerable patients.
Manage Special Projects
- Support the TAC strategic planning processes
- Planning and supervising UMCC and/or local congregational health events such as health screenings, health classes, coordinating individual care, congregational surveys & assessments, etc.
Qualifications & Skills
- Must already be a Texas licensed Community Health Worker, in the process of becoming a CHW, or be willing to attend the CHW training and function within the guidelines of that profession.
- Candidate must be willing to keep up with the 20 hours of continuing education to keep up CHW credentials.
- Must have a knowledge of the community they will serve including local culture, language, community resources & neighborhood organizations.
- High School degree or GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.
- Strong ethical grounding and sound judgment, including the ability to handle sensitive matters with confidentiality and discretion
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work with internal and external partners of all levels and to manage up, down, and across different levels of church structure.
- Self-starter with the ability to self-organize, plan and execute programs including planning, resource allocation, monitoring, reporting, and documentation.
- Ability to multi-task and manage competing demands; thrive in an environment of change
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and related software.
All employees are expected to comply with Texas Annual Conference values, policies and procedures. These include taking responsibility for actions and outcomes, being a good stewardship of resources, being transparent, being a team player, producing high-quality work and maintaining a high level of productivity.Interested parties need too:
1. Email their Resume and References to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 14th.
2. Be prepared to submit a brief writing sample on a selected topic given prior to their interview.
3. Bilingual candidate preferred, but not required. (Southeast Hub only)