Community Health Educator I
Department: Family Planning
Job Type: Full Time
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Shift: Days
Work Days: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Date Posted: 01/04/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-86926
Under the general direction of the Supervisor of Prevention Education, Outreach, and Counseling provides school and community-based health education programs targeting teens, their parents, and interested others.
Provides health education and advocacy for junior high and high school students.
Provides consultation to classroom teachers and direct classroom teaching that is culturally and developmentally appropriate.
Education is offered not only to main stream academic classes but the bilingual, vocational, and alternative high school classes as well.
Offers after school health education programs and support groups as indicated.
Assists patients in exploring feelings and concerns about sexuality, pregnancy and other life style choices.
Assists clients in making an informed decision about these issues by providing information, both oral and written, and helping clarify values and priorities.
Links students with necessary school and community resources and agencies.
Maintains charts and all appropriate paperwork (releases, referrals, case notes).
Attends all the regular staff meetings, trainings, and supervision as appropriate.
Participates in high school committees as appropriate.
Facilitates meetings when appropriate.
Provides baseline HIV/AIDS information to all family planning patients, does risk assessment, and provides risk reduction counseling to those at risk for HIV.
Provides pre- and post-test HIV antibody counseling in accordance with the HIV Program and the MDPH standards of care.
Coordinates the use of health education/counseling materials used at the site
Performs all aspects of family planning education/counseling according to the
Title X, and MDPH Family Planning Program standards.
Submits FPERs, community education/outreach reports and other requested data, in a consistent and timely manner.
Participates in the Family Planning Program's Continuous Quality Improvement Plan.
Participates in outreach activities for the Family Planning Program as appropriate.
- Bachelor's Degree
- Work Experience:
- 4 years of related experience required, 2 of those years being a health counselor in a reproductive health setting preferred
- Knowledge of a second language preferred (Portuguese, Spanish, or Haitian Kreyol.)
- Physical Skills:
- Sufficient mobility to negotiate physical plant.
- Strength and endurance to perform physically for long periods of time (four to eight plus hours) (i.e., walking lifting, bending, twisting, standing, reaching).
- Physical dexterity and psychomotor skills to respond adequately and appropriately to routine and emergent patient care needs in an ambulatory setting.
- Mental Skills:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to relate well to a diverse patient population, other staff members, and the general public.
- Sensitivity to reproductive health issues.
- Nonjudgmental attitude.
- High level of self-awareness and an interest in gaining self-knowledge
- An interest in learning and improving counseling skills.
- Ability to learn and use improvement methods.
- Ability to advocate for the program and the clients at the site.
- Ability to work in a demanding busy and stressful environment.