Non-Clinical Careers at Lifespan

Community Health Worker Job

Job Number: RIH18330

Job Title: Community Health Worker

Department: 2PC&F Kopel HCC - 7721016

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Two (2) years of verifiable experience providing information, education, intervention and/or referral services to culturally diverse populations. Recent experience (last 5 years) working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a health care setting preferred.

Community Health Worker certification in Rhode Island preferred, but not required.

Experience with motivational interviewing, advising/counseling clients, and/or participating in health promotion and health education activities.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Excellent organization, thorough record-keeping, follow through, and ability to juggle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment with multiple collaborators.

Demonstrated excellent attendance and reliability.

Prior experience using an electronic health record preferred.

Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

The Community Asthma Program (CAP) Community Health Worker (CHW) provides navigational, case management, and home/community-based services, as well as, direct asthma education and environmental control strategies, in collaboration with certified asthma educators, to children at risk or diagnosed with asthma and their families who are referred to community, home-based and school based pediatric asthma management, education and intervention programs.

A Community Health Worker is “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.” (APHA CHW Section)

Specifically, the role of the CAP community health worker is to:
- Operate in a supportive role within an interdisciplinary health care team utilizing an integrated care and treatment model.
- Provide screening, outreach, case management, navigational, and standardized evidence-based asthma intervention services to children and their caregivers who are referred for pediatric asthma management education and intervention programs.
- Collaborate with the medical home- primary care (PCP), hospital based, community (e.g., certified asthma educators) and school based health care providers (e.g., School Nurse Teachers), to deliver interventions that will maximize child asthma health outcomes.