A Community Health Worker (CHW) I is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between the health care system, social services, and the community. A CHW I is a trusted member, and has a close understanding of, the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A CHW I assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy, and participation in clinical research.
The ideal Community Health Worker will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge of the community the Community Health Worker will serve
Communication skills, both verbally and in writing
Interpersonal skills that encourage relationship building with a diverse group
Capacity building and advocacy skills
The ideal candidate for the Community Health Worker I role is someone who has the following attributes:
Conduct needs assessments, develop patient plans, conduct and/or navigate patient to appropriate interventions designed to improve access to health care and/or health status.
Provide referral and linkage to follow-up services within the community and within BSWH
Following a defined protocol, conduct culturally appropriate skills building self-management education sessions on different topics for groups and individuals.
Teach basic concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and self-management.
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!