Community health workers serve as liaisons between health educators, communities, social services and other healthcare professionals. Duties for this position include advocating for the needs of individuals and the community, education on the availability of healthcare services, and conducting outreach programs.
Education, training and experience are important points to include in your community health worker job description. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement, with certificates or associate degrees preferred. Training in outreach skills and specific areas of concern is usually conducted on-the-job, but workers are expected to have some existing knowledge of the community and its needs.
Good problem-solving skills are a must for community health workers to effectively identify and address community health needs. Verbal skills are important for conducting workshops and addressing individual health concerns, and writing skills are vital to creating literature, proposals and funding applications. Additionally, strong interpersonal skills are desired.
We’re on the hunt for community-minded professionals with a passion for passing on their knowledge of healthy eating and exercise habits to individuals and their local community. As a community health worker, we’ll depend on you to create and integrate health programs while partnering with health organizations and clinical staff. Your knowledge of current community programs and resources will be instrumental in developing well-targeted and effective programs. Besides physical health, the position also requires assisting individuals in improving their mental health, especially those with histories of substance abuse. If you feel you’re ready to help others improve their lives and health, submit your resume and show us what you’ve got.