Community Health Worker – RVA Breathes Asthma Outreach and Education

 (New Positions) 

Updated February 22, 2019

IPHI Background:

With a focus on Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities, particularly those most affected by health inequities. IPHI has emerged as one of the region’s leading partners working on the development, coordination, and evaluation of community health worker (CHW) initiatives.  IPHI has trained over 500 CHWs since 2011, has created dozens of CHW jobs, and is one of the region’s most consistent CHW employers.  IPHI currently has numerous programs and partnerships through which CHWs conduct outreach and health education and directly support people to effectively utilize preventive care and community-based support services.

Position Title:  Community Health Worker – Asthma Outreach and Education

Position Available: Two full-time positions in Richmond, VA. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment is contingent upon funding.

Program Overview:

IPHI has partnered with VCU to implement a pediatric asthma self-management education intervention as part of a broader study called RVA Breathes. In this intervention, CHWs will work alongside a Healthy Homes assessor to help families that have a child diagnosed with asthma increase their knowledge of and ability to remediate home-based asthma-triggers, improve the child’s asthma self-management, and identify and resolve barriers to asthma care. Families will primarily receive support from CHWs through a year-long series of home visits.

Job Summary:

CHWs are trained community members that use their knowledge of the community to provide education and help clients (patients) navigate the healthcare and social service system. In this program, the CHW’s primary goal will be to increase families’ knowledge and engagement in asthma self-management practices. They will conduct home visits with each family and will provide on-going support to assist the family in meeting their goals for improving asthma self-management for their child.

Reports to:  The IPHI Resource Advisor/Program Manager

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide family-based asthma education alongside a Healthy Homes assessor through home visits.
  • Work with the family to create action plans to improve asthma outcomes for their child.
  • Provide on-going support to the family to help them meet the goals in their action plan.
  • Ensure that families are connected to a medical provider to manage asthma care.
  • Provide referrals to relevant community resources.
  • Submit accurate and complete data on a regular basis through electronic systems.
  • Comply with all program protocols, including those regarding confidentiality of client information.
  • Participate in all staff and program meetings, events, and other mandatory trainings as assigned.
  • Keep supervisor informed of all problems, challenges and conflicts related to job.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge:
    • Knowledge of regional community resources.
  • Experience:
    • Experience or familiarity with issues related to asthma care and treatment or other chronic conditions.
    • Familiarity with issues that put people at risk for poorer health is preferred, such as homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence, and/or substance abuse.
  • Skills:
    • Organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to identify and appropriately refer clients to community resources.
    • Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with families, program staff and partner agencies.
    • Basic computer skills required.
  • Personal qualities:
    • Energy, compassion, and sound practical judgment.
    • Ability to work both independently during periods of less supervision and effectively in a busy environment.
    • Resourcefulness will be required to assist families.
    • Commitment and passion to serving their community and improving the lives of children with asthma.

Education Required: 

A high school diploma or GED is required for this position. Exceptions may be granted with otherwise qualified candidates when a commitment to complete a GED within a certain time period is made in conjunction with acceptance of employment.

Additional Requirements:

Employment is expected to start in April 2019. Finalists for this position must complete an intensive training in June. More information will be provided during the interview process. Candidates will be compensated for their time while participating in training. Employees may be required to conduct outreach and support families outside of traditional work hours, such as evenings.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is contingent upon available funding and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The starting salary for these full-time positions is approximately $32,000.  IPHI offers a competitive benefit package with vacation and sick leave, health/dental/vision insurance, disability insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan contributions for full-time employees.

Job Location: 

CHWs will be employed by the Institute for Public Health Innovation (www.institutephi.org), which has an office located in Richmond, VA. The CHW’s office will be located in the Richmond-based VCU asthma research lab.  

Travel:

Almost daily travel within Richmond city is required for this position.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, follow these instructions to upload a resume and cover letter to: https://www.institutephi.org/careers/chw01-2019Please use the following naming convention when saving your resume and cover letter: Last Name, First Name-Resume and Last Name, First Name-Cover No phone calls please.

No phone calls, please.

The Institute for Public Health Innovation values a diverse, respectful, and collaborative work environment. We establish and maintain trustful relationships with all staff, contractors, funders, partners, and communities. We believe that hard work, a focus on quality, and a passion for the public’s health are required to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. IPHI looks to all staff and contractors to contribute to the effective implementation of programmatic activities.