Community Health Worker

Pima County Government   Tucson, AZ   Full-time     Dentistry
Posted on March 22, 2024
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5902 - Community Health Worker I (Mobile Dental)

OPEN UNTIL FILLED 

Salary Grade: 2
 
Pay Range
Hiring Range: $16.54 - $19.43 Per Hour
 
Full Range: $16.54 - $22.33 Per Hour  

 
Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other employees within the same job classification.  

The Pima County Health Department is seeking passionate individuals to join the Cavity Free AZ Program to reach children who do not have access to regular dental care. The dental team provides preventive dental services in a 36-foot recreational vehicle that has been converted into our mobile dental unit. In this grant-funded position, Community Health Worker I (CHW), offers a variety of responsibilities such as scheduling and preparing for mobile dental clinics. The CHW is responsible for assisting with the outreach to schools, scheduling educational presentations and clinics in Sunnyside, Tucson, Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, and Marana Unified School Districts. You will work closely with schools and community partners and provide a short dental sealant education in classrooms. As part of the Oral Health team, the CHW will also assist with the daily clinic processes including chairside dental assisting. You will receive training and ongoing support to develop your dental skills. You will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of children and families and make a meaningful impact on their health and well-being.
 
This position is a full-time position and includes exceptional Pima County benefits!

APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE WITHOUT COPY OF DIPLOMA OR GED.  

 

Duties/Responsibilities

(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

  • Provides clients with program-specific educational information and determines eligibility for receipt of program services;
  • Provides information to clients and initiates and documents client referrals to other public agencies and programs;
  • Answers general questions from the public concerning program-specific information, policies, procedures and service availability;
  • Inventories, orders, receives, stores and distributes program supplies;
  • Enters program specific data into appropriate databases, client records, and program forms;
  • Maintains confidentiality and security of information created or encountered in the course of assigned duties;
  • Performs home visits to identify clients and provide program-specific outreach services;
  • Provides outreach services, information and education to targeted populations including preventive health care and child wellness, perinatal care, breast feeding, immunizations, sexual health and family planning, oral health, nutrition, tuberculosis, parenting skills, and basic childhood development;  
  • Recognizes and respects cultural diversity and adapts communications to individual's understanding;
  • Provides outreach services through door to door canvassing, community presentations, distribution of flyers, support group meetings and word of mouth promotion; 
    Assists clients with accessing services based on program requirements;
  • Maintains written and/or electronic client records documenting client history, vital information, and services provided to program participants;
    Contacts clients regarding follow-up appointments and services;
  • Represents work unit, program or clinic at community events, health fairs, and in meetings with community organizations and agencies;
  • Makes presentations to community interest groups on program-related topics;
  • May perform capillary finger punctures, urine and pregnancy tests, hemoglobin screening, height and weight measurements and documents appropriately in client record;
  • May assist in the clinical setting with County-provided certification and under the direction of the Clinic Nurse Supervisor;
  • May be required to participate in Public Health Emergency events, exercises and training;
  • Applies computer and other electronic equipment techniques to support office operations;
  • Assists support staff performing administrative duties, i.e. typing, filing, faxing, reception, etc.


 
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
 
Knowledge of:

  • organization and functions in a public health setting;
  • community resources agencies;
  • basic medical terminology;
  • use of computer equipment for creation and maintenance of client and activity record;
  • universal precautions and procedures for safety in a medical setting.

 Skill in:

  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • reading, understanding and applying policies and procedures;
  • performing capillary finger punctures, hemoglobin, (if certified), and pregnancy testing;
  • performing and maintaining universal precautions and procedures for safety;
  • working as a member of a team;
  • understanding and relating to the issues of low income and minority individuals and their families;
  • entering data into a computer database.

 

Minimum Qualifications

(1) A High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certification (required for certification in capillary finger punctures) and three months of experience in a health related or social service setting.

(Proof of High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certification must be provided at time of application.)


OR:


(2) At least nine semester hours or 18 quarter hours of college-level course work from an accredited college or university in the areas of medical terminology, health care skills, human anatomy and physiology, medical office procedures, medical transcription, nutrition, public or community health, or related medical or social services training.


Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.  


Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.): 

  1. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish).
  2. Experience working with young children and families.
  3. Minimum six (6) months experience with Microsoft Office.