Community Health Outreach Worker I - Dhhs - Public Health

County Of Humboldt Eureka , CA 95501

Posted 3 days ago

DEFINITION

Under supervision, performs outreach, assessment and referrals and coordinates support services for at-risk clients and their families; may take specimens and conduct medical screening procedures; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Community Health Outreach Worker I is the entry level in this specialist support class. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn program policies and procedures. This class is alternatively staffed with Community Health Outreach Worker II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Under the direction of a case manager, performs visits to clients and their families in their homes, shelters or on the streets to provide information and education; assists professional staff in providing health education and in the implementation of client care plans.

  • Interviews clients to assess risk factors for various health and safety problems including HIV, domestic violence and child abuse or neglect; refers clients to appropriate support services or community service agencies.

  • Participates in the development of the client care plan for assigned clients; monitors progress and provides information for care plan updates.

  • Promotes appropriate health screening and testing such as prenatal and perinatal health care and/or HIV testing; assists clients, their caregivers and families in developing healthier lifestyles; provides information concerning ways to reduce the risk of transmission of communicable diseases.

  • Models daily living skills appropriate for the client including resource management, housekeeping methods and parenting and childcare skills.

  • Transports clients to medical appointments, service provider appointments, shopping and to other facilities to meet identified client needs.

  • Collects data, maintains records and prepares progress notes and reports in accordance with state and local requirements.

  • Advocates for clients and assists clients and their families to establish and maintain a community support system.

  • Maintains current knowledge of cultural factors, health issues and community resources and services which affect clients.

  • May perform oral HIV antibody testing, obtain blood and urine specimens, and/or conduct various screening procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Cultural, social, health and mental health issues affecting the client population.

  • Basic principles of training and instruction.

  • Techniques for dealing with clients with multiple problems.

  • Community resources and service provider agencies.

  • Basic interviewing techniques and methods.

  • Principles and methods of housekeeping, household safety, household maintenance, money management, nutrition, meal planning and shopping.

  • Knowledge of ethnic and/or socio-economic factors of the community.

  • Applying a variety of methods to solve client problems.

  • Principles and methods of parenting and child development including alternative discipline methods.

Skill in:

  • Conducting interviews and assessments with people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Responding to client situations and taking effective action.

  • Maintaining accurate case records, files and reports.

  • Utilizing community resources effectively to assist clients.

  • Responding sensitively to the needs of people from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Researching problems, finding and applying alternative solutions.

  • Exercising sound independent judgment within established guidelines.

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California driver's license. Must have a vehicle, with current insurance coverage, available to transport clients. Designated positions may be required to obtain certification as a phlebotomist.

Desirable Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is some college level coursework in community health, nursing, child development or a related field and one year experience providing direct health education, outreach, early childhood education or case management services to client groups typically served by human services agencies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CalPERS Retirement

  • Tier I: Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7 @ 55
  • Tier II: Post 7/6/2012: 2.0 @ 55
  • Tier III: Post 1/1/2013: 2.0 @ 62

Selection Procedure

The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations.

A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

How to Apply

A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.

Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.

LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONTRACT. THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.


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Community Health Outreach Worker I - Dhhs - Public Health

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