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Community Health Workers

Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Perform basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicable disease screening.
    • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions, such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.
    • Administer immunizations or other basic preventive treatments.
    • Identify the particular health care needs of individuals in a community or target area.
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to self-care, such as diabetes management.
    • Conduct home visits for pregnant women, newborn infants, or other high-risk individuals to monitor their progress or assess their needs.
    • Transport or accompany clients to scheduled health appointments or referral sites.
    • Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
    • Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
    • Refer community members to needed health services.
    • Advocate for individual or community health needs with government agencies or health service providers.
    • Teach appropriate parenting behaviors to individuals or families.
    • Report incidences of child or elder abuse, neglect, or threats of harm to authorities, as required.
    • Teach classes or otherwise disseminate medical or dental health information to school groups, community groups, or targeted families or individuals, in a manner consistent with cultural norms.
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to sanitation or hygiene, such as flossing or hand washing.
    • Collect information from individuals to compile vital statistics about the general health of community members.
    • Assist families to apply for social services, including Medicaid or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
    • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to social or intellectual development, such as education, childcare, or problem solving.
    • Provide basic health services, such as first aid.
    • Interpret, translate, or provide cultural mediation related to health services or information for community members.
    • Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members.
    • Monitor nutrition of children, elderly, or other high-risk groups.
    • Advise clients or community groups to ensure parental understanding of the importance of childhood immunizations and how to access immunization services.
    • Develop plans or formal contracts for individuals, families, or community groups to improve overall health.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.57/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,960
    • Yearly Projected Openings 250

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Inkjet printers
    • Glucose monitors or meters
    • Emergency medical services first aid kits
    • Electronic blood pressure units
    • Automobiles or cars

    Technology

    • Internet browser software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
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