Health Educator - Community based

Position Status




NHC Position Type

Health Education

Position Summary

 The NHC Chicago AmeriCorps member and Health Educator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating health education programming and initiatives across multiple Erie Family Health Centers locations and communities on various health topics including nutrition, diabetes, safety, and more. The Health Educator will serve with internal and external partners to increase access and education to our patients and community members.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Engaging in outreach and promoting health education topics and healthcare services; Collaborating with pre-existing patients and partner organizations; Identifying hosts and sponsors in various communities to form new partnerships; Recruiting participants; Scheduling and coordinating intervention/class logistics; Facilitating interventions and classes about health issue prevention and management and overall wellness; Creating healthcare and wellness educational materials; Facilitating and conducting healthcare and wellness trainings and classes; Implementing and executing program using established protocols; Managing program evaluations; Conducting data collection; Planning and preparing for classes; Providing health counseling and coaching; Keeping and organizing documentation and records; Securing equipment and supplies. Engaging in program planning; Doing healthy cooking demonstrations; Doing physical exercise demonstrations; Developing community relationships; Coordinating with food access programs.

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate

Speaks language(s) spoken by patient populations Compassionate Experience with public speaking Open-minded Non-judgmental; Self-starter Multi-tasker; ability to balance Coordination and/or great project management skills; Good verbal and written communication skills; Proficient computer skills and data entry skills; Passion for community outreach or helping others to improve their health a plus.

Knowledge Required for the Position

Skill with Microsoft Office or other software for a variety of data processing operations involving a range of problem solving, record keeping, correspondence, and service tracking options.


Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments following set procedures, independently. The supervisor assigns service activities, advises on changes in procedures, and is available for assistance when required. The supervisor assigns service activities in terms of project objectives and basic priorities and is available for consultation in resolving controversial issues.


The service activities are reviewed for accuracy through spot checks, through complaints from customers, and through observation of the Member at service. The Member independently plans and carries out the projects and selects the approaches and methods to be used in solving problems. Completed projects are reviewed very generally to determine that objectives have been met and are in compliance with policies and regulations.


Written and oral guides provide specific instructions for doing service. Most instructions are easily memorized and require little interpretation. Detailed guidelines exist, including regulations and directives, handbooks, precedents, industry standards and files of previous projects. Guidelines are generally applicable, but the Member independently makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations. Member must use considerable judgment in adapting current or developing new guidance.


Member has to develop, analyze, or evaluate information before the service position can progress. The facts or conditions of the service position are clear cut, predictable, and apply directly to the assignment. In making decisions, the Member is often required to depart from past approaches and to extend traditional techniques. The Member must develop new techniques, methods, or approaches to complete service position assignments.

Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments

The Member’s service output is necessary in order to facilitate the service of other staff. Member provides timely services of a personal nature to others. The service position product or service affects the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services. Service position assignments involve a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations that conform to established criteria. The service position product or services affect the social, physical, and economic well-being of a substantial number of people on an ongoing basis.

Nature of Contacts


Purpose of Contacts

To give or exchange information.

Special Considerations

Health screening or service required.

Language Proficiency Requirements

Bilingual - Spanish/English