NHC Position Type
Children’s Division of Community Health envisions all children growing into healthy and thriving adults. With this in mind, our mission is to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and elevate quality of life for children and families in the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. In order to best serve children, families, and communities, we affirm our stance on advancing equitable, and culturally and socially relevant care to all. Our work is focused in communities that have been historically marginalized and under resourced, and we work with community members and organizations to learn from them and work together to address barriers to care, education, and other resources. The HealthCorps member will be an integral part of the Community Health team working on addressing barriers and will be provided the opportunity to participate in community discussions and professional development opportunities to further their understanding of systemic oppression. CHP’s Community Health HealthCorps member will primarily serve within the Health and Prevention and Clinical-Community Connections areas of work.
The Health and Prevention programs that the HealthCorps member will be instrumental in supporting the Healthy Schools Program (HSP), Healthy Out-of-School Time (HOST), and Healthy Early Childhood (HEC) programs. The member will work with schools, out-of-school time, and early childcare settings in priority communities that have been identified based on community demographics. All three programs follow national frameworks developed by organizations who are experts in their respective field. The focus of these initiatives is to improve healthy eating and active living behaviors in the community programs we serve to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. CHP is the local manager of these programs and works with community partners to implement the frameworks in the appropriate setting. Sites implement a process in which they, 1) establish a wellness team; 2) assess their environment for best practices, 3) identify opportunities for improvement,4) establish goals for positive change, 5) develop an action plan for environmental, policy and practice modifications that support youth health and wellbeing, and 6) take action. An on-line platform, tools and resources support each program. The member will be trained on all programs by the onsite supervisor and offered support when needed.
The HealthCorps member will be responsible for recruiting, training, and providing technical assistance to all agencies and partners participating in CHP’s programs. The member will work with agencies to set annual goals and assist in implementation of those goals by connecting agencies to local community partners and resources, national resources, and learning opportunities to support their goals. The member will also identify and coordinate hospital and healthcare-based safety net resources that increase access to care. Additionally, the member will lead on-site educational activities for parents, staff, and students when appropriate.
The HealthCorps member will also be supporting our Clinical-Community Connections work, through which they will be receiving comprehensive resource navigation training to support the community resource needs of identified CHP families. Upon completion of training, the HealthCorps member will also be tasked with assessing at-risk communities for resources to support families’ health-related social needs, including resources related to housing, transportation, food access, childcare, career development, and more. The member can assist with disseminating new resources and policy updates for the Pittsburgh region to the hospital network. The member will also work with families identified from the clinical setting, conducting needs assessments and providing personalized resources and referrals to key community partners, with close follow-up for ongoing support. Member will receive qualitative feedback from families to better understand how and whether referrals/resources were supportive in meeting their needs.
In addition to the above duties, the HealthCorps member will have the opportunity to engage in career exploration and participate in other activities within the Community Health department that are of interest to them
In the event of ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the HealthCorps member will have the option to perform all duties outlined remotely. The member will have the ability to meet with all partner sites to offer trainings and technical assistance through virtual meeting platforms.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Developing and providing health education for the community
- Providing health education to at-risk populations
- Attending trainings and/or community events
- Identifying new sites to provide resources and materials
- Developing and distributing new materials geared towards patients, clients, and/or organizations
- Teaching classes/workshops in-person and remote on health
- Providing outreach in the community to promote services
- Networking with the community
- Doing educational presentations
- Developing educational materials
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
- Good with patient populations
- Excellent communicator
- Good with diverse personalities
- Good interpersonal skills
- Multi-tasker; ability to balance
- Ability to work in deadline-oriented environment
- Interest in health, social justice, and policy issues
- Team player
- Commitment to social justice
- Works well with others
- Good listener
- Thinks creatively
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment
- Organized; sound organizational skills
Knowledge Required for the Position
- Knowledge of AmeriCorps/Health Corps member requirements
- 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.
- 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.
- Guidelines are generally applicable, but the Member independently makes adaptations in dealing with problems and unusual situations.
- 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.
Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments
- Member provides timely services of a personal nature to others.
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Community partners and organizations benefit from the member's services.
Nature of Contacts
- Community Organizations
Purpose of Contacts
- To motivate, influence, or educate people to support change behaviors.
- Unusual service hours, involving evenings, weekends, or long shifts
- Personal vehicle required
Evenings and weekend hours depending on community partner need
Criminal History Check Requirements Beyond NHC Standard Checks
In addition to NHC Standard Checks, all NHC Pittsburgh members are required to complete and pass criminal history checks for Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute/Diversified Care Management (DCM). Great Lakes/DCM is a third party vendor contracted with the Allegheny County Health Department (operating site for NHC Pittsburgh) to distribute NHC Pittsburgh member stipends. NHC Pittsburgh members are onboarded to Great Lakes/DCM system only when the checks have been completed and the member has passed those checks. Along with these checks, ALL NHC Pittsburgh Members Are Required to be Vaccinated against COVID-19.
The checks that all NHC Pittsburgh members would be required to complete and pass for Great Lakes/DCM are the following: 1) Act 33 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance), 2) National Sex Offender Registry Clearance, 3) Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance, and 4) Act 73 (FBI Criminal History Clearance - ONLY completed via Identogo PA).
NHC members do not have to pay for the completion of these checks. Great Lakes/DCM will distribute payment codes for the Act 33 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance) and Act 73 (FBI Criminal History Clearance which is conducted through Identogo PA ( PA FBI fingerprinting agency). The National Sex Offender Registry Clearance and Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance) will be completed by Great Lakes/DCM upon receiving requested information that members will be asked to submit.