Health Educator

Position Status

Full

Site

Pittsburgh

NHC Position Type

Health Education

Position Summary

Obesity is a major public health issue among the pediatric and adult patients. NHC member will be on the frontline addressing the issue with the patients and parents providing education, encouragement, and follow up and referral to appropriate community resources. A unique aspect of the NHC member’s efforts in reducing obesity will be working with our Healthy Lifestyle Program (previously FitBit) weight management program.  Patients are provided with fitbits, trained in their use and closely followed-up to encourage weight loss and better health outcomes. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifying hosts and sponsors in various communities to form new partnerships recruiting participants,
  • Creating healthcare and wellness educational materials, facilitating and conducting healthcare and wellness trainings and classes
  • Implementing and executing program using established protocols
  • Planning and preparing for classes,
  • Providing health counseling and coaching,
  • 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

  • Compassionate,
  • Open-minded,
  • Non-judgmental,
  • Self-starter,
  • Multi-tasker; ability to balance,
  • Coordination and/or great project management skills,
  • Good verbal and written communication skills,
  • Progressively responsible education or experience in health and human services related field
  • 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

  • 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

Supervision

  • 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

Review

  • 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.

Guidelines

  • 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.
  • Member must use considerable judgment in adapting current or developing new guidance.

Complexity

  • The facts or conditions of the service position are clear cut, predictable, and apply directly to the assignment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The member is required to investigate or analyze a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions.

Nature of Contacts

Public

Purpose of Contacts

To motivate, influence, or educate people to support change behaviors

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. 

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.