Health Educator

Position Status




NHC Position Type

Health Education

Position Summary

NHC member will be expected to contribute to PCHS mission in the following programs. The member, under guidance from the mentors, Diane Nieder, RN and Hodan Ismail, MD, are able to focus on areas of interest and we encourage initiative and creativity by the member to help shape their experience to maximize the benefit for them and for the organization. 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. In pediatrics, the habits formed will have long lasting effects. In adults, weight loss and proper nutrition will benefit prevention of development of chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, and musculoskeletal pain. Along with proper nutrition, exercise and weight loss, while preventing and/ or managing chronic diseases if already presence. Hypertension will be a focus, reaching out to patients whose blood pressure is poorly controlled and working to address the obstacles that may be facing the patients. 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. Reading to children at an early age is clearly identified as a major factor in success later in school. The NHC member will promote reading to children directly with the parents providing books for the parents and modeling behavior by reading to patients with them. The program that PCHS uses is Reach Out and read. The member will expand the program so more children benefit from the program that is in place. The developing healthcare system demands the ability to navigate health care access electronically including accessing patient’s providers and health records. The NHC member will facilitate patients’ ability to use the electronic capabilities of the PCHS electronic health record and patient portal. This is turn increases access to providers, health care team, and health information. Caring for the underserved communities well requires facilitating access to community resources and the NHC member will work to connect patients with the appropriate resources outside PCHS in each program. Specific help is needed in Dollar Energy program and in facilitating access to medications

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


  • 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 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.
  • 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.


  • 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


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. All NHC Pittsburgh Members will be 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.