NHC Position Type
Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center (PMFHC) a part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System began operating a Mobile Medical Service on a mobile medical unit. This service meets the needs of patients who are unable to be reached by the stationary health center, due to a number of social and determinants such as transportation, poverty, disability, etc. This unit brings primary care to these underserved individuals throughout the greater Pittsburgh Area. The AmeriCorps member will be a key member of the multidisciplinary Mobile Medical Unit team, providing health navigation services to patients seen on the unit. The member would also help with other patient support programs such as chronic disease education, tobacco cessation and overdose prevention. In general, the member will enhance and expand service offerings to our patient by providing these services.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Providing brief health education to patients,
- Attending meetings and patient huddles,
- Conducting phone outreach as assigned by leadership,
- Assisting in care coordination and resource referrals,
- Conducting outreach to patients via phone/letters,
- Linking patients to care by scheduling appointments,
- Finding additional community resources and programs for patients
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
- Comfortable with diversity,
- Basic knowledge of medical terminology,
- Proficient computer and data entry skills (e.g., Microsoft Excel)
- Multi-tasker; ability to balance,
- Good communication skills,
- Takes initiative,
- Comfortable in fast-paced environment,
- Organized; sound organizational skills,
- Good customer service,
- Good telephone skills,
- Start projects independently
Knowledge Required for the Position
Knowledge of AmeriCorps/Health Corps member requirements
- Member uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments following set procedures, independently.
- 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.
- Most instructions are easily memorized and require little interpretation.
- 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 Member must develop new techniques, methods, or approaches to complete service position assignments.
Purpose and Impact of Service Position Assignments
Member provides timely services of a personal nature to others.
Nature of Contacts
Purpose of Contacts
to give or exchange information
Health screening or service required
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.