NHC Position Type
The member’s role will be to promote, plan, and educate the community about Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention programs. This will be done by engaging school districts, community partners and families and caregivers to promote a collective impact strategy developed by the Healthy Kids Allegheny Task Force. The member will provide technical assistance to increase physical activity and improve nutrition in school, community-based and home settings. This member will have a focus on older adult outreach and education with a focus on falls prevention This person will promote injury prevention education information to the community. Lastly, the member will share obesity prevention resources to Live Well Allegheny participants and community partners.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Providing outreach to agencies to build awareness
- Actively participating in heath campaigns by monitoring health issue trends
- Creating and developing communications related to outreach campaigns
- Obtaining feedback to improve on communication materials
- Developing and providing health education for the community
- Providing outreach to stakeholders to identify issues
- Gathering data on critical issues impacting the community
- Planning, scheduling, and convening workgroups between organizations
- Utilizing data to schedule education sessions
- Utilizing partnerships and data to coordinate referrals
- 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
- Creating basic curriculum and revisiting and revising it
- Teaching classes/workshops in-person and remote on health
- Providing outreach in the community to promote services
- Assessing and reporting on existing services in the target area
- Creating and implementing surveys to assess program effectiveness
- Developing new program materials to aid reach, scope, and effectiveness
- Networking with the community
- Doing educational presentations
- Coordinating with outside facilities, faith-based organizations, social services agencies, private medical practices, etc.
- Developing educational materials
- Collecting and tracking of data
Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate
- Experience with public speaking
- Good with diverse personalities
- Good interpersonal skills
- Multi-tasker; ability to balance
- Interest in health, social justice, and policy issues
- Team player
- Commitment to social justice
- Background in social justice or advocacy work
- Community-organizing experience
- Works well with others
- Good listener
- Thinks creatively
- Ability to work in fast-paced environment
- Organized; sound organizational skills
I believe that all of these characteristics can be important assets in regards to the strengths of a National Health Corps Member. The most important characteristics to be able to thrive in this position are to be open, willing to learn, and willing to share your ideas.
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 National Health Corps Member in this position will be required to work towards an overall, large goal of wellness and safety for all in Allegheny County. This is through some specific tasks as well as there is room for the member to be a self starter and think creatively within the scope of work of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Program.
- The service activities are reviewed for accuracy through spot checks, through complaints from customers, and through observation of the Member at 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.
- The service position assignments vary significantly or often involve unusual circumstances and incomplete or conflicting data.
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Depending on the particular program, there is alot of room for changes while others have rigid rules. One example would be a request for education on a specific topic vs. delivering an evidence based educational program.
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 services affect the social, physical, and economic well-being of a substantial number of people on an ongoing basis.
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A National Health Corps member is an invaluable asset to the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention team. Our work would not be as broad or deep without the work and inputs of this member.
Nature of Contacts
- Community Organizations
Purpose of Contacts
- To give or exchange information
- Unusual physical demands involving climbing, lifting, stooping, and reaching, etc.
- Unusual service hours, involving evenings, weekends, or long shifts
- Personal vehicle required
- Significant travel (more than 25%)
- Health screening or service required
This position is an outreach position for the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team. One example that would cover all special considerations would be a weekend tabling event. For this event, the National Health Corps member may have to carry and transport a large number of items that would require movement from our storage areas to the members vehicle. The member would then be in charge of driving those materials to a location, setting them up, and then returning any spares back to the storage building.
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.