The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) will hire, train and deploy a team of Community Health Workers across Fairfax County, Virginia who will work as an integrated part of the Fairfax County Health Department COVID-19 response effort.
The Community Health Worker collaborates with contact tracing teams, the Health Department Outreach Team, and the community to provide culturally competent support and communication to individuals and families for following COVID-19 related self-isolation and quarantine protocols. This is achieved through health education; coaching, modeling and reinforcing recommended health messages; and identifying and addressing barriers to programs and services needed to safely self-isolate and quarantine.
The Community Health Worker connects individuals and families in diverse communities to community-based programs, services and resources by utilizing neighborhood or community-level knowledge and familiarity. This includes facilitating access to food, transportation, shelter, physical and mental healthcare, child and elderly care, and other social supports.
- Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school or GED issued by state department of education
- Three years of work related to health and human services or relevant community volunteer experience, such as with parent groups, faith-based organizations, civic groups, etc.
- A related two-year (Associate) degree may be substituted for the required experience
- Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally and gain trust with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress
- Ability to show empathy to distressed individuals
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism
- Fluency in English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi
- Prior experience working with or accessing community resources and human services in Fairfax County
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Candidates must be able to work both onsite at the health department and in the community.
Candidates must be proficient in the use of mobile phones and computer applications.
Regular access to a vehicle for travel between worksites and communities within Fairfax County is needed.
This is a temporary position in response to needs resulting from COVID-19. This position is designated as essential and is part of the County's emergency response which operates seven days a week. Shift work may be required with hours during evenings and weekends.
About the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)The Institute for Public Health Innovation is a regional non-profit organization that develops multi-sector partnerships and innovative solutions to improve the public's health and well-being across Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. IPHI's work strengthens health systems and policy, enhances conditions that promote health, and strengthens government and community capacity to ensure equitable health opportunities for all.