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Community Health Worker (macro) - Housing Policy Lead
Thundermist Health Center West Warwick, RI

Community Health Worker (macro) - Housing Policy Lead

Thundermist Health Center
West Warwick, RI
Expired: over a month ago Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $20 to $25 Hourly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Life Insurance
  • Full-Time
Job Description

General Responsibilities:

The HEZ Community Health Worker – Housing is a macro CHW position and a member of the Health Equity Zone (HEZ) team. The HEZs support workgroups that aim to reduce preventable differences, or social determinants of health, in our communities. This position interacts with the West Warwick community and the HEZ Healthy Neighborhood workgroup to support and amplify the community voice as a change agent. The workgroups are comprised of many organizations, municipalities, businesses, and community members, who meet monthly to increase health equity. This position plays a critical role in the community by providing staff leadership to the Healthy Neighborhood strategy and action plan in close partnership with the Overdose, Prevention and Recovery Workgroup. West Warwick Health Equity Zone “Healthy Neighborhoods” initiative is an early-stage cross sector collective impact partnership working to: (1).Develop a pipeline of affordable/supportive housing for individuals and families living with behavioral health conditions who are experiencing homelessness and/or unstably housed; (2).Increase access to healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and housing stability and retention services for individuals and families living with behavioral health conditions in West Warwick who are unsheltered/experiencing homelessness/housing insecure; and (3).Build community capital to ensure resources are available in West Warwick and expand the Trauma Informed and Recovery Oriented philosophy of home, health, and purpose.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Community Health Worker (CHW) certification or willingness to become certified within 6 months or as soon as possible based on course availability. (All training and certification costs will be paid by RI Department of Health.)
  2. High School diploma/equivalent and a combination of education and skills to effectively carry out responsibilities and assignments, such as previous experience working in a community-based setting.
  3. Ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment.
  4. Maintain timely and accurate records and documentation as required.
  5. Demonstrated experience working with computers and other technology and Microsoft Office applications.
  6. Ability to think critically and solve problems.
  7. Strong organization and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  8. Ability to convey complex information in a clear and understandable manner.
  9. Comfort and experience in harm reduction approaches.
  10. Provide own reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bi-lingual/bi-cultural candidates (Spanish/English) and/or a member of the West Warwick Community strongly preferred.
  2. An individual with lived experience related to housing instability/insecurity strongly preferred.
  3. West Warwick resident or knowledge of West Warwick community.
  4. Familiarity with the Recovery Community strongly preferred.
  5. Commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, and anti-oppression perspectives.
  6. Self-starter and collaborator: ability to work independently and effectively in a team environment.

Physical Effort/Environment:

This position is a combination of office-based and community-based activities. The position involves the following:

·Moderate physical activity is required. Travel to off-site meetings and other program sites as needed.

·General office environment; manual dexterity needed for keyboard work, writing, and phone calls.

·Demonstrated experience working with computers and other technology and Microsoft Office applications.

Work Schedule Demands:

Full-time, weekdays, with the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

Communication Skills:

·Strong communication skills, both oral and written, required.

·Ability to engage and relate to community members who have lived experience with issues in their community, such as housing instability/lack of housing, substance use, poverty, trauma, and other social determinants of health.

·Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, community members, and partner agencies.

·Bilingual, written and spoken language strongly preferred

Confidentiality of Information:

Must maintain all policies of confidentiality always and use discretion surrounding agency information and management issues.

Significant Job Functions:

1.Key member of Health Equity Zone team; collaborates with community members, partner organizations, municipalities, faith-based organizations, and other community resources to support the coordination and implementation of strategic goals and action plans.

2.Provide support, information, and leadership to community residents to amplify their voice in HEZ workgroups and support the development of their role as community leaders who work to increase community empowerment and engagement

3.Outreach and work with diverse populations experiencing homelessness/housing instability, encourage community members and families to be an active voice in making permanent change in their community with the aim of health equity.

4.Serve as an advocate for the HEZ mission, with the goal of empowering the community to use their resilience to become more connected and engaged

5.Support Healthy Neighborhoods work group to develop and execute against their work plans.

6.Support and maintain trusting relationships with partner agencies and community resources, residents, and groups

7.Represent HEZ team at meetings and outreach events as needed

8.Assist in team evaluation and management of data collection, surveys, assessment, and reporting as needed

9.Ability to thrive in a fluid, innovative, ambiguous, and creative environment

10.Flexibility, independence, self-starter, and team player who can follow through on direction and ask clarifying questions

11.A sense of humor, flexibility, and desire to have a fun, but fast-paced, work environment.

12.Strong understanding of Windows or Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook

Company Description
Thundermist's Mission - To improve the health of our patients and communities by delivering exceptional health care, removing barriers to that care, and advancing healthy lifestyles.


Thundermist Health Center

West Warwick, RI



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