AmeriCorps Community Health Worker
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Local Public Health Agencies work to improve community well-being by providing services that help prevent disease, illness and injury, particularly in communities (populations) most adversely impacted by social, economic and environmental disparities. Colorado Public Health Works provides a year of professional experience in the field of public health for individuals aged 17-25 from local communities throughout Colorado to increase the capacity of Local Public Health Agencies (LPHA).
Through funding with AmeriCorps State and National and the Schultz Family Foundation, the Community Health Workers are frontline public health connectors that have a close understanding of the community they serve. This trusting relationship enables them to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Community Health Workers build individual and community capacity through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
This Program leverages support from AmeriCorps through Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission for Community Service to empower community-based organizations to meet locally identified needs and statewide challenges through service.
Specifically, this position:
- Coordinates care, provides case management support, and assists individuals and communities in navigating health and social service systems.
- Performs cultural mediation among individuals, communities, and health and social service systems.
- Provides culturally appropriate health education and information.
- Provides coaching and social support.
- Assists with promotion for individuals and communities.
- Builds individual and community capacity and growth.
- Implements individual and community assessments.
- Completes an average of three hours of training each week, provided primarily in a virtual environment, with some limited in-person trainings. Each host site will provide on the job training with appropriate mentoring and supervision for the CHW.
To view the full job description, visit https://www.larimer.gov/hr/careers/job-descriptions#/app/detail/Public_Health_Intern_TEMP.
We are looking for a candidate that will:
- Have both lived or professional experience with underserved communities including but not limited to Latinx, Black/African American, Native American/Indigenous, LGBTQ+, housing unstable, and/or community members living below the Federal Poverty level, as these populations have higher prevalence of disease and death.
- Have foundational knowledge of one or more of these populations, and will be able to use their communication and interpersonal skills to connect and build trust with community members across Larimer County.
- Work directly with community members, professional partners, AmeriCorps staff and LCDHE’s staff in goal setting, establishing priorities for work, and connecting them with other community members, organizations, and staff from other departments as needed to accomplish those priorities.
- Have innovation, team work, and strong interpersonal skills.
All candidates will be screened for the following required minimum qualifications. Any candidate who does not meet all of the qualifications listed as required will be eliminated from the process.
- Sophomore level course work in Environmental Health, Public Health, or a related field required.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License required.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred.
For all temporary positions, sick leave and our Employee Assistance Program are available and other benefits may be available.
Larimer County offers the following for all Regular/Limited Term positions:
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
- Flexible Spending Accounts / Health Savings Account
- Short and Long Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program
- Basic Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment
- Accident Insurance
- Critical Illness Insurance
- Retirement Plan 401(a) with employer match
- 457(b) Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including vacation, sick and holidays
To view information on Larimer County's Benefits, visit https://www.larimer.org/hr/benefits.
This is a temporary position. The typical schedule for this position is 8am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, but occasional weekend and evening hours my be needed.
- Starting October 2022 to October 2023. Members serve for 1 full year/12 months, 40 hours per week with 40 hours vacation/time off permitted.
- 2000 hours are completed to meet the requirement for the AmeriCorps and Apprenticeship model and includes comprehensive training and direct service-learning activities. Participants may be eligible to apply previous hours for experience and education to the term.
- Benefits from the Colorado Public Health Works:
- Provide collaborative training regularly with the host sites.
- Build cohesion and shared network for CHW to learn and connect from peer groups.
- Support with job placement and/or education counseling after certification, and completion of AmeriCorps.
- Benefits from Larimer County Department of Health and Environment:
- Health and other employment benefits, equal to benefits provided to other temporary employees.
- Other Benefits:
- Post service Education Award, for successful completion of term up to $6,483 to apply towards tuition at eligible institutions.
An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
All application components must be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on the closing date listed.
Larimer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and prohibits discrimination and harassment in all employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation), national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law or regulation.