Community Health Worker

Fund for Public Health | New York, New York

Background

The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across NYC.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This position will be based within the Bureau of Health Promotion of Justice Impacted Populations (BHPJIP) in the DOHMH Division of Mental Hygiene. Through the use of data, policy, and program implementation, BHPJIP promotes community-based, health-led, cross-sector strategies that reduce criminal-justice involvement, and improve the transition of individuals back to the community after incarceration and community supervision. BHPJIP seeks to improve the physical and behavioral health and well-being of marginalized populations, with specific emphasis on persons involved and impacted by the justice system, by focusing on the role that healthcare and public health can play in addressing their complex health and social needs.

This position sits within a 3 year grant funded project - the New York City Health Justice Network (NYC HJN), an innovative program that aims to  holistically improve the physical, behavioral and emotional health and wellbeing of persons with justice involvement (PWJI) who are returning from incarceration. PWJI are defined as anyone who has had direct contact with any level of the criminal justice system (e.g. incarceration, probation, parole, police contact, etc.) Utilizing trained Community Health Workers with lived experience of the justice system the program aims to increases clients access to, engagement in, and quality of community-based healthcare and social services. The NYC HJN connects primary care and community-based reentry organizations (CBOs) with experience serving PWJI to serve NYC HJN clients, employing an innovative client engagement strategy that includes: 1) employing community health workers with lived experience of the criminal justice system working as navigators between the health and social systems; and 2) implementing trauma informed care interventions in clinical and community settings.

Job Summary

FPHNYC seeks a Community Health Worker (CHW). Under the direction of the NYC HJN’s CHW Supervisor, the CHW will serve as the link between PWJI – particularly those transitioning from jail and prison back into the community− and primary care clinics and community-based social service organizations. The CHW will connect PWJI to healthcare and social services to address their complex medical and social needs to improve overall health and wellbeing.  Additionally, the CHW will conduct community outreach to further connect persons impacted by the justice system to health and human services.  This position will be based at Sydenham Health Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, located at 264 W 118th Street, New York NY 10026.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain strong relational presence within identified primary care clinic(s) and CBOs
  • Conduct community outreach and provide education, on primary care and social services, to  persons impacted by the justice system
  • Maintain a caseload of client participants  including goal setting, creation of a participant action plan, and reinforcement sessions
  • Accompany participants to medical and social services visits, as needed
  • Maintain up-to-date documentation and data entry in accordance with organizational guidelines
  • Prepare case-related reports including outcomes, successes and challenges
  • Engage in routine case conferencing with CHW Supervisor and clinical and social service teams
  • Complete required in-house trainings including, CHW training and data platform training, and other trainings as required by the primary care clinics and community-based organizations
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Preference will be given to candidates with lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
  • Northern Manhattan residents preferred
  • Experience providing coaching, mentoring, adult learning, counseling, outreach, workshop facilitation, and/or group/community presentations preferred
  • Experience working with marginalized populations, particularly PWJI, preferred
  • A commitment to collective action and community organizing preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in a fast paced environment

Please note: All candidates will be subject to background checks as required by the site of the position. For jobs based at NYC Health + Hospitals facilities, all employees are fingerprinted and investigated (by the NYC Department of Investigation or H+H) to fulfill NYC H+H terms and conditions.

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