The Community Health Advocate (CHA) is a frontline public health worker who performs a wide variety of duties at the paraprofessional level to engage, support, advocate and educate community members in overall health and wellness. The CHA serves as a liaison or link between health and social services and the community to facilitate access and improve health outcomes by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.
High School Diploma or equivalent required.
One (1) year of experience in a community related role required.
BLS certification required within 6 months of hire.
Mental Health First Aid training required within 6 months of hire.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
Communication and interpersonal skills
Organized, detail oriented and motivated
Dependable, consistency and professionalism
Strong customer service skills
Ability to work with a team, external and internal
Ability to capture and report data
Extensive knowledge of community resources
Develop and draft goals to address barriers to healthcare
Ability to work with patients to reach goals identified
Ability to identify environments potentially requiring notification to authorities (Child Abuse and Elderly)
Reliable transportation and valid PA drivers license
Able to communicate information in an organized and clear manner
Basic computer skills
Maintains appropriate personal appearance
Community Health Worker Certification preferred.
This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.
Penn State Health is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday - Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF for more detailed steps for assistance.
Internal Number: 18609
About Penn State Health
At Penn State Hershey, our mission is to enhance the quality of life and serve our community through improved health, the education of health professionals, and the discovery of knowledge. For us, service excellence is not only for our patients but also our employees. It means valuing each and every employee.