Access Art is seeking a full time Community Health Outreach Specialist to spearhead a Health Market and support our community building efforts in the Southwest Baltimore City community of Morrell Park. The Specialist will help build individual capacity, self sufficiency, and improve health outcomes in the community though outreach and community education, advocacy, linking residents to health and social services, and by increasing the health knowledge of residents.
- –Integrate into the target neighborhood and engage community by building mutually beneficial and trusting relationships with residents, youth, parents, community leaders, and schools.
- –Build and maintain relationships with community resources, referral sources, health organizations, agencies, and associations.
- –Obtain and share up-to-date eligibility requirements and other information about health insurance, public health programs, social services and additional resources to promote health.
- –Promote health within the community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors and coordinate educational programs and outreach activities.
- –Organize and coordinate the health portion of the weekly community Health Market and Food Distribution.
- –Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Assist individuals to navigate services and resources in health and human services systems and case manage as appropriate.
- –Deliver health-related preventive services if certified. (eg: blood pressure screening)
- –Attend monthly community association meetings, core neighborhood leadership meetings, and community organizing coaching meetings as appropriate.
- –Research data, modalities, and strategies that can support and inform community building efforts around the social determinants of health.
- –Collect community wide data, track budgetary expenditures, create reports to program funders, and participate in other ongoing meetings to further the goals of the initiative.
- –Bachelors Degree or equivalent work in a social or human services related field.
- –Two years experience in health care environment or community-based setting preferred.
- –Community Health Worker (CHW) certification preferred or willing to obtain during employment.
- –Social Worker credentialed from the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners preferred. Any level accepted.
- –Understand the principles of public and population health and have knowledge about social determinants of health and related disparities in lower income communities.
- –Ability to use data and evidence-based practices in efforts to support individuals and communities in reaching their goals.
- –Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to make presentations to community members and groups. Bilingual (Spanish/English) verbal and written communication skills preferable.
- –Strong interpersonal skills are required. Ability to convene, communicate and meaningfully collaborate with community members, residents, cross-sector partner agencies, and program staff.
- –Must have ability to work both independently and as part of a team as needed and be an entrepreneurial thinker who can recognize and seize opportunities, solve problems, and approach challenges in a proactive way.
- –Must be highly organized, detail oriented, provide strategic thinking, and be able to handle various tasks efficiently.
- –Experience working and communicating with diverse populations including racial, ethnic, social/economic, gender, age, religion, disability.
- –Experience in program management including tracking budget expenditures, data tracking and funder reporting.
- –Have valid driver’s license, a car to get around, and be available for evening or weekend hours to effectively engage residents and other stakeholders.
- –Must be able to pass a criminal background check before beginning work.