Community Health Worker - Part-time, approximately 12 hours/week

Position Summary 

CHEER is seeking a Community Health Worker (CHW) who lives in or has strong connections to the community in the 20904 zip code to join our team. For those with diabetes, making healthy food choices (e.g. eating more whole foods and fruits and vegetables) and being physically active are important components of learning how to manage the disease. Yet many Montgomery County residents struggle financially which limits their ability to purchase regular, healthy meals for their families.  For these individuals, the cost of fresh, perishable items compared to that of processed foods is a barrier. The Long Branch Healthy Food Access Program (LBHFAP) provides access to healthy food, education and support so that individuals with diabetes can improve their health. In its first nine months this program has proven to be very effective and is expanding.  

This position requires approximately 12 hours per week. The CHW will report to the Director of Community Health Programs.

 

Duties and responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

  • Identify individuals in need of assistance and eligible for the LBHFAP and establish trusting relationships with them.

  • Consult with the client, determine the severity of the situation, and connect them with resources to meet their needs. Assist clients with completing applications and/or registration forms.

  • Follow up with client to monitor their progress via phone calls and home visits if necessary. Encourage participation in relevant health and nutritional education activities.  

  • Track and record contact and follow-up activity in the case management tool (training provided) no later than 24 hours after contact with client.  

  • Participate in planning events and outreach activities.

  • Attend specified orientation and public health education training events.

  • Provide excellent customer service to LBHFAP clients, representatives from partner agencies, and members of the public.  

  • Conduct other assigned tasks as needed.

 

Qualification

  • High school diploma or its equivalent.   

  • Live in or have close ties to the community in the 20904 zip code preferred.

  • Good oral and written communication skills such as listening well and using language appropriately.

  • Ability to engage and interact in English and at least one language commonly spoken by potential program participants, such as Spanish, Amharic, or French is preferred

  • Working experience in a multi-cultural and/or community-based setting for at least 1-2 years preferred.

  • Familiarity with client confidentiality procedures preferred.

  • Moderate level of comfort with technology since a data management tool will be used by the CHW to record data.

 

Compensation

Salary begins at $17 per hour

 

Application Process

To apply please upload your resume with the application below. 

 

If you need additional information, please contact us at info@communitycheer.org or (301) 589-3633.

 

To ensure your consideration please apply by January 8. This position will remain open until filled. Start date is expected in February.

 

Organization Summary

CHEER is a community based nonprofit serving the Long Branch/ Takoma Park community. Its mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy, thriving communities, especially in the neighborhoods that bear the greatest burden of socio-economic inequity. We act as a facilitator and a catalyst in generating community driven activities to fulfill community defined goals for health, housing, community development, and youth development. More information can be obtained on our website, www.communitycheer.org.​

8545 Piney Branch Road, Suite H
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Phone: 301.589.3633

Fax: 240.670.7417

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