Housing First Community Health Worker for our Providence Office
Company: Thrive Behavioral Health
Posted on: November 15, 2023
GENERAL SUMMARY: The WWHEZ Community Health Worker (CHW) is a
peer who has experience in navigating Rhode Island's health system
for themselves, a family member or through previous employment.
This CHW will work with the Housing First Program, addressing the
Social Determinants of Health for individuals who are currently
experiencing housing instability. The CHW will be a critical part
of a community outreach team providing support, resources,
education and referrals. CHWs will engage with consumers in
community settings providing person centered, culturally sensitive
support, and building on the values, strengths and preferences of
the patient. The CHW will also serve as an effective role model and
mentor. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES/TASKS
- Become knowledgeable of the Principles of Housing First
evidenced based practice (training provided) and the practices of
the housing First RI Program, as well as harm reduction and
- Assist residents of West Warwick who are high risk and
underserved by addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) as
they related to Housing and COVID-19 health disparities
- Review and educate self and consumers on various benefits and
resources that will work to assist the individual in gaining a
greater quality of life.
- Assist the consumer in completion and submission of enrollment
or benefit applications. Refer consumers to other services and
public or private agencies for additional supports as needed.
- Utilizing motivational interviewing skills and culturally
sensitive methods to collaborate with patients to explore preferred
post-discharge supports and identify social determinants of health
and/or areas of need within their community environment. Review
care options including natural supports, home care services,
medical equipment, adult day health programs, senior centers and
assisted living communities.
- Maintain current on information about statewide housing
services ranging from shelters, subsidized apartments and housing
- Be familiar with Homeless service providers, resources for
individuals who are homeless and be familiar with common places
clients, who are homeless, are regularly found.
- Attend and complete Community Health Worker trainings as
required by the grant.
- Maintain timely, accurate records, documentation, and reports
- Actively participate and complete training and professional
- Assist in statewide system analysis, planning and coordination
with state agencies, state and local boards, community-based
organizations, and community rehabilitation programs.
- Schedule and maintain client hours sufficient to achieve
individual / program billing targets.
- Participate in team meetings to ensure smooth coordination of
client services and treatment. Participate in regular supervision
- Provide crisis intervention and transport to BHLink and
Hospitals as needed.
- Be willing to actively outreach engagement-challenged
individuals out in the community.
- Accompany client to community appointments to assist them in
successful completion of appointments and provide advocacy as
- Assist in coordination and oversight of client's physical
healthcare and needs.
- Review e-mail account daily for new messages, remain in contact
with the team throughout the work day.
- Accept other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Ability to demonstrate sensitivity towards, relate to, form
trusting connections with, and motivate consumers as a peer mentor
and to address barriers to care, health and wellness
- Knowledge of Rhode Island health systems, terminology,
supports, and services
- Demonstrated ability and skill to work collaboratively with
co-workers, consumers, families, service providers, and health
- Skilled and/or willingness to learn and initiate motivational
interviewing techniques with consumers
- Demonstrated prior success in accessing community-based
resources in Rhode Island
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple priorities
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office/computer skills
to enter data, prepare reports and correspondence EDUCATION AND/OR
- High School diploma or GED
- Attained or working towards a bachelor's degree, or a
combination of education, experience, and skills to effectively
carry out responsibilities and assignments
- Personal experience navigating state and community services and
programs on behalf of self or a family member
- Previous experience supporting families or individuals with
special care needs or disabilities or families or individuals
accessing health programs and services
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as an
effective team member
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations
- A combination of education and experience demonstrating
acquisition of the skills and abilities required CERTIFICATIONS,
- Valid driver's license and automobile insurance which meets
Rhode Island minimum standards required, or the ability to obtain
necessary transportation in order to perform the
responsibilities/tasks of the job.
- Case Management /Community Support Professional Certification
or working toward required.
- Community Health Workers certification preferred; non-certified
incumbents are expected to earn certification within 18 months of
Keywords: Thrive Behavioral Health, Providence , Housing First Community Health Worker for our Providence Office, Administration, Clerical , Providence, Rhode Island
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