Community Health Worker

Ventura County
Contractual 3.08 per week $43,785 - $61,492 Per year CA Ventura County Health Care, 125 W Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, United States
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Overview


WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate's degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate's degree.
  • Bilingual Incentive - Proficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level II), or $1.10 per hour (Level III). 
  • Vacation Accrual – New regular, full-time employees shall accrue approximately 14 days of vacation a year for the first 10,400 hours or 5 years of service; vacation accruals increase at 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 20 years of service topping out at 26 days a year and 400 hours of vacation hours banked. 
  • Annual Leave Redemption – An employee may elected to "cash in" or redeem up to 80 hours of vacation accrued in the same year after using 80 hours of vacation in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Sick Leave - Full time regular employees accrue 3.08 hours of sick leave per pay period with an advance at hire of 40.04 hours which will be balanced at the completion of 13 bi-weekly pay periods. 
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 2.5% match on your 401(k) contributions. 
  • Health Plans – Full time employees are afforded a flexible credit allowance for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans: Tier one for employee only is $497 per biweekly pay period, tier two for employee plus one is $678 per biweekly pay period and tier three for employee plus family is $825 per biweekly pay period.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Choice of participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase spending power through reimbursement of pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses. 
  • Pension Plan - Both the County and employees contribute to the County's Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If eligible, reciprocity may be established with other public retirement systems, such as PERS. 
  • Holidays - 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday. 
THE DEPARTMENT: 

Public Health's dedicated and diverse team of over 400 staff works to prevent epidemics, spread of disease, and injuries; promote and encourage healthy living opportunities; respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery; and assure the quality and accessibility of preventive and health care services throughout the County. 

It is Public Health's mission to support environments that protect and promote the health and well-being of everyone in Ventura County by promoting safe and healthy communities for all to live, work, learn and play.

Achieving is a top priority. Working collaboratively to find solutions to support everyone to live a long and healthy life no matter our age, gender, culture, language or sexual orientation is important. Because socio-economic factors and the built or physical environment are estimated to contribute about 50% to how well and how long we live, we are committed to addressing the in partnership with our community partners and residents.

It is our collective VISION to become the healthiest county in the nation.

THE POSITION:
Under the general supervision of a Program Administrator, the Community Health Worker will support Public Health licensed and registered professional staff in immunization activities and clinics at schools, including assisting at events and in clinic promotions, reviewing student immunization records, and assisting school staff in the use of the California Immunization Registry Schools module, MyTurn, and Cerner registration system.

The Community Health Worker is involved with the distribution of immunizations for COVID-19, influenza and other infectious diseases. This person will travel to schools throughout Ventura County to show school nurses and health technicians how to interrupt and maintain students' health records.

AGENCY / DEPARTMENT:  Health Care Agency - Public Health

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies for this position only.  There is currently one (1) Fixed Term vacancy in Public Health.


NOTE:  Fixed Term positions are Regular positions for a specific duration of time.  This Fixed Term position is anticipated to expire on June 30, 2025. . 

Community Health Worker is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
OPENING DATE:  May 02, 2024 
CLOSING DATE:  Continuous until business needs have been met.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Participates in specific public health immunization activities and special immunization clinics for schools; conducts back-to-school immunization events; coordinates school-located immunization events for COVID-19 vaccines (and seasonal influenza or other infectious disease threats); supports school with all immunization-related activities;
  • Assists in community information efforts for promotion of immunization clinics and programs; supports school staff in connecting families with resources to ensure children are up to date on vaccines; advises/trains school staff in follow-up with families whose students are behind on immunizations;
  • Develops printed materials; provides basic information verbally, written and with visual aids using standardized or approved curricula;
  • Follows program guidelines and regulations, including eligibility and billing;
  • Participates in a variety of activities designed to inform the general public of public health services related to immunization; informs community groups and clients about community services and immunizations;
  • Reviews student immunization (IZ) records; ensures enrolled students are up-to-date; catches children up on missing vaccines;
  • Supports schools to comply with any future or local COVID-19 vaccine mandates; coordinates immunization records needed during school outbreaks of COVID-19 and/or for additional state policies and requirements;
  • Collaborates with school staff to complete California Department of Public Health immunization trainings on school law; provides technical assistance to school to report immunization coverage levels for students as required by California Law; trains and supports school staff on current and future immunization reporting and support activities;
  • Guides school through enrollment in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) Schools Module; 
  • Meets productivity and quality goals set by agency;
  • Participates in team huddles, meetings, and required training; assists in training staff on MyTurn and Cerner registration system and the California Immunization Registry (CAIR);
  • Addresses barriers to care by linking patients/clients to community resources; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma, GED or equivalent, plus any combination of education and experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Some experience and/or training related to school immunization requirements,  recommended vaccines for students, and immunization clinic outreach operations
  • Experience working effectively in a team environment
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • Some experience and/or training with California Immunization Registry (CAIR), MyTurn and/or Cerner registration system
  • The ability to communicate effectively in writing, including organizing information logically, must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
  DESIRED:
  • Experience communicating with individuals and groups from diverse cultural and social economic backgrounds
  • Experience developing trust and effective working relationship with a diverse client population.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some to thorough knowledge of: school immunization clinics and programs related to COVID-19, influenza, and other infectious diseases; general medical terminology and that related to immunizations required by the State of California Public Health Department for students; specialized health related topics such as communicable diseases immunizations; general knowledge of school immunization requirements and recommended vaccines; school immunization clinic outreach operations.

Skilled in: use of computers within Windows environment; Microsoft Word; MyTurn and Cerner registration system and the California Immunization Registry (CAIR); developing trust and effective working relationships with a diverse client population; and, leading and/or working effectively in a team environment.

Ability to: effectively communicate with individuals and groups from diverse cultural, socio-economic backgrounds; coordinate immunization program activities; communicate effectively in writing and verbally; meet productivity and quality goals set by Public Health; transfer knowledge to non-medical stakeholders, such as school staff, teachers, and parents; organize information logically.


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