Overview

Company Overview:

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support New Yorkers and their families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about our work at healthsolutions.org.

Position Overview:

Queens Global Families, the Corona Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC), is an initiative designed to improve maternal and infant health in the communities of Queens borough and to strengthen the network of health and social service providers in the area.  The Community Health Worker (CHW) will work with low-income, high-need women of reproductive age to provide support and education with the purpose of informing their health decisions and behaviors and connecting them to resources through one-on-one interactions, home visits, and groups within the community. CHWs work with families to identify needs and goals, provide health education and support, and refer them to additional community resources.

Specifically, the Community Health Worker will:

Identify and assist individuals and families to access needed preventive and primary health care services (e.g., preconception care, family planning, prenatal care, immunizations, pediatric care, WIC and other nutrition services, inter-conception care, etc.), with an emphasis on identifying and supporting pregnant women not enrolled in health care or supportive services
Provide assistance and/or referrals to obtain other essential support services such as housing, financial aid, food stamps, emergency food, clothing, transportation, immigration support, translation, and childcare
Support participants to develop birth plans and educate them on their reproductive rights and reproductive justice
Conduct basic health assessments, assist families to identify needs, provide basic health information, and make appropriate referrals through home visits
Provide advocacy, support and follow-up to determine if services are received and assist families with health behavior changes
Provide home visiting services for up to 25 clients at any given time and help conduct educational support groups.
Conduct community outreach to screen and connect community members to needed services.
Currently working remotely from home due to COVID-19, with periodic (1-2 per month) distributions of supplies and items to families that will require going to the office. PHS follows full COVID-19 safety protocols for staff and participant safety.
Qualifications/Requirement:

Associate degree or equivalent
1-2 years of experience
Strong interpersonal and listening skills and outgoing personality.
Non-judgmental attitude and ability to show empathy.
High degree of self-organization and ability to work independently.
Writing ability sufficient to provide adequate case note documentation, referral forms and other service coordination forms.
Reading ability to the level necessary to comprehend training materials and assist others to fill out forms.
Must be fluent in Spanish; or have another language that would support the families of Queens. Also specifically looking for Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.
Knowledge of Queens’s community; Interest in, and commitment to, serving and advocating for people of diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work flexible hours, including evening and weekend hours as needed.
Knowledge and experience with maternal child health and/or home visiting strongly preferred.
Salary: $44,000.00.
NOTE:  All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy.  Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

About Public Health Solutions

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support New Yorkers and their families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about our work at healthsolutions.org.