Under the general direction of the Director and Site Supervisor/Manager the Health Educator will provide services to the designated high school students and their families. Responsibilities include program planning and implementation, curriculum development, and evaluation of curriculum and programs. Responsible for coordinating health education outreach to the student body, providing health education counseling on various health topics, as well as co-facilitation of youth group(s). Has primary responsibility for youth groups and implementation of youth survey activities. Works within grant guidelines to ensure grant objectives are met.
This is a full-time benefited position working 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Friday with periodic Saturday hours. We offer excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision (including dependent and domestic partner coverage), generous paid leave benefits including holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement plan with an Employer match, tuition reimbursement, monthly treats, pet insurance and more.
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center is a non-profit community health center that is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of our community by providing accessible, high quality care by integrating primary care, dental care, WIC support, mental health counseling, community health education and more.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assists with implementation of a Youth Group with support from school staff. Recruits, trains, and supervises youth leaders and youth participants. Organizes presentations by these youth at the designated high school and feeder elementary and middle schools. Assist in facilitating and training of Youth Leaders group meetings and creative group activities and projects.
Develops, coordinates and implements the health education outreach for the school, including collaboration with outside organizations, promotion of the health services available to students and faculty, and identifying youth outreach leaders. Develops and implements outreach strategies and public relations for programs.
Provides outreach and health education in family planning, birth control methods, STD prevention, substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS education, tobacco cessation, body image, nutrition, sexual orientation, and other areas as indicated.
In collaboration with the Health center staff and team, develops, coordinates and implements youth focus groups and youth input survey, including the outreach, recruitment and marketing and organizing regular meetings.
Maintains accurate statistical data regarding program implementation and documentation of daily activities and completion of program objectives. Regularly evaluates programs and produces monthly reports on the accomplishments of the program, and presents grant data to the Director and Site Manager/Supervisor on a regular basis for report writing.
Maintains library of current and relevant health education materials such as pamphlets, audiovisual tools, bulletins and referral to other sources. Responds promptly to requests from providers and staff for additional resources.
Stays abreast of research and development regarding health education and mental health for youth and adolescents. Produces and/or updates health education materials as needed to ensure current information and cultural/age appropriateness. Attends trainings on appropriate topics regarding adolescent health and well being.
Works as a member of the Youth Health Services Team taking on responsibilities as needed to ensure an overall successful program.
Assists with patient registration and eligibility services as needed by the clinic.
Collaborate with the school’s COST team and other health services providers on campus for referrals and related services.
Maintain HIPAA and strict confidentiality regarding students, parents, and other pertinent school information.
Performs all duties and services in full compliance with TVHC’s Service Excellence Standards.
Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Site Supervisor/Site Manager and/or the Director of the Youth Health Services.
Bilingual in English/Spanish required.
Computer literate, prefer experience with Windows 95 or higher, MS-Office Applications, Graphic applications (Illustrator/Photoshop etc.).
Understands principles of, and can implement, the peer leadership and youth empowerment model.
Understands principles of, and can implement violence prevention and conflict resolution strategies, pertaining to reducing racial bias, school based violence, interpersonal student conflicts.
Culturally sensitive and demonstrated ability and enjoyment in working with ethnically diverse adolescent populations in a progressive, environment committed to social justice issues.
Non-judgmental, highly ethical and able to maintain strict confidentiality.
Understands issues particular to adolescent populations, including adolescent development and health issues.
Understands principles of community health outreach and health promotion.
Knowledge of relevant resources, such as city, county and state welfare and social services programs and agencies
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Able and willing to work on an as-needed basis in order to meet operational needs of the clinic.
Able to meet or exceed the Service Excellence Standards of TVHC, Inc.
Ability to not schedule personal leave or vacation when school is in session.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree, (Masters preferred or equivalent experience) in public health, counseling, psychology, social work, or related field.
Two or more years experience working with adolescent population adequate to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of special needs of population.
Two or more years of experience working with ethnically diverse populations adequate to demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity to issues of cultural differences
Two or more years implementing peer leader programs strongly preferred
One or more years experience working in a school based setting or teen center setting preferred
One or more years case management and counseling experience strongly preferred
One or more years experience working with parents of adolescents strongly preferred.
About Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. (TVHC) is a leading provider of multicultural and linguistically appropriate health care and related services in Central and Southern Alameda County.
Since 1971, TVHC provides comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health care, youth health services, community health education, family support services, and Women Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition services to low-income, limited English proficient, uninsured, and publicly insured patients.
As a federally qualified health center with over 300 health professional and support staff, TVHC operates eight primary care clinics: Hayward Clinic; Union City Clinic; San Leandro Clinic; Silva Pediatric Clinic (Hayward); the Firehouse Clinic (Hayward); the Mobile Medical Services Van at Hayward High School; the Tennyson Health Center at Tennyson High School (Hayward) and the Logan Health Center at the James Logan High School (Union City). TVHC also has four WIC nutrition services locations; eight school-based mental health service sites and one combined behavioral health-family support services site.
TVHC provides services to many of the region’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations, building community trust by providing high-quality services in a multi-lingual, culturally welcoming environment. With respect to cultural and linguistic diversity, TVHC provides services to more than 28,000 community members each year, of which a large majority (74%) are Latino. TVHC’s multi-multicultural and multilingual staff possesses extensive language capacity. With a four-decade presence in the community, TVHC has built tremendous trust and credibility to prevent health disparities in a multicultural community. In particular, immigrants in the area know they can turn to TVHC for high-quality services, delivered in their preferred language and in a culturally welcoming setting.