BACKGROUND: The Community Health Promotion program is an education, referral and advocacy program. Following the principles of the community health worker model, the Community Health Promoters will use their experience as successfully resettled refugees and an extensive training in health promotion topics to work with newly arrived women from their own culture to provide education during the initial resettlement process. The Promoters foster leadership skills and empower women to become their own advocates through educational in-home visits on a variety of topics, including health and wellness, financial literacy, and community services.
SCOPE OF WORK: The Community Health Promoter reports directly to the Community Health Promoter Coordinator and provides educational home visits to newly-arrived families in Riverdale, Hyattsville, Silver Spring and other areas where there are high population of resettled refugee communities. Additionally, Promoters participate in evaluation activities, and attend monthly service review meetings and continuing orientations.
• Complete and graduate from Community Health Promoter training
• Provide educational home visits to each assigned refugee family
• Complete service case notes for each home visit in a timely manner
• Report clients’ needs for referrals to community health/social services to Community Health Promoter Coordinator
• Administer tools used in program monitoring and evaluation
• Provide consultation on the development of home visit curriculum
• Assure all required paper work and reports are completed accurately and in a timely manner
• Attend monthly service review meetings and monthly trainings
• Communicate and coordinate regularly with the Community Health Promoter Coordinator to ensure that services are being delivered effectively and in a timely manner.
• Bilingual and bi-literate in English and one of the following native languages is required: Arabic, Amharic, Dari/Pashto, Tigrinya, French, Kiswahili and Kinrarwanda
• Experience in community organizing, social work, and/or public health is a plus
• Interest in women’s and children’s issues
• Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
• Knowledge of and/or personal experience with the refugee resettlement process
All applications should be submitted online. Please include your resume and cover letter with your application.
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