Job: African American Health Conductor/ Health Navigator for the Formerly Incarcerated in West Contra Costa

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Job: African American Health Conductor/ Health Navigator for the Formerly Incarcerated in West Contra Costa

Center for Human Development -- In Partnership with Contra Costa Health Services
African American Health Conductor/
Health Navigator for the Formerly Incarcerated in West Contra Costa
Position is 40 hours a week (100% FTE)

The Center for Human Development is a community-based organization that offers a spectrum of services for at-risk youth, individuals, families, and communities in the Bay Area.  Since 1972 we have provided wellness programs and support aimed at empowering people and promoting positive growth.  Our dedicated staff and several hundred volunteers create and deliver programs and services addressing wellness and prevention, youth leadership, conflict resolution, parenting skills, and other challenges facing the community.  Our volunteers work side-by-side with our staff to deliver quality programs in schools and community sites throughout Contra Costa as well as nearby counties.  We are known for our innovative programs and are committed to improving the quality of life in our communities.

The African American Health Conductor Program is an innovative partnership between Contra Costa Health Services and the Center for Human Development.  The goal of the African American Health Conductor Program is to improve access to health care and reduce health disparities among African Americans living in low-income communities in Contra Costa County.

     Job Description
The African American Health Conductor will be an integral part of a medical home team and provide comprehensive health services, outreach, support, patient navigation, and patient follow-up and health coverage assistance to formerly incarcerated African American men. The Health Conductor in this posted position will create a bridge for the formerly incarcerated to community resources and public systems that have traditionally been difficult to access due to their complexity, cultural capacity, and trust level. This position will be based in West Contra Costa County at the Richmond Health Center.

Principal Duties
• Conduct community outreach to formerly incarcerated African American men;
• Conduct initial assessment and intake;
• Assist with training medical staff on the needs of the formerly incarcerated;
• Work closely with Health Clinic staff and medical doctors;
• Coordinate outreach and referrals efforts with the Office of Neighborhood Safety Change Agents and the San Quentin Medicine Project;
• Educate parolees about health care coverage options and provide enrollment assistance into health care coverage programs;
• Assist with developing and implementing tools to track community outreach and client progress;
• Maintain patient files, including case notes and confidential information;
• Co-develop and assist patients in accomplishing goals on their Health Action Plans;
• Make calls to patients to remind them of visits/appointments and to see how they are doing;
• Assist in developing, organizing, and producing all health education/promotional materials to promote healthy reintegration of the formerly incarcerated;
• Maintain sign-in sheets, pre and post tests, and health education records as required;
• Make referrals for the formerly incarcerated to both county and community resources;
• Attend meetings for the African American Health Conductors, Office of Neighborhood Safety, Medical Home Team, Parole and Community Team (PACT), as well as the Center for Human Development;
• Some mandatory meetings might require travel to other areas in Contra Costa such as Martinez and Pleasant Hill.
• Other duties as assigned.

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A qualified candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics for successful performance in this position:
• Two to three years of experience working with African American communities;
• Two to three years of experience working with and commitment to incarcerated individuals and other vulnerable populations and communities;
• Familiarity with West Contra Costa County, especially Richmond, North Richmond, and San Pablo;
• Ability to negotiate and navigate across community/geographical lines;
• Strong active listening, verbal, and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers, supervisors, and clinic staff;
• Ability to organize and set priorities and manage multiple tasks;
• Demonstrated maturity and reliability;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Ability to recruit and motivate program participants;
• Computer proficiency sufficient to schedule patient visits, input data, create reports and flyers, and receive and respond to emails;
• Ability to adjust time to allow for some evening or weekend events;
• High School graduate or GED;
• Clear TB test;
• Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and proof of insurance or have access to another form of reliable personal transportation;
• Ability to pass a Live Scan background check.

Reports directly to
Community Health Education Coordinator/Reducing Health Disparities, Contra Costa Health Services.

Salary range of $14.81 to $16.32 per hour.  Benefits include medical, dental, 19 days of vacation, 8 holidays, and a retirement plan, which are all pro-rated based on FTE.   This is a non-exempt position, 40 hours per week.

Application Process
Email or send resume and cover letter that state why you are both interested and qualified for the position to the address below by Monday, June 6, 2011. If submitting via email, please put Health Conductor – West County in subject line.  Submit all documents as attachments; do not embed resume or cover letter in the email.  Please do not fax.  Projected start date: July 1, 2011.

African American Health Conductor
Center for Human Development
391 Taylor Blvd, Suite 120
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

CHD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate as to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin including language limitations, ancestry, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, denial of pregnancy disability leave or reasonable accommodation, gender identification, or Vietnam Era or special disabled veteran status.  

Smoke-free environment. (Revised 5/11)    
Allyson West, Executive Director California Reentry Program P.O. Box 483 San Quentin, CA 94964 415-599-6586