Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Position hours are generally from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Lipid Research.
Work location will be determined in conjunction with Affinia Healthcare. The CHW will be embedded with the Affinia Healthcare maternal child health team. In the context of the COVID19 pandemic, efforts will be made to support virtual education and study visits where appropriate, and decisions about in person work with the maternal child health team and at a patient’s home will be made in conjunction with Affinia Healthcare. Their on-premises work will occur at Affinia Healthcare and they will follow the precautions set forth by Affinia.
The position of Community Health Worker (CHW) will be a member of the Washington University gestational diabetes research study team and work closely with maternal healthcare team at Affinia Healthcare. The primary CHW role will be to provide resources and patient centered education to women with gestational diabetes (GDM) who are patients of Affinia Healthcare. The position will coordinate closely with the patients’ care team at Affinia Healthcare while also collecting data for the gestational diabetes research study. Data collection responsibilities may include survey administration and extraction of data from the medical record.� This position will be dedicated to and experienced in working with diverse families of all races and sexual orientations and identities. An individual accepting the position will complete gestational diabetes specific training with the study team upon hire. The position will work with the study coordinator to recruit patients to participate in the GDM research study; utilize assessments and tools created by the principal investigator to identify areas of concern for women with GDM; provide resource referral and coordination; transition of care support after delivery; and education on GDM and diabetes prevention. The CHW will abide by the same strict standard of patient confidentiality that applies to all Washington University staff.�
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Complete GDM-specific educational training provided by the study team.
Complete additional training required by Affinia Health Care for community health workers.
Enroll interested people into study and performs study-related assessments.
Act as a liaison between the patients and healthcare center.
Refer community members to available medical and social services resources where needed.
Provide follow-up with participants by phone regarding study enrollment and satisfaction.
Maintain close contact with study coordinator to provide patient details and track participant enrollment.
Assist in building partnerships with community agencies.
Maintain proper documentation and record keeping: document education and follow up in NextGen and complete study related documentation.
Assist with preparation of study-specific educational materials.
Accept responsibilities assigned by the maternal child health team at Affinia healthcare to support the care of pregnant women with diabetes.
Participate in Affinia Healthcare’s Quality Council to provide information on the study and follow up.
Provide Affinia Healthcare staff with education regarding study and referral process.
Continuous communication with Affinia Healthcare OB/Maternal Child teams, to foster referrals for the study and provide updates on patients.
High school diploma or equivalent high school certification and five years’ relevant experience in community health, human services, outreach or within a health care setting is required or bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field.
REQUIRED LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Basic Life Support certification (Online BLS certifications, those without a skills assessment component, are not sufficient to meet the BLS requirements). Attainment of the Community Health Worker Certificate is required within 6 months of hire.
Two years of relevant experience in community health, human services, outreach or within a health care setting is preferred.
Certification from a DHSS approved CHW standard training program.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Community Health Workers will be expected to travel between Affinia Health Centers and to patient homes. At least 25% travel within the metropolitan area.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.