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Community Health Workers

Also called: Community Health Outreach Worker, Community Health Program Coordinator, Community Health Promoter, Community Nutrition Educator

What they do:
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
  • Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Client databases
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Desktop publishing software
  • Microsoft Publisher

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$34,620
per year, on average
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