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Position Description Bilingual English/Spanish required Under the supervision of a Health Officer or other designated supervisor, disseminates information on available public health services primarily to residents of economically depressed neighborhoods; provides instruction in basic preventative health measures; aids in the communication process between professional health personnel and the indigenous population; provides the above services to the general population as well as that portion of the population whose basic language is Spanish; does related work as required. Duties include: Disseminates information on available public health services primarily to residents of economically depressed neighborhoods, either individually or as a member of a team. Conducts home visits to explain and encourage utilization of available public health services by the indigenous population, issues pertinent literature; provides instruction in basic preventative health practices such as recommended immunizations, personal hygiene, good housekeeping methods, safe garbage disposal methods, and other recommended health practices related to state and local public health programs. Informs residents of transportation available to various community facilities; accompanies members of the community as directed to various agencies; assists with the supervision of children at child health conferences; promotes interest in family care and self reliance in handling family needs. Refers individuals to appropriate community facilities; distributes environmental, personal and public health information to Civic organizations and community groups; organizes community groups to promote good health and sanitary practices in the community. Assists in the process of communication between those who are not knowledgeable of both English and Spanish. Aids in the development of effective communication between members of the professional health staff and the indigenous population, and promotes compliance with health rules, laws and community standards. Conducts routine surveys of a non-complex nature to obtain and record prescribed data used in determining the specific health needs of a neighborhood, including personal health, family health, and sanitary conditions. Prepares reports as required in the performance of assigned duties. May be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Skills Required Knowledge of the problems of those living in economically depressed areas. Knowledge of basic personal health care. Knowledge of the techniques used to disseminate information to promote personal and family health. Ability to disseminate and explain information on public health services, and to provide referrals to appropriate facilities. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and clients. Ability to provide guidance and instruction in basic preventative health practices. Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written instructions and directions. Ability to apply learned techniques in promoting good health practice and health programs. Ability to conduct routine surveys to obtain and record data. Ability to prepare reports relative to field activities. Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units. Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English and Spanish sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Experience Required At least six (6) months of experience in distributing public health information and participating in routine health surveys, including those relating to personal and family health needs, and in maintaining established sanitary conditions.
Education Required H.S. minimum
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