Vallejo First 5 Center, Health Assistant
Job Details
First 5 Vallejo Center - Vallejo, CA
$22.00 - $25.00 Hourly
Description

JOB TITLE: Vallejo First 5 Center, Health Assistant

Home Visitor with a focus on the African American/Black Community

 

Job Classification: Non-Exempt

Part-time 20 hours weekly 

(occasional evenings and weekends)


 

Program Description

The Vallejo First 5 Center offers free programs that help parents nurture and support their young children so they grow up healthy, happy, and positioned for success. Our programs focus on parent education, early learning opportunities, school readiness and community resources. Classes are for children ages 0-5 and their parents to participate in together in a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. 

 

Our participants are dedicated to their children’s potential to thrive, and our team is dedicated to partnering with parents on this journey.  The Center values growing and learning together, cultivating empathy, and authentically serving the diverse community that we are a part of.  

 

As an employee of Bay Area Community Resources, this position will work directly in partnership with Solano County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) home visiting program to provide home visiting services and activities at the Vallejo First 5 Center to Center families, with a focus on the African American/Black Community. Primary work station is at the Vallejo First 5 Center. 

 

The Vallejo First 5 Center mission focuses on the following:

  • Increase parents’ knowledge, skills and opportunities to meet the needs of their young children as they grow and develop

  • Support and promote positive parenting practices that strengthen parent-child relationships

  • Help parents facilitate their child’s learning and readiness for school

  • Connect parents to needed community resources

  • Build community and expand families’ social networks of support

  • Home visiting services to help reduce health disparities

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducts screening of clients by telephone, in-person, refers to the appropriate health program; assists with completing forms and determines client eligibility. 

 

  1. Explains services and provides information about program participation criteria, and program operations; ensures awareness of immunization requirements and the importance of obtaining medical care, proper nutrition, prenatal care, maternal care, necessity of medication compliance or other health issues relevant to specific client’s situation and program.

 

  1. Screens for health history, demographics, and assists with scheduling of appointments for medical, dental, mental and/or social or public assistance services; makes referral to other programs and providers of medical and social services.

 

  1. Provides informational literature to clients on various topics specific to their health, nutrition status and life cycle stage; discusses ways to improve health and nutrition and decrease health and nutrition risks; teaches health and nutrition education classes to educate clients on topics relevant to their stage in the life cycle.

 

  1. Documents information in client file and/or on the computer; follows up with professional staff on client needs and additional assessments needed, assists and/or collaborates with professional staff in preparing plans for counseling toward improvement pf health condition; works with clients directly in establishing health and nutrition goals.

 

  1. Maintains active and inactive program and client records according to protocol; assembles clients records and ensures that necessary documentation is complete.

 

  1. Prepares various reports including client’s information forms, activity and progress reports. Assists in conducting surveys and compiling statistical data on program areas; and organized calculates, and prepares information in requested format.

 

  1. Distributes and explains educational/program specific information and materials; may make presentations to individuals, or community groups on specific health topics. 

 

  1. May perform duties as part of an interdisciplinary team providing integrated services to clients, and or the community. 

 

  1. Provide home visits according to Healthy Families America model to enhance healthy childhood growth and development and strengthen the parent-child interactions.

Qualifications

Personal Qualities

A commitment to children ages 0-5 and the mission of the Center is critical along with an ability to be flexible in working with people with different perspectives and backgrounds. A friendly, warm approach is essential in creating a welcoming environment. This position requires excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently and function effectively as part of a team.

 

Skills and Experience

Knowledge of: 

  • Basic individual and community public health needs and problems

  • Basic principles of human behavior, report writing, data gathering and record keeping practices

  • Interviewing principles and practices.

  • Basic mathematics; basic symptoms, detection, and disease specific treatment methods, and health needs of targets populations

  • Computers/automated systems for data entry

Ability to:

  • Utilize basic office equipment and various types of office supplies, materials, equipment and machinery.

  • Interview clients and obtain information regarding their needs for health and nutrition services

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with clients, co-workers and the community. Recognize specific indicators of need for service and develop service delivery plans

  • Review and maintain case records

  • Assess need to make appropriate referrals

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures

Experience:

  • Two years of experience performing client intake and screening, obtaining personal history data, assessment, peer counseling, and nutrition counseling in health or related area.

Education/Training:

  • A High School diploma or equivalent is required. An Associates’ degree or equivalent from an accredited college in health services, nutrition, social science, psychology or related field may be substituted for the above experience.

 

Special Requirements

Ability to pass a background check

Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver’s is required.

Independent travel (with reimbursement) is required.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jiana Giuliano at jgiuliano@bacr.org.   See something we’re missing that you could bring to the table?  Please apply and tell us in the cover letter. Not sure if you're the right fit?  Please reach out, we're happy to answer any questions about the position.

 

Job type: Part-time (20 hours a week)

Salary: $22-$25/hourly

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