The ACT Study Community Health Worker is a committed individual from the East Baltimore community and/or who has a relationship with the East Baltimore and who is empathic, respectful, open-minded, flexible and compassionate. The Community Health Worker (CHW) is responsible for delivering blood pressure training intervention to consented patients of the East Baltimore Medical Center (EBMC) and their companions in a home visit-based setting. The CHW will train patients to measure blood pressure and help to address barriers to hypertension self-care and improve behaviors related to diet/nutrition, physical activity, medication taking, and self-monitoring of blood pressure.
In addition, the CHW will be an advocate and supporter for patients and companions in reaching hypertension control by reinforcing goals of hypertension management skills including blood pressure monitoring, medication adherence, and lifestyle behaviors. The CHW will provide this support through phone calls, home visits, and meeting with the patients and their companions at the clinic. The CHW will also function as a member of the EBMC team and liaise with clinicians, social workers, and administrative staff who provide services to study participants. This position reports directly to the Project Manager of the study. This position reports indirectly to the study Principal Investigator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate in study training and complete certification for blood pressure measurement and delivery of intervention components. Deliver blood pressure training at home visits to EBMC patients who consent for the study.
Advocate and support individual patients throughout the study through: Home visits with patients on an as-needed basis for patients who need extra support meeting their hypertension self-management goals. Phone calls to remind patients of their blood pressure goals, monthly calls to encourage bp monitoring and to prepare patients for their physician visits.
Meeting with the patients at the clinic to reinforce hypertension self-management behaviors. Identify patients’ health and health-related barriers to blood pressure control. Maintain database of community resources for participants and provide patients with information on community resources.
Monitor patients’ general health status and convey essential information, such as printed blood pressure reports to clinical care team at EBMC. Navigate patient at clinic to referral sites and guide patient to receipt of services. Document home visit, phone follow up and clinic visit encounters.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent required. Must have basic computer skills in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access and using the internet. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required.
Must have a valid driver’s license and willing and able to work some evenings and weekend hours.
1-2 years previous experience as a lay health advisor or community health worker is preferred.
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