Under immediate supervision, is trained in implementing community health programs, assists professional staff and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3, of the Civil Service Rules.
This class is the trainee level in the Community Health Outreach Worker series. An employee in this class is trained and performs assigned duties under close supervision. As work skills are demonstrated, duties are performed more independently.
Learns and assists various public health professionals and technical staff in providing a wide variety of services in the area of community public health.
Learns and assists in teaching basic health practices to clients and families, particularly in areas of communicable disease transmission, prevention and treatment; may assist in re-enforcing basic public health concepts of nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and related areas.
Learns and assists in conducting field investigations to locate persons possibly infected or who test positive for communicable diseases, including HIV infection, and those with whom they have had contact; may assist in providing follow-up counseling as to treatment options and resources available; learns to make referrals as appropriate.
Learns and assists in interviewing, gathering and assembling related information and preparing reports; learns to maintain appropriate records and files.
May translate various written material and instructions of other staff for non-English speaking clients and families; assists staff in working with clients of non-traditional cultural patterns and dealing with various cultural barriers.
Learns and assists in development of programs and delivery of services for high-risk groups; learns to provide information and counseling regarding HIV antibody and other communicable disease testing.
Learns and assists in providing basic community health and communicable disease education to clients, community group, inmates, and interested persons.
Special Requirements: If required by nature of the assignment:
1.Must obtain an HIV pre and post-counseling certificate issued by State of California within one year of assignment.
2. Ability to fluently speak, read and write Spanish, one of the Indo-Chinese languages or other languages spoken in San Joaquin County.
License:Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Basic individual and community public health needs and problems; public health organizations and resources; basic principles of human behavior; basic report writing, data gathering and record keeping practices; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations; basic interviewing principles and practices.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with staff, the general public, and with culturally diverse or economically disadvantaged clients; learn a wide variety of public health programs and procedures; understand and follow technical written and oral directions; understand and work effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic groups; work with high risk groups and infected individuals; learn to make verbal presentations to highly diverse community groups; operate computers, office equipment and related software; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients and the general public; learn basic principles of teaching or counseling.
Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device, repetitive motion, sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Constant public contact; speaking in public; Special Requirements-May require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.