Community Health Worker Initiative of Sonoma County


Bilingual Health Education Specialist 
Tulare County; California 

The position is for a Health Education Specialist within the Tulare County Public Health Department, and would work on the Community Transformation Grant (CTG), primarily on developing community health workers (promotoras) and establishing them as links between primary care providers and community resources. The strategy is new to Tulare County, and I think it offers the right person the opportunity to take a leadership role in this sector.
The other CTG 'strategic directions' include implementing tobacco-free policies in multi-unit housing, reducing access to sugar-sweetened beverages, and creating and promoting safe routes to school.
Information on the job can be found on the Tulare County website, as well as the online application:
I've attached the job description and supplemental questions for easy of reference.

Please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer.
José Ruiz-Salas
Administrative Specialist I
Tulare County HHSA Administration
Government Plaza
5957 South Mooney Boulevard
VisaliaCA 93277-9394
Office: (559) 624-8004
Fax: (559) 733-6978 

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Community Health Worker (Bilingual)

Deadline: 8/31/12
Department: Healthy Communities
Time Factors: Part-Time, 12 to 30 hours per week
Salary: $14.25 to $18.75 per hour

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:  Community health workers provide outreach, education, referral and follow up, case management, advocacy and home visiting services to families who are at highest risk for poor health outcomes, particularly obesity, asthma, anemia and dental disease. The purpose of this position is to assist families in taking control of their own health determinants by engaging them in preventive health care practices and provide them with the tools necessary to reduce common chronic diseases.  The CHW position creates a bridge between providers of health, social and community services and the underserved and hard-to-reach populations within the community. The position will be based primarily at the 1300 office with frequent field work at one or more sites with moderate to heavy travel required.   


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Works closely with Physicians, Dentists, Public Health Nurses, School Nurses and other healthcare providers to support community health and school based health service programs for low income families.  
  2. Under supervision, assists in providing state mandated health screenings in the schools as well as public health screenings at community events, health fairs and other community based events.
  3. Maintains accurate documentation, case notes and recording of information on relevant forms. Works to ensure the proper maintenance of student health records, client progress notes, screenings and services logs, immunization records and medical authorizations forms as required.
  4. Conducts targeted outreach efforts in the schools and community to families at risk, including those who are uninsured, underinsured and/or not connected to a medical or dental home or other community resources.
  5. Provides basic health education to families on a range of topics including, oral health risk, obesity prevention, dental disease, anemia prevention, and other important health topics.
  6. Provides education and referral assistance in obtaining affordable health insurance coverage for children, connecting to a primary care provider and obtaining urgent care and follow up services as needed. 
  7. Helps families address and overcome access and cultural barriers to health care such as language, coping mechanisms, transportation, scheduling, child care resources. etc.  This would include assisting families with coordinating healthcare visits for their children and handling the multiple demands of work/school and childcare.
  8. Assists families to develop the necessary skills and resources to improve their health status, family functioning and self-sufficiency.
  9. Collects and accurately enter data and statistics into a computer program to document client interactions, case management notes and other required documentation.
  10. Utilizes basic computer applications to schedule, communicate with the health division team and track community health outreach and promotion activities.
  11. Participate in special projects including community education, panels and presentations, health fairs and special events. 
  12. Performs other duties as assigned. 



  • CHW I, CHW II, CHW III classification/salary based on experience.
  • Bilingual language skills required with demonstrated written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish. 
  • CPR and First Aid training/certificate.
  •    Pre-employment physical examination, including a TB clearance.
  •    Must pass a criminal record clearance that includes fingerprinting through the Department of Justice.
  • Live in or familiarity with the target community and share an awareness and understanding of low-income and diversity issues.
  • Understanding of basic healthcare principals with the ability to provide focused health education and referrals for a wide range of services.
  • Competency in providing support and assistance to families in navigating the health and social services system.
  • Basic computer proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently on individual and assigned tasks using self-direction, initiative and good judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team environment while exhibiting good judgment. 
  • Proficiency in basic mathematics and analytical comprehension.
  • Possession of a valid California Drivers License, a good driving record, and the use of a properly insured vehicle per the requirements of the State of California.
  • Ability to interact in a professional non-judgmental manner with persons of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • All Agency staff are involved in developing their respect for diversity and support of diverse populations.  Willingness to be involved in this training is mandatory.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality in compliance with HIPPA requirements.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, accuracy and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience in health services, community-based, non-profit program development, or other related field.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Must be able to sit at a desk, often for most of the day.  Must be able to do phone or computer work for blocks of time.  Must be able to communicate verbally. Must be able to lift and move paperwork, files, and computer equipment up to 25 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit; use hands to handle objects/operate keyboards; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, and crouch; talk and hear.  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The position will be based primarily at the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County site office with some travel required to various locations through out Sonoma County.   Field position at off-site locations of unknown accessibility.  The noise level in the work environment can be loud. 



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