Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 24-Aug-2019 to 23-Sep-2019
  • - Westside Community Development Corporation
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Diabetes Impact Project – Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN)
 
WCDC, in collaboration with the Diabetes Impact Project, is seeking a dedicated individual who has an intimate understanding of near west community to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community in order to improve the quality of health for residents on the near west side of Indianapolis. The ideal candidate will be able will be able to navigate in a racially diverse community divided almost evenly between African American, White and Latino populations.

Who we are:
Westside Community Development Corporation (WCDC) is a non-profit community development organization with its's focus target area centering around four neighborhoods on the near west side just west of the IUPUI campus. WCDC over the years has primarily focused on creating housing opportunities for families; home ownership, rental, transitional and owner occupied repair. As an asset based community development organization we want to meet families where they are and help increase their ability to meet the needs of their family and to see themselves as part of a larger community. We believe whether the assistance is in finances, housing, health or education, it all contributes to a safe, viable community where people want to work, shop, live and thrive.

PROJECT OVERVIEW
The goals of the Diabetes Impact Project – Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN) project are to 1) improve access and continuity of care for people with diabetes, 2) increase screening-seeking behavior for those at high risk for diabetes and 3) work with residents to build an environment (physical and social) that supports health and wellbeing for all residents. 

The role of the neighborhood Community Health Worker (CHW) is to support these DIP-IN project goals in partnership with the neighborhood organizations and committees, including DIP-IN steering committees. As the neighborhood CHW, you will be a frontline public health worker who is a trusted, collaborative member of the near west community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Increase neighborhood knowledge of risks, treatment, and prevention of diabetes
  o Share health education information with residents and neighborhood organizations
• Help create a neighborhood culture of health
  o Engage residents in health conversations and behaviors
  o Participate in neighborhood meetings and events (occasionally help plan and lead these opportunities)
  o Work with DIP-IN partners and residents to build an environment (physical and social) that supports health and wellbeing for all residents
  o Engage residents in initiating and leading health discussions, projects, and behaviors independently
• Empower neighborhood residents to personal purpose and self-care
  o Conduct health risk assessment to identify appropriate next steps of care for individual residents
  o Refer residents to appropriate medical and social support agencies
  o Create resident-centered actions plans to address risk of diabetes
  o Conduct follow-up visits and calls to provide support, encouragement, and guidance
  o Encourage participation in other initiatives that present opportunities for residents to be more engaged and have influence over what happens in their community
• Be a strong partner with other DIP-IN activities
  o Participate in DIP-IN steering committee meetings
  o Attend quarterly trainings
  o Communicate regularly with project CHWs who are employed by Eskenazi Health
• Support the long-term success of the DIP-IN project
  o Participate in evaluation and research through data entry and reporting
  o Provide all services in compliance with HIPAA regulation
• Undertake any other duties within your capabilities as reasonably required
• Estimated Work
  o 1st 6 months
    > 40% network building
    > 25% training/admin
    > 25% outreach and identifying resources
    > 10% caseload/client follow up & support
  o 2nd 6 months
    > 35% network building
    > 25% outreach
    > 25% caseload/client follow up & support
    > 15% training/admin

QUALIFICATIONS
To successfully fulfill this role, an ideal candidate is someone that:
• Has at a minimum a High School diploma or equivalent.
• Has a strong desire to influence change in their community and has a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a community health worker or community builder or volunteer preferred.
• Is a resident and/or has extensive knowledge of residents, the neighborhood, and available community resources
• Is a connector, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills especially in engaging and listening to people
• Has a strong commitment to cultural humility and has a natural ability to build relationships with residents and stakeholders of diverse backgrounds
• Has the natural ability to treat people as individuals, be understanding of issues they face and see them as equals
• Has the aptitude to complete CHW training and achieve certification within first six (6) months of hire to become designated as a Certified Community Health Worker
• Has a strong ability to communicate in English with residents, stakeholders, medical, and social-support professionals in both written and verbal form
• Has the ability to use technology and software applications, i.e. Microsoft Office, to track and record data and to submit reports
• Is flexible, adaptable, and has availability to attend evening and weekend events
• Ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable but not required for application
• Must have the ability to stand, sit, or walk for extended periods of time

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