We are looking for a Community Health Advocate (Community
Program/Service Worker) for the Community Benefit - MV Department
at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Work Schedule: Full Time - 80 Biweekly Hours
Shift: 8-hour, Days
The Health Advocate works with team members in the development
and operation of health and related activities that focus primarily
on low-income and English-as-a-second language communities. The
Health Advocate is bilingual English/Spanish and demonstrates not
only linguistic competence in both languages but also cultural
competency and advocacy in his/her activities. The Health Advocate
takes the lead in community outreach, health education and
advocacy. The Health Advocate assumes increased responsibility and
acts independently (within the team framework) in the development
of program strategies goals, programs, and outcomes within the
overall department plan. Advocate engages community members in
developing their leadership abilities. He/she assists in the
recruitment, training, and oversight of volunteers.
* Is responsible for awareness and health education to the
community: * Develops, provides and coordinates health awareness
and educational classes, curriculums, and presentations based on
reliable resources and best practices to community, schools,
families, and faith communities. * Strategies and activities are
based on the five ASACB Core Principles: * Emphasis on Communities
with disproportionate unmet health needs. * Emphasis on primary
prevention. * Build a seamless continuum of care. * Community
capacity building. * Collaborative governance.
* Collaborates with schools, Family Resource Centers, parent
groups, faith communities, community organizations, etc., to
promote healthy lifestyles incorporating body, mind, and spirit. *
Performs home visits or consultations to assess for barriers to
achievement of health goals and provides education, support, or
other activities to help families overcome barriers. * Links
residents with appropriate community organizations in order to meet
the varied needs of the family.
* Is responsible for outreach into the community: * Familiarizes
and involves his or herself with the community, schools, faith,
communities, families, organizations - focusing on the underserved
and low-income communities. * Develops relationships with key
community members. * Identifies and assesses family and community
health needs. * Works together with team members and key community
members to distribute health education and related services.
* Advocates for healthier communities through grass roots
community development: * Provides health advocacy in a two way
manner: * Advocates for the needs of the community. * Advocates for
healthy behaviors by community members.
* Facilitates grass roots community organization in conjunction
with team members and appropriate community organizations for
projects that relate to the department's goals/objectives, as
needed. * Provides development tools and training for community
members to become leaders. * Develops and enhances relationships
with community representatives. * Works to develop self-sustaining,
neighborhood-based leadership in promoting healthier lifestyles and
assists in the development of community groups to address local
issues, when appropriate.
* Recruitment and management of volunteers: * Performs outreach
to attract volunteers to the Health & Ministry Programs. * Provides
program orientation and coordinates volunteer schedules. * Works
with Community Benefit Office Manager to integrate volunteers into
the department using the hospital volunteer protocol. * Seeks out
and provides education and training for volunteers so that they may
assist with program work and in promoting healthier lifestyle
development within communities. * Ensures volunteers meet hospital
guidelines and necessary annual updates to remain active.
* Performs data collection and performance improvement: *
Responsible for data collection and timely reporting activities for
designated programs. * Participates in development and utilization
of performance improvement standards consistent with his/her areas
of responsibility. * Collects and organizes data from screenings,
outreach, educational activities and other advocate activities. *
Acts as a resource for teammates, especially in the are of cultural
* Be a self-starter and independent worker. * Possess team
spirit and cooperation. * Possess or develop knowledge in: *
Designated disease and health conditions. * Basic anatomy and
physiology appropriate to the condition(s) prioritized in
department. * Significance of the connection between body, mind,
and spirit. * Current related health issues.
* Able to communicate health and disease concepts to clients and
audiences. * Posses basic computer skills in MS Office, including
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Ability to organize workload
compelling priorities and files. * Demonstrates leadership skills.
* Able to work some evenings and weekends. * Is prompt to event and
classes. * Sensitive to cultural differences and responds
appropriately. * Commitment to building consensus and
relationships. * Ability to work in fast-paced office environment
with multiple projects and objectives. * Ability to educate at
different developmental levels (children, adolescents and
Minimum Position Requirements:
* H.S. Diploma or GED * Bachelor's Degree - Preferred fields:
Health or Educational. Degree from another country is valid or work
experience related to program assessment, planning, development and
Experience: Three (3) years experience in a healthcare setting
or related position.
* Valid California Driver's License. * Auto Insurance. *
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a language
competency assessment that demonstrates competency in Spanish
Preferred Position Qualifications:
Education: Coursework/Training - Formal or informal training in
designated chronic diseases.
* Experience in education or teaching. * Experience in working
with families and groups.
Licenses/Certifications: Certification as a Promotora from a
reputable organization (i.e. Latino Health Access).
At Mission Hospital with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna
Beach, CA our core values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice,
Excellence and Integrity translate into an environment where the
welfare of our patients always comes before the bottom line. As a
member of Providence Health System, we serve all of south Orange
Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is a Level II Trauma Center and
is the area's designated regional trauma center. We have Centers of
Excellence in heart, maternity, trauma, breast care, spine,
vascular, stroke and brain injury.
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach provides local coastal communities
with 24-hour emergency department services, medical/surgical
services, behavioral health programs including inpatient and
outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services and an
outpatient eating disorder program.
Mission Surgery Center performs approximately 4,500 annual
surgeries and provides a safe and convenient outpatient setting. It
is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health
We've received two Beacon Awards for clinical excellence and in
2012 we received Magnet Designation which recognizes hospitals for
top patient care, quality nursing and innovations in nursing and
healthcare. We offer a collegial work environment with competitive
salaries and benefits.
Mission Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO)
to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or
genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Mission Hospital
complies with applicable state and local laws governing
nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the
company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and
conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,
promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of
absence, compensation and training.
Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment
consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in
for staff vacancies.