Community Health Worker - Indiana Regions Overview:
The graph above shows that there were
62 job postings for the occupation of Community Health Worker in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Community Health Worker. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.
What Community Health Worker Do:
Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
Common Job Activities:
- Perform basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicable disease screening.
- Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.
- Administer immunizations or other basic preventive treatments.
- Identify the particular health care needs of individuals in a community or target area.
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
- Conduct home visits for pregnant women, newborn infants, or other high-risk individuals to monitor their progress or assess their needs.
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to self-care, such as diabetes management.
- Transport or accompany clients to scheduled health appointments or referral sites.
- Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.
- Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
- Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
- Refer community members to needed health services.
- Advocate for individual or community health needs with government agencies or health service providers.
- Teach appropriate parenting behaviors to individuals or families.
- Report incidences of child or elder abuse, neglect, or threats of harm to authorities, as required.
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to sanitation or hygiene, such as flossing or hand washing.
- Teach classes or otherwise disseminate medical or dental health information to school groups, community groups, or targeted families or individuals, in a manner consistent with cultural norms.
- Collect information from individuals to compile vital statistics about the general health of community members.
- Assist families to apply for social services, including Medicaid or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- Advise clients or community groups on issues related to social or intellectual development, such as education, childcare, or problem solving.
- Provide basic health services, such as first aid.
- Interpret, translate, or provide cultural mediation related to health services or information for community members.
- Attend community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members.
- Monitor nutrition of children, elderly, or other high-risk groups.
- Advise clients or community groups to ensure parental understanding of the importance of childhood immunizations and how to access immunization services.
- Develop plans or formal contracts for individuals, families, or community groups to improve overall health.
- Provide feedback to health service providers regarding improving service accessibility or acceptability.
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