City of Laredo, TX
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Health Educator I, (B196021-1), R29, HIV Services
at City of Laredo, TX
- Job Summary
Works with health promotion and education prevention for at-risk individuals for HIV/STD; may also provide education on other infectious diseases, diabetes, obesity, and malnutrition. Promotes wellness and improves the quality of life through a reduction of at-risk behavior; conducts extensive outreach, which includes screening and testing services.
- Job Description
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of principles and practices of health education and outreach.
- Knowledge of chronic disease risk practices, disease prevention and promotion methods.
- Knowledge of health problems and community resources.
- Knowledge of people's behavior or culture for social interaction.
- Knowledge of the Mexican culture.
- Ability to build networks for health promotion, prevention, and social services support.
- Ability to work effectively with others and to deal tactfully with professional personnel and the public.
- Ability to stimulate and work with local groups to provide leadership and organizational assistance to programs dealing with health issues.
- Ability to understand both oral and written instructions.
- Ability to speak effectively with groups and individuals.
- Ability to take and follow directions from supervisor.
- Ability to maintain a valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record.
- Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo.
- Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language and orally in the Spanish language.
- Ability to comply with all City of Laredo policies and procedures.
- Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed inside an office. Work may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, such as: contagious infectious disease, irritating chemicals and dry atmosphere. Capable of working closely with others or alone, working long or irregular working hours, working shift work and/or weekends, and traveling by car 15% of the time. Ability to operate a motor vehicle and office equipment; Work requires light to moderate carrying and lifting (under 15 pounds up to 44 pounds), straight pulling, pulling hand over hand, simple grasping, dual simultaneous grasping, sitting, standing, pushing, stooping, walking, and reaching above shoulders. Ability to see, write, read, count, identify shade of colors, perceive depth, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Studies, researches, and prepares health education and prevention material to be presented.
- Conducts presentations on HIV prevention and co-morbidities, such as: smoking, stress management, nutrition, exercise, diabetes, and cholesterol.
- Assists in coordinating and implementing health education programs in particular on HIV/STD and links to Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Services.
- Provides training services to individuals or groups on HIV and infectious disease.
- Reviews, prepares, and chooses the educational material used in health promotion programs through various health educational techniques and outreach at community level for lay persons.
- Conducts exercise classes and distribution information on health and HIV related issues.
- Motivates participants to become healthier individuals and reduce the risks of HIV and STDs.
- Responds to questions relating to HIV and health issues, providing relevant information and/or referring persons to appropriate services.
- Weighs and measures participants weekly; takes blood pressure of participants; conducts self appraisals for each participant every three months (if appropriate).
- Helps persons fill applications for health services and teaches them how to access the health care system (Medicaid, Title V, etc).
- Prepares, maintains, and keeps current the reduction chart and submits the same to participants every three (3) months.
- Provides immunizations and vaccines of preventable disease promotions.
- Prepares weekly class schedule; prepares monthly report of activities accomplished.
- Maintains close contact with volunteers in case they need forms or other equipment.
- Projects a positive and professional image of intervention division.
- Inputs information into the computer regarding referral information.
- Conducts health education and HIV prevention using various media and outreach techniques.
- Works with physicians, healthcare providers, and community groups on public health services.
- Assists in maintaining good communication between staff, visitors, and other business contacts.
- Must follow all rules of telephone courtesy in all telephone communications.
- Will be required to drive a City vehicle for City business use.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Qualifications
High school diploma or G.E.D.
At least one (1) year of experience in health education, outreach, or community social support or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides to the knowledge, skills, and abilities.
This position is grant funded. Therefore, it is solely dependent of availability of grant funds.
- Valid Licenses and Certifications
Valid Texas Driver License (Must have dependable transportation)*
*If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver License must be obtained prior to employment.
As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment.
Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.
Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 727-6460 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable.
"AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, THE CITY COMPLIES WITH THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT."