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Community Health Worker - School Dental Program

Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

For nearly 50 years, we have been a health care leader in our community focused on providing excellent, affordable primary care to all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Fair Haven is proud to have a diverse and motivated team of professionals who are constantly seeking ways to enhance and improve the health and well-being of all patients.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity as FHCHC has doubled its current pediatric patients by virtue of a novel collaboration with its local academic health center. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay.

Fair Haven Community Health Care 

FHCHC is a forward-thinking, dynamic, and exciting community health center that provides care for multiple generations at nearly 80,000 office visits in 14 locations.  Overseen by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are patients themselves, we are proud to offer a wide range of primary and specialty care services, as well as evidence-based patient programs to educate patients in healthy lifestyle choices. As we grow and are able to bring high-quality health care to more areas that need access, we continue to put our patients first in everything we do. The mission of FHCHC is “To improve the health and social well-being of the communities we serve through equitable, high quality, patient-centered care that is culturally responsive.”

This is a unique and exciting opportunity as FHCHC is about to double its current pediatric patients by virtue of a novel collaboration with its local academic health center. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay.

Job purpose

The Community Health Worker works closely with the Dental Health Program Manager to coordinate school based dental services, including in-school services, permission forms, schedules, classroom education, dental screenings, and dental care.  The selected candidate will serve as the chief liaison between school officials, parents, and FHCHC dental professionals.

Duties and responsibilities

  • The Community Health Worker works collaboratively with FHCHC dental professionals and school personnel to support a robust and growing program. Typical duties include but are not limited to:
  • Coordinates all school based dental services and ensures dental permission slips are completed in a timely manner
  • Develops and implements efficient workflows for the school-based oral health program 
  • Provides information to parents about the importance of good oral health in their children and the availability of resources in their child’s school
  • Educates children in K-8 and high school settings on the importance of good oral health
  • Attend school PTA/PTO meetings and other events to enhance communication with parents
  • Documents client referrals, encounters and services in the electronic health record (EPIC)
  • Maintain databases for funders and creates summary statistical reports
  • Maintains strict adherence to all document deadlines including report deadlines and timely completeness of documentation
  • Attends relevant trainings
  • Represents Fair Haven Community Health Care at community outreach events
  • Assists the dentist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients of the health center
  • Performs other necessary duties as required by FHCHC to achieve the goal of providing high quality oral health services

Qualifications

  • High school diploma required.  
  • Bachelor’s Degree and experience in program coordination is preferred.  
  • Excellent communication skills and oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish is also required. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and data entry is a must. 
  • Experience in early childhood or healthcare setting and dental office setting is desirable. Dental assistants encouraged to apply.

Direct Reports

  • None

OSHA Status:

Category I—Increased Risk Position

Potential exposure to hazardous waste and blood borne pathogens, clinical settings

Physical requirements:

Physical Demands: Requires walking, bending, sitting, standing, writing, reading, telephone use, data input into computer, pulling medical records,

Mental Demands: Ability to cope with continual changing priorities under potentially stressful conditions

Manual Dexterity Required:  Ability to use a keyboard, telephone.

American with Disabilities Requirements:

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

Fair Haven Community Health Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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