Barbershop Project Hypertension Outreach Navigator

Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)

About the organization

Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) drives dramatic improvements in the health of New Yorkers by feeding people who are hungry, healing families broken apart by violence, and bridging the gaps between people and the compassionate health care they deserve. CHASI serves the most vulnerable individuals, families, and communities with critical services and programs. CHASI provides outreach, education, prevention, and direct support services for populations most affected by health disparities – the poor and working poor, low income people with chronic illnesses, persons with criminal justice involvement, substance users, domestic violence survivors, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Duties

POSITION SUMMARY:

Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)’s hypertension screening and support activities include, but are not limited to: 1) in-person outreach efforts to engage persons within community settings, specifically community barbershops, with free hypertension screening; 2) education of community members about behavioral practices and medical interventions that can support healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health; 3) service planning, intervention and support with persons needing assistance in addressing hypertension and navigating the healthcare system. The activities listed above are embedded within comprehensive care coordination and navigation services provided by CHASI, and may be complemented with the other services offered throughout the agency, such as health insurance screening and enrollment, SNAP screening and enrollment, emergency food, free BP screening at various locations (including a 24 hour recovery center) and individual and group coaching on chronic disease self-management.

The Barbershop Project Hypertension Outreach Navigator educates community residents to increase their awareness of hypertension and its risks to health and discusses all relevant prevention and intervention measures according to presentation. They conduct comprehensive health education and coaching with each person with hypertension who voluntarily agrees to enroll. Following referral to a medical provider, the Navigator follows up with clients provided such referrals. They also assist with client entry into healthcare and services to address barriers to care. The Hypertension Project Navigator reaches out to clients via phone, text, email and letters should they experience difficulty keeping appointments or need additional support to follow their person-centered action plan.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and requires a flexible schedule, such that some of the job tasks may be conducted during evening hours and on weekends.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conduct barbershop outreach focused on reaching men of color with information on hypertension, its risks and the benefits of hypertension control
Engage and navigate persons with existing or newly identified hypertension to medical care and other services identified through an evaluation of possible barriers to care
Educate and coach persons with hypertension on intervention strategies and resources
Support client attendance at appointments for medical care and social services, and secure documentation about the outcome of such appointments
Collect and submit to CHASI’s Data Unit accurate data on persons reached, engaged and served
The above is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all the job functions

Qualifications

Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS:

High School Diploma/GED preferred, but not required
Previous experience working/volunteering with programs or organizations that tackle health or social issues
Knowledge of community resources and organizations on Staten Island
Ability to juggle priorities and manage time productively
Effective oral and written communication skills
Energetic, open-minded, and empathetic “people person”
Flexible, able to change gears at a moment’s notice and “go with the flow”
Thrives in fast-paced environment
Highly organized, pays attention to detail, and can follow strict protocols
Creative problem-solver
Comfortable using a computer: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook

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