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Community Health Advocate I or II – 2 Positions Available Portland and Siletz

Opening Date: September 1, 2021
Closing Date: September 15, 2021
Job Title: Community Health Advocate I or II – 2 positions available Portland and Siletz
Salary/Wage: $16.13/hr – $17.92/hr
Tribal Level: 15 – 16
Location: Portland, OR and Siletz, OR
Classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Job Posting Number: 202148, 202163

Introduction:

The Community Health Advocate’s (CHA) provides a variety of services to tribal members relating to healthcare.  CHAs advocate for individuals, identify available services available to tribal members, and promote wellness individually and community wide.

 

Requirements:

CHA I – High School diploma or GED and one year of health-related coursework or experience working with the public in a health or social service related field. This position transitions to Community Health Advocate II (TL 16.1) upon successful completion of Basic Nursing Assistant Course and 18-months experience as the CHA, Passenger Safety Technician training, and satisfactory annual employee evaluations. Knowledge of: Healthcare systems and payment mechanisms utilized by Siletz tribal members, including Contract Health Care, Oregon Health Plan, and IHS medical facilities. Local, private, and county healthcare service systems and individual medical providers. Basic preventive health practices in the areas of nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, physical activity, communicable disease, maternal-child health, and routine health screenings. A basic understanding of disease and illness, and skill sufficient to teach clients, and to impress upon them and their family members the necessity to continue the procedures of proper health care. The unique health concerns of Native Americans, preferred. Ability to: Model preventive health practices during work hours. To travel locally and long distance in accordance with tribal transportation policy. Build and maintain client rapport and trust through a nonjudgmental attitude, advocacy, timely follow-up to client requests, and unconditional positive regard. Maintain personal and professional boundaries.  Therapeutic boundaries in interactions with clientele are necessary to maintain professionalism and to ensure proper utilization of community health staff. Exercise good judgment in situations significantly impacting client and/or own safety and well-being. Other: Obtain First Aid/CPR within the first 30-days of hire. Obtain Food Handlers card within 15-days of hire. Complete Motivational Interviewing basic course within 6-months of hire. Must possess a valid Oregon State driver’s license, insurance and be eligible to drive a GSA Vehicle.

 

CHA II – High School diploma or GED, and completed Certified Nursing Assistant program and 18-months as a Community Health Advocate or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Knowledge of: Healthcare systems and payment mechanisms utilized by Siletz tribal members, including Contract Health Care, Oregon Health Plan, and IHS medical facilities. Local, private, and county healthcare service systems and individual medical providers. Basic preventive health practices in the areas of nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, drug use, physical activity, communicable disease, maternal-child health, and routine health screenings. Disease and illness, and skill sufficient to teach clients, and impress upon them and their family members the necessity to continue the procedures of proper health care. The unique health concerns of Native Americans required. Ability to: Model preventive health practices during work hours. Travel locally and longer distances in accordance with tribal transportation policy. Build and maintain client rapport and trust through a nonjudgmental attitude, advocacy, timely follow-up to client requests, and unconditional positive regard/respect. Maintain personal and professional boundaries Therapeutic boundaries in interactions with clientele are necessary to maintain professionalism and to ensure proper utilization of community health staff. Exercise good judgment in situations significantly impacting client and/or own safety and well-being. Other: Obtain First Aid/CPR within the first 30-days of hire. Obtain Passenger Safety Technician Training within 6-months of hire. Obtain Food Handlers card within 15-days of hire. Complete Motivational Interviewing basic course within 6-months of hire. Must possess a valid Oregon State driver’s license, insurance and be eligible to drive a GSA Vehicle.

 

Duties:

Reduce barriers to Tribal members receiving health services including, but not limited to: Serving as liaison and/or referral source between clientele and relevant tribal programs, healthcare providers, and county, state, and federal agencies. Providing advocacy for client as needed. Providing or arranging transportation in accordance with tribal transportation policy. Provide health information and activities to the Tribal membership in local service area through monthly newsletter submissions, quarterly health promotion activities, and periodic health screenings. Serves as local distributor and educator of health and safety equipment including bicycle helmets, car seats, and Elders Safety Project items per department policy. Consults with supervisor in a timely fashion regarding situations outside the scope of CHA knowledge and experience. Works with Contract Health Services to provide pre- and post-operative medical related services. Works closely with supervisor to provide local service area clientele access to Community Health Department sponsored events. Provides 8 hours nutritional education support to USDA Program (Siletz and Salem CHAs only). Maintains accurate and current client records and provides quarterly and annual program reports as required. Tactfully encourages wellness practices as well as client follow-up on existing health problems. Support the Diabetes Program by coordinating and monitoring the following activities: monthly diabetic support groups, conduct individual Rapid Assessment of Physical Activities and goal-setting with clients, Diabetes Exercise Program, and the Exercise Challenge event. Dispense and maintain over-the-counter medication inventory. Support the Healthy Traditions Program as needed: Nutrition cooking classes, Food preservation: freezing, drying, canning. Other duties as assigned.

All new employees will serve a six-month probationary period to enable the General Manger to determine their suitability as a tribal employee. After the six-month probation the employee will be evaluated of his/her performance and at that time, it will be, decided if the employee is entitled to a regular employee status.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a Tribal “Application for Employment Form”, found here: Employment Application
Applications must be received by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR TRAINING OR EDUCATION, DOCUMENTATION MUST BE PROVIDED.

If applying for more than one position, separate applications will be required for each position.
The high school diploma/GED requirement will be waived for Tribal Elders

Send Applications To

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Attn: Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 549
Siletz, OR 97380

Fax number: 541-444-8375 or 1-800-922-1399 ext. 1375
Human Resources: 1-800-922-1399 ext. 1274
Website: www.ctsi.nsn.us
Email: hrdepartment@ctsi.nsn.us

Conditions of Employment

The selectee will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use before employment.

New employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment or submit a request for exemption to the Human Resource Manager, prior to starting employment.

May need to provide DMV Driver Record and proof of Automobile insurance.

The Tribe’s Indian Preference Policy will apply. Tribal government will not discriminate in selection because of race, creed, age, sex, color, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, membership, and non-membership in an employee organization.