Health Educator

Gateway Community Health Center


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Laredo, TX
Contract type: Full time
Gateway Community Health Center
DESCRIPTION




DESCRIPTION: Assists with administrative assignments, coordinates and conducts training workshops for patients and community.




SUPERVISION: Directly supervised by Director of Health Education and Training.




TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires standard amounts of standing and sitting; may require moving/carrying up to 25 pounds. Requires the use of office equipment, such as computer terminals, telephone and copiers. Requires work outside the office.



DUTIES




FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



  • Develops and presents health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and educational/promotional presentations.

  • Encourage healthy lifestyles & wellness by educating patients and their families about health related topics such as the importance of exercise, weight management, and the habits and behaviors necessary to avoid illness.

  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.

  • Develops policies for disease management programs to assist in health promotion and disease control.

  • Develops curriculum and prepares manuals, visual aids, outlines, and other materials used in teaching.

  • Coordinates diet counseling services with nutritionist and program staff.

  • Functions as part of a team while being self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Maintains strict confidentiality of patient information and patient records.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES:



  • Strong community/public health orientation;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in both English and Spanish;

  • Experience with patient/community health education;

  • Knowledge/experience in diabetes preferred;

  • Knowledge of training and group dynamics;

  • Must be able to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions;

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision;

  • Must be able to travel in-town and out-of-town.

QUALIFICATIONS





  • Bachelor's degree with in Health Sciences or related field. College education may be substituted for five years of experience. Two years' experience as a health educator/trainer preferred.

  • Managerial level computer skills in Microsoft Windows; must include Excel and skills in database management and record keeping.

  • CPR/First Aide certification required (If not currently certified, Center will provide training).

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred.

  • Possess means of transportation.

  • Texas Driver's License and proof of vehicle insurance.


FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



  • Develops and presents health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and educational/promotional presentations.

  • Encourage healthy lifestyles & wellness by educating patients and their families about health related topics such as the importance of exercise, weight management, and the habits and behaviors necessary to avoid illness.

  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.

  • Develops policies for disease management programs to assist in health promotion and disease control.

  • Develops curriculum and prepares manuals, visual aids, outlines, and other materials used in teaching.

  • Coordinates diet counseling services with nutritionist and program staff.

  • Functions as part of a team while being self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Maintains strict confidentiality of patient information and patient records.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES:



  • Strong community/public health orientation;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in both English and Spanish;

  • Experience with patient/community health education;

  • Knowledge/experience in diabetes preferred;

  • Knowledge of training and group dynamics;

  • Must be able to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions;

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision;

  • Must be able to travel in-town and out-of-town.

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