Under the COVID-19 Outreach and Education Division, the COVID-19 Disparities Grant (CDG) goals include eliminating COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities by growing public health capacity in the 11224 zip code in a multi-pronged approach:

  • Increase access to COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and vaccination services.
  • Address COVID-19 risk factors such as chronic disease, social determinants of health and racism.
  • Build collective action to address racial disparities and resource needs.

Position Summary:

Community Health Workers (CHW) are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the cultures and community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, information, referral, and advocacy.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain relationships with community members and organizational partners.
  • Participate in community listening sessions designed to collect information that will inform development of priorities for reducing COVID-19 risk and disparities in the Coney Island and Far Rockaway communities.
  • Assist in the collection and confirmation of community resource data.
  • Conduct COVID-19 outreach and engage residents in the Coney Island and Far Rockaway communities.
  • Provide education on COVID-19 prevention, testing, vaccination, and support services.
  • Attend community testing and vaccination events to provide outreach and support.
  • Refer community members to service resources and information based on their stated needs.
  • Maintain a log of activities and complete regular reports in order to meet program goals. Serve as a member of the CDG COVID-19 operations team, providing strategy input and feedback.
  • Special projects as needed.

Competencies:

  • Experience in community education/outreach; knowledge of public health topics such as health equity, health disparities, and social determinants of health.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to work independently, including organizing and prioritizing activities.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends, as needed.

Skill and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health or a related field preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English/Russian) but not required.
  • Residents living in the Coney Island and Far Rockaway communities, and surrounding zip codes are encouraged to apply