The Child Research in Obesity Prevention (CROP) Program in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our organization as a Community Health Worker for community health research and promotion. The bilingual (Spanish and English) community health worker will help coordinate activities, deliver health coaching sessions, and provide community referrals for families in pregnancy and infancy for the Health e-Baby randomized controlled trial to prevent chronic disease. Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics is a world leader in providing care for children. Our mission areas include Healthcare, Education and Research. We offer care for our patients in over 25 specialty areas as well as individualized care for complex cases. Our Residency, Fellowship and Graduate programs are among the best in the Nation. Our Clinical, Translational and Basic Science research features collaborations across specialties and stretches from the bench to bedside. We also have several active Clinical trials available to our patients. This position will support research in the Department by delivering novel interventions to promote maternal-infant and child/family health starting early in life.
Use culturally appropriate techniques to provide outreach, community education, informal counseling, and social support to intervention participants
Facilitates individual and group health coaching sessions and disseminates health education materials as per study protocol and schedule, including virtually and in-person
Provides referrals to community resources based on family social and health needs
Partners with research team and study participants to schedule, coordinate and deliver individual and group health coaching sessions for clinical trials
Prepares and maintains appropriate tracking logs and documents of health promotion activities.
Collects information on the quality and performance of health coaching sessions.
Assists with the maintenance of intervention materials
Provides program information to the public conducting media campaigns, and/or maintaining program-related web sites as needed
Maintains a positive relationship with the study team, clinical staff, and participants, and acts as a health promotion resource during the course of intervention
Provides support to clinical staff to ensure research is successfully implemented, including maintaining an on-site presence, answering questions, and reporting successes and roadblocks to the study team
Works with the study team to assist with the development of curricula, educational materials, workshops and programs as required
Attends study team meetings and trainings and regularly provides health coaching updates to the research team at team meetings
Helps facilitate other clinical and community-based participatory researchAny other related duties as assigned
High School Diploma or equivalent, with some work experience.
Minimum Education requirement (1.5 years of related experience for each year of education may be used to fulfill education requirements.)
Prior experience in health education/promotion, public health, or community health
Experience with health counseling in-group and individual settings
Bilingual in written and spoken English and Spanish
Experience with community-based participatory research and familiarity with the community in northern Manhattan and south Bronx is preferred
Ability to work remotely and in a general office environment. Some early morning, weekend, and evening hours and travel may be required
Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred
Prior training and experience in clinical, home-based (such as Healthy Families), or community-based programs (such as WIC, MEND or DPP) preferred
Ability to build trust and maintain confidentiality with diverse populations
Ability to identify and follow through on project issues and use initiative
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
Moderate degree of computer literacy, including virtual meeting and word processing software
Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information discreetly
Ability to prioritize work and operate under tight deadlines
Motivated and flexible, able to work independently
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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