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Community Health Workers
District Of Columbia

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Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.42 - $41.10

Typical Annual Salary: $38,300 - $85,500

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Perform basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicative disease screening.
  • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.
  • Administer immunizations or other basic preventive treatments.
  • Identify the particular health care needs of individuals in a community or target area.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
  • Conduct home visits for pregnant women, newborn infants, or other high-risk individuals to monitor their progress or assess their needs.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to self-care, such as diabetes management.
  • Transport or accompany clients to scheduled health appointments or referral sites.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Automobiles or cars
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Mercury blood pressure units

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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