Community Health Organizer-Intermediate
Pay Rate: $21 / hour
" Community Health Organizer
Community activist or public health educated.
Community activist with understanding of community dynamics and organizing skills. Individuals without experience must be college educated and have experience through community service activities.
• Knowledge of non-professional health care services designed to improve
the ability of individuals to perform daily living activities.
• Ability to read and interpret written materials.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Ability to effectively speak publicly.
In 2020, the Office of Health Equity began adapting the existing Public Health
3.0 model into Health Equity Zones [HEZ]. The HEZ initiative is a place-based
model designed to improve health outcomes across the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania— addressing socioeconomic and environmental determinants of
health, eliminating health disparities and ensuring access to quality health care
services for all Pennsylvanians.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Pennsylvania' s
underserved communities, with individuals at higher risk due to underlying
conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and
asthma, just to name a few. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention [CDC], " long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put
some members of racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting
COVID-19 or experiencing severe illness, regardless of age.” In order to combat
this disparity, it is crucial to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccinations.
Utilizing data obtained, the Office of Health Equity will identify communities
with poor health outcomes and support State Health Centers (SHC) in
developing local capacity in order to increase vaccinations.
The CHO will work with community partners to identify vaccination sites,
promote vaccination clinics, identify trusted messengers to promote vaccination
and prevention tactics. CHO' s will develop county coalitions that address
immediate needs and future opportunities.
CHO' s will help community members access basic needs like food, PPE, mental
health services, while providing updated information on mitigation strategies.