Community Health Advocates are volunteers who play an important role in the wellness of multicultural patients. They help the participants in the Patient Health Improvement Initiative (PHII) to navigate the health and social services systems, encouraging them on their journey to good health. Each volunteer helps five to ten patients, supporting the PHII staff.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Attend all orientation / trainings for the Community Health Advocate role.
- Collaborate with the PHII team to ensure patient and program goals are being achieved and updated, as needed.
- Encourage and empower patients to take responsibility for their health.
- Regularly call patients to check on their progress and lend moral support.
- Assist with office/administrative tasks (provide data entry, as needed).
- Visit patients in their home.
- Visit patients in the hospital or skilled nursing facility.
- Provide spiritual support to patients who are interested.
- Assist PHII staff at community events, such as health fairs and meetings.
- Have a personal commitment to health and wellness.
- Have a deep interest in helping other people.
- Have demonstrated leadership skills.
- Have strong communication skills.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to speak a second language is a plus.
People interested in serving as a Community Health Advocate on a volunteer or intern basis may contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 619-266-3664.