Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Community Health Worker

Job ID
21120
Type
Temporary Full-Time
Company
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Location
US-WA-Seattle

Overview

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

 

The Community Health Worker for Indigenous Populations (CHW-IP) will serve as part of a Multi- disciplinary Team to address the disproportionate burden of lung cancer among Northwest Indigenous communities and stopping commercial tobacco-use for the community at-large. Using culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, the CHW-IP will provide high-quality comprehensive outreach, navigation, and advocacy services, focusing on efforts including health education/health literacy, health promotion, disease prevention and treatment access. In addition:

 

•    The CHW-IP will identify and implement effective strategies, including community education, facilitation of commercial tobacco cessation efforts, and linkage to lung cancer screening services where appropriate.

•    The CHW-IP will help create trusting relationships between families, providers and həliʔil Program staff, and work to increase self-efficacy among those Indigenous patients and families that are accessing and navigating the complex health care.

Responsibilities

  • Assists with implementation, management and tracking of a Tobacco Use survey.
  • Assists with patient navigation to appropriate SCCA smoking cessation programing and lung cancer screening, and to community-based resources as needed.
  • Provides smoking cessation counseling and associated resources to community members.
  • In collaboration with the SCCA American Indian/Alaska Native Patient Navigator, assists in culturally appropriate patient / family transitions between community-based care and SCCA.
  • Serves as a cultural broker/representative among SCCA clinical and həliʔil Program staff, maintaining ongoing communication with affiliated programs and institutions, while representing the həliʔil Program to community partners and Indigenous/Tribal organizations.
  • Fulfills and maintain all reporting requirements in accordance with SCCA and həliʔil Program policies.
  • Maintains metrics as per həliʔil Program guidelines, and identifies trends/gaps.
  • Participates in staff meetings, activities and trainings to improve system coordination.
  • Participates in orientation and training of SCCA staff regarding patient education /patient navigation/coordination of services and cultural beliefs and practices of the population served.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, and proficiency with
  • Microsoft Office applications required (including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and Visio).
  • Attention to detail required, ability to troubleshoot or anticipate change desirable.
  • Understanding of, and competence in, highly professional realm requiring diplomatic communications with internal and external groups, with effective fielding of inquiries and professional representation of the program.
  • Works well independently with minimal supervision and is expected to use initiative and sound judgment in carrying out responsibilities within the framework of the department procedures.
  • Must have a valid Washington Driver's license. Travel required: approximately 10%, may be required for overnight travel for meetings and events. Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Self-motivated team player, with demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Diplomacy and understanding of political sensitivities. Tactful approach in handling confidential and sensitive information and a high sense of responsibility and discretion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of health care and social practices in Indigenous communities.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in providing direct services to Indigenous families.

 

Preferred:

  • AA Degree preferred – or 3 years relevant job experience in lieu of education.
  • License in Tobacco Cessation.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with the Indian Health Service (CHSDA) and government sponsored health care grants/initiatives for Indigenous communities.
  • Experience in advocacy, outreach, coordination and collaboration with Indigenous communities and health care settings.
  • Established Indigenous/tribal community relationships.
  • Familiarity with approaches to medical research involving Indigenous/tribal communities.
  • Previous experience in tobacco education or cessation services.

SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.

Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at hrops@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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