Community Health Worker Full Time

El Cajon, CA, USA ● La Mesa, CA, USA Req #1524
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Borrego Health provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary health care to the people in our communities, regardless of their ability to pay. We serve these communities and adjoining regions with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services. Borrego Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed (FTCA) facility.

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Location: Centro Medico El Cajon


Participate as an active dedicated member in the Behavioral Health Integration and Complex Care Initiative (BHICCI) focusing on populations with complex needs. Assist in integration of whole-person care and patient navigation throughout the healthcare system. Be proactive in the integration of Behavioral Health services into the Primary Care setting. Responsible for navigating the essential components of Health Services in the patient’s home and community for the patient as needed. Is responsible to be a liaison between the Patient, Primary Care/Specialty Providers, Behavioral Health Providers and community resources. Is responsible for updates in scheduling follow-up appointments and assisting patients in navigating care between Behavioral Health, Primary Care and Specialty appointments. Responsible for integrating clinical and community-based settings to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being while encouraging appropriate utilization of outpatient and inpatient services. Upholds the importance of providing culturally appropriate interventions (religion, poverty, relationship status, education language, etc., crucial components to consider) and deliver these in a sensitive manner that upholds person’s dignity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Clinical Functions:

1. Understands and assists as needed with maintaining current information in the EHS, Reporting Registry and i2i referral tracking systems. 

2. Follows all program protocols, maintains personal and patient safety, and documents in an accurate and timely manner.

3. Ensures appropriate releases of information are obtained to facilitate record sharing between providers and facilities.

4. Establishes a trusting and open relationship with complex patients empaneled to the BHICCI program.  Primarily interacts with patients in the community and their homes.

5. Conducts a baseline needs assessment and works with the patient and medical home team to create a comprehensive care plan.

6. Motivates and activates the patient to set and achieve personal goals.  Communicates those goals and progress on those goals to referring providers.  Adjusts care plan and goals as necessary to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

7. Provides health education and counseling around disease management, medication adherence, mental health, addiction, and self-care.  Supports the patient’s understanding of diagnostic and therapeutic plans.

8. Performs medication reviews in the patient homes and informs the clinical team of medication dosing/timing discrepancies.  Encourages medication adherence and facilitates communication with the care team around medication concerns.

9. Enhances patient’s health literacy and ability to self-manage and cope with physical disease, addiction, or mental illness.

10. Assists patient with navigating the medical, social service, and behavioral health systems.  Facilitates timely referrals to quality service providers and accompanies patients to those appointments as necessary.

11. Assists Medical Case Workers, social workers, and community-based social service personnel in addressing “social determinants of health” for patients.  Such activities include assisting the patient in obtaining housing, financial assistance, legal support, and social support.

12. Accompanies the patient to critical medical and social service appointments and ensures that the patient’s needs and context are fully understood by service providers.  Ensures that the patient understands the treatment or service recommendations and assists the patient in following through on those recommendations.

13. Assists the patient around “transitions of care” as patient transfers from one care setting to another.  Conducts home visits within 72 hours of emergency room visits or hospitalizations to assess patient status and ensure appropriate follow up with clinicians.

14. Advocates for patient within clinic and community-based settings to help patient achieve health and life goals 

15. Helps team to build organizational relationships with community based organizations. 

16. Develops relationships with health care team members, resources providers, and patient’s families. 

17. Participates in the systematic population/caseload review, and works with other members of the Care Management Team to facilitate health care, promote patient health and comfort, and support patients while they learn to self-navigate.

18. Provides quality care to patients of Borrego Health, within the scope of practice outlined by state or federal law. 

19. Delivers care in accordance with established standard of care and accepted community standards. 

20. Understands the organizations commitment to provide high quality integrated patient care. 

21. Promotes a patient centered environment. 

22. Actively participates in all mandatory program trainings as well as regularly scheduled department meetings. 

23. Other Duties as Assigned 

Administrative Functions:

Scheduling duties include:

1. Coordinates length and frequency of patient sessions. 

2. Contact patient for appointment scheduling. 

3. Confirm appointment in advance with patient. 

4. Monitor patient compliance and report to patient care team. 

5. Attempt to reschedule ‘Cancellations’. 

6. Schedule follow-up appointments according to Care Team, Provider and Patients’ agreement

Medical Records Maintenance duties include : 

1. Maintain a medical record for each BHICCI patient. 

2. Records shall be complete, orderly, up to date, and correctly filed

3. Track BHICCI patient population data in the medical record and assists in duplication of the data in the registry. 

4. Obtain appropriate confidentiality release from patient when warranted. 

5. Obtain records of previous mental/behavioral health treatment as requested by providers. 

6. Verify signatures and dates on all forms in the medical record. 

3. Other Duties as Assigned 


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Education: Minimum high school education. Preferred College Units or Degree in Psychology, Sociology or related field.

2. Certified Medical Assistant Preferred.

3. Experience in working with medically and social complex individuals is preferred.  

4. Experience: Previous experience in the medical field and /or, in the Behavioral Health /Mental Health field is preferred.

5. Preferred: An understanding of Behavioral Health as associated with Chronic Medical Diseases.

6. Preferred: An understanding of the Biological and Physiological nature of Mental Illness Diseases.

7. An understanding of, or ability to learn,  Insurance and basic Medical  terminology

8. All staff that is presently working within a clinic is required to have a Current and Valid CPR and First Aide certification on file with the Human Resources Department. This is for clinical and administrative staff. This new license requirement is mandatory for continued employment, CPR and First Aide certification must be obtained through the American Heart Association. Internet certificates do not comply and for this reason are not valid.

Additional Information

You may also mail or fax your application and resume to the following address and telephone number:

Borrego Health
PO Box 2369
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Fax: 858-634-6903
Borrego Community Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or any other protected class, political affiliation or belief.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • El Cajon, CA, USA
  • La Mesa, CA, USA