Do you believe in the power of community?

Orchid Health is excited to announce a new Community Health Organizer role that will be tasked with facilitating relationship-building activities directed toward building trust, meaningful connection, and community health.

This role is part-time at 40-60 hours per month and offers a flexible schedule to accommodate interested candidates should you wish to take this on as a second job that you are passionate about.

This role is being opened up to help us operate in the following ways: deep listening and responding, truth-telling, strengths focus, self-organizing, and power-shifting.

About Us

Named Top 100 Companies to Work For 2021 and winner of the 2020 Rural Health Hero of The Year, Orchid Health is a certified Rural Health Company that believes team-based care is crucial in order to meet the needs of our communities.

Orchid Health was founded seven years ago with the belief that the most effective way to improve the health of our communities is through integrated primary and behavioral health care that takes the time to listen to and build trusting relationships with each patient. We are committed to our communities and each other and are proud of the positive feedback and reputation that we have built through innovation and compassionate care. We operate from the foundation of our four pillars which include, employee happiness, patient relationships, community health, and growth.

Summary of Position

As a community health organizer (CHO), you will help define, implement, and assess all health promotion and community engagement activities in the project area. These activities are aimed towards exploring the community’s health literacy, engaging and activating community support for health creating work, and supporting preventive activities with community collaboration, engagement, and activation. The CHO will have the opportunity to develop fresh strategies and will be responsible for weaving these strategies in with Orchid Health grant efforts.

The candidate will be charged with mobilizing the community (residents, local business owners, and employees of community-based organizations) toward advocating for sustained change through educational campaigns, coalition building, and direct action. The CHO supports the implementation of an advocacy agenda working with and increasing the capacity of resident leadership, organizational stakeholders, and other community allies. This will be achieved through outreach activities bridging the project and targeted population while respecting the culture and practices of different communities to optimize our information, education, and communication strategies. You will analyze local culture, traditions, and health perception to support social mapping while working with local community members.

Key Functions and Responsibilities:

● Provides oversight and management support to grassroots community health intervention programs as needed;

● Oversees the development of outreach and organizing plans that aligns with the organization’s policy goals related to promoting economic opportunity and health equity in the target area.

● Recruit and train new coalition allies, strengthen existing coalitions with key community partners, and mobilize community members to participate in organizing efforts.

● Identifies, initiates, and deepens relationships with patients, community members/organizations, and various internal and external stakeholders.

● Cultivates relationships with community organizations (i.e. schools, churches, human service providers, community medical providers, etc.) that result in new patient referrals

● Advocates for individual and community health needs.

● Maintains a directory of relevant community groups and external partners and stakeholders as well as a calendar of key community events;

● Engage in listening activities to help create social mapping and developing relationships.

● Schedules, implements and attends outreach events, community-based, public health and health promotion, and other engagement initiatives to support organizational priorities specifically in the project location.

● Represents Orchid Health at various community meetings.

● Creates and gives presentations to community organizations, grantors, community members, board members, and other collaborating partners.

● Educates prospective clients about services provided and the model of care.

● Identifies speakers to provide client education workshops.

● Ensures participation in appropriate marketing and outreach activities.

● Executes marketing and outreach activities.

● Assists in the planning, marketing, and support of special events.

● Distributes information both internally and externally to promote an understanding of the CHO activities to Orchid Health staff and community partners.

● Works closely with Patient Support Specialists and Community Health Worker to identify opportunities in the project area.

Skills

● Strong writing and organizational experience.

● Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word.

● Flexibility to take on a variety of tasks - writing, editing, tracking, project support, etc.

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills

● Knowledge of proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capabilities

● Forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions

● Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, familiarity with Google docs, and interest in and ability to learn new platforms

● Self-starter and ability to work independently.

● Ability to develop relationships to build a community.

● Comfortable engaging the wider community.

● Can engage in one-on-one dialogue or small group conversations are ways of discovering motivation and invite participation

Minimum Qualifications

● High School Diploma or its equivalent.

● Experience working in a community-based setting for at least 1 to 2 years preferred.

● Knowledge of medical terminology is preferred.

● Ability to initiate and maintain positive working relationships with staff and other organizations.

● Understand the community served via lived experience. Compensation:

● This is a grant-funded contracted position at 40-60 hrs/month with the opportunity to grow into a full-time position. Offering a $1,000 a month stipend.

At Orchid Health, we strive to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay, and do their best work. We believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other characteristics that make us different.

For more information about Orchid Health, visit our website at www.orchidhealth.org.

To apply, email your resume to jonnycantrell@orchidhealth.org.