Hiring: A Community Health Worker

Posted on October 23, 2018

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Our Immigrant Health ACCESS team is seeking a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Dental Community Health Worker.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) will work closely with the Guilford Adult Dental Access team to ensure language access and service coordination for Spanish-speaking patients. The CHW will be co-located in the Guilford Adult Dental clinic. Duties will include interpreting for dental patients and providers, making appointment scheduling and reminder calls, and referring clients to the Immigrant Health ACCESS Project for assistance with Orange Card enrollment and/or other health-related needs. Ideally, the CHW will be a person who is part of or closely tied to the community reached by this project (e.g., a person who is an immigrant or refugee, or who identifies as Latino/a).


The CHW will work on a contractual basis and will provide 10 hours of service per week. No fringe benefits are associated with this contract work position. CNNC will provide one interpreter training to the Dental CHW as part of compensation and professional development.

The Dental CHW will function as part of the larger team of health professionals including dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, and administrative staff. The CHW will act as a cultural broker and liaison. The CHW will abide by interpreter ethics in the interpreting role, and maintain an appropriate scope of practice in administrative or advocacy roles (e.g., referring patient requests for medical or dental advice to a trained health professional). The CHW will use culturally appropriate skills of engagement including active listening, open communication, and linkage to services if appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Fluency in English and Spanish.
  • A combination of some secondary education and relevant experience is necessary.
  • Experience interpreting in health or social service settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is highly desired.
  • Formal interpreter training (at minimum, Foundations of Professional Interpreting or
    equivalent), as well as a willingness to engage in further training on interpreter skills.
  • Experience working with the public is highly desired, particularly engagement with the
    public relative to health concerns.
  • Knowledge of basic oral health concepts and dental terminology is preferred, along with
    a willingness to engage in further training on these topics.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Kelsey White at [email protected].

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