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The Community Wellness Advocate (CWA)/Community Health Worker is a key member of the Teen and Tot program who helps promote and maintain stable health and wellness for families, through integrating and connecting hospital, home-based, and community-based services.
The position will be joint Community Wellness Advocate (CWA) and family partner and be 100% in the Teen and Tot clinic in the adolescent clinic which is responsible for providing advocacy and case management service to pregnant and parenting adolescents; developing and tracking an interdisciplinary care plan based on identified patient needs; partnering with families to establish and enact health goals; facilitating access to and coordination among social service resources and other internal and external resources; monitoring the families’ progress; and problem-solving with patients to both accelerate and enhance access to concrete supports.
This position is grant funded by the Boston Public Health Commission’s Healthy Start Initiative (BHSI) , with funding guaranteed for 5 year-( we are now starting year 3 of 5)- a federally funded program designed to improve health outcomes before, during and after pregnancy and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes on Boston. The goals of BHSI align with the mission of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to eliminate health inequities among Boston residents. We plan on achieving these aims through the following approaches: Improve women’s and child health, family health and wellness, promote system change and ensure impact and effectiveness.
CWAs provide clinic-based, in-home or community-based one-on-one, family, and/or interdisciplinary group support and collaborate with all members of the care team to conduct needs assessments to identify and respond to barriers to the families’ health and wellness. As a member of an innovation team tasked with testing new and novel care delivery approaches, the specific activities of the CWA may evolve over times as the Teen and Tot needs evolves.
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