Assists individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conducts outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Family and Community Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
- Advises clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
- Identifies or contacts members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.
- Distributes flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
- Contacts clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
- Refers community members to needed health services.
- Attends community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members.
- Performs basic diagnostic procedures, such as blood pressure screening, breast cancer screening, or communicable disease screening.
- Advises clients or community groups on issues related to diagnostic screenings, such as breast cancer screening, pap smears, glaucoma tests, or diabetes screenings.
- Advises clients or community groups on issues related to risk or prevention of conditions, such as lead poisoning, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), prenatal substance abuse, or domestic violence.