Promotes the importance of oral health at local schools and community events to strengthen the connection to services for area children and their families. Provides ongoing education to increase awareness and build good oral health practices.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Oral Health Promotion Duties:
Develops partnerships with schools and community agencies to promote good dental hygiene.
Travels to schools in the surrounding communities to give oral health presentations to school age children.
Educates school age children to prevent dental and oral disease by demonstrating basic dental techniques and procedures and conducting hands-on activities.
Works in collaboration with the school teachers to provide information and resources for school age children.
Works to increase oral health competency among children and their families. Customizes messages to motivate students and families to engage in dental services, return for preventative care, and practice proficient home care.
Builds relationships with community members to ensure they are connected with local resources. Serves as a liaison within the community and attends community meetings, health fairs, and other events as assigned.
Program Support Duties:
Provides program support by assisting with tasks necessary to promote integration of medical and dental services.
Maintains a detailed database of all outreach activities including contact information, number of participants, outcomes, materials distributed, etc.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or GED equivalent; and one (1) year of experience in community outreach activities; community health education training or experience required. Dental health training or experience preferred; prior experience working as a Dental Assistant preferred.
Self-directed and organized. Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Intermediate proficiency skills in the use of Microsoft Windows, Outlook and Word.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
Must maintain a safe driving record and have current valid Illinois Driver’s License. Personal vehicle needed for transportation to/from community events and sites, local schools, and other Pillars Community Health sites. Mileage for authorized work-related purposes is reimbursable.
About Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, one of only a few nonprofits in the state of Illinois to integrate primary medical and dental care with behavioral health, social, and educational services. The organization is the result of a merger between Pillars and Community Nurse Health Center on January 1, 2018. To learn more about our merged agency, visit www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org
Pillars Community Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other legally protected status.