Community Health Worker I - COVID-19 Research Project - Part-Time

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Community Health Worker I - COVID-19 Research Project - Part-Time

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Clinical Professionals

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 230001L0

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

We are looking for a Part-Time/ Casual Community Health Worker to join the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research as part of the UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston, TX, 77030. In this position, you will partner with Harris County and provide COVID-19 testing education and referrals.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, Program Manager and Community Health Worker (CHW) Supervisor, the CHW I will effectively provide community members with resources about COVID-19 testing in accordance with research study protocol. The CHW will work directly in designated priority area communities in the greater Houston area and throughout Harris County. This is a part-time, casual position funded by a National Institutes for Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations grant.

A valid Texas driver’s license and working vehicle are required for this position. Candidate must be bilingual (Spanish speaking).

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Establishes and maintains rapport with investigators, research staff and community members.

  • Implements research study protocol as designed including recruiting community members for participation, consenting participants, providing education and/or resources, scheduling follow-up visits, and thoroughly documenting all interactions using study-specific data collection tools.

  • Helps community members identify COVID-19 resources in their area and assist with linkages to testing opportunities.

  • Thoroughly documents community member encounter activities and follow-up functions of resource distribution and referrals to address community member needs.

  • Effectively utilizes assigned equipment and technology. Employs computer skills to maintain online data tracking forms and surveys, including RedCap.

  • Maintains a comprehensive understanding of community needs, resources, services and programs available to advocate for community member needs and requests.

  • Continuously expands knowledge for professional growth and development to meet requirements to maintain State certification and skills competency that supports project goals.

  • Contacts study participants to schedule and/or reschedule research study visits in accordance with the study timeline.

  • Maintains confidentiality per HIPAA guidelines in regard to patient information. Adheres to all policies, procedures and standards within the organization.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – Certified CHW

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

  • Must have ability to perform complex and diverse administrative duties that involve application of procedures and demonstrate appropriate judgment within the CHW scope of work.


  • Team work skills particularly important to this job include communication and interpersonal skills that foster effective coordination and support of other CHWs.

  • Skilled with technology, computers, and online data tracking forms and surveys.

Minimum Education:

  • High school diploma or GED.

Minimum Experience:

  • One (1) year of relevant work experience in health, social worker or education. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements: Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects. Security Sensitive: This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215 Residency Requirement: Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.