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Requisition ID:  15565

Community Health Worker

Job Summary

The role of the Community Health Worker (CHW) is to support the community engagement aspects of faculty research projects by working closely with the faculty supervisor (Dr. Jasmine Gonzalvo) and community partner Eskenazi Health Pedigo Health Center in Indianapolis. The CHW will be trained to conduct community-based research and will contribute to study participant recruitment, informed consent, data collection, and dissemination of findings and resulting interventions. The CHW will also provide health education and resource navigation services to community members as a trusted and collaborative source of information for their clients. Additional duties will inlcude but are not limited to:


  • Build trusting relationships with clients served by Eskenazi Health Pedigo Health Center in Indianapolis, IN
  • Facilitation of cultural brokering
  • Navigate community members to available resources for health and other social services
  • Train with partner organizations on any relevant application/registration procedures for resources in order to educate and navigate clients effectively
  • Help create a community culture of health
  • Health promotion education to prevent chronic illness on behalf of the healthcare team
  • Empower individuals to increase health knowledge and healthy behaviors
  • Be a strong research partner in support of the Purdue-Eskenazi community-academic partnership
  • Maintain open and transparent communication between all partners


  • High School diploma or GED
  • 2 years of experience as a community health worker, community builder or volunteer
  • CHW certification or complete CHW training and achieve certification within first six (6) weeks of hire
  • Is a resident of Marion County and/or has extensive knowledge of community members, the neighborhood served, and available community resources
  • Strong desire to influence change in their community
  • Must be a good listener, with demonstrated empathy, a strong commitment to cultural humility and an innate ability to build relationships with clients and stakeholders of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong ability to communicate in English with clients, stakeholders, medical, and social-support professionals in both written and verbal form
  • Ability to use technology and software applications, i.e. Microsoft Office, to track and record data and to submit reports
  • Is flexible, adaptable, and has availability to attend some evening and weekend events
  • Must have the ability to stand, sit, or walk for extended periods of time


Additional Information:

  • Full-time position for a minimum of 1-year. Yearly contract renewals possible upon annual reviews.
  • This position is located in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non- exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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