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Community Health Navigator

Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging

The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville is looking for social work students or persons with a background in healthcare or social work (either BSW or MSSW) to fulfill the role of Community Health Navigator on a three-year federal grant project. The grant addresses the following needs in 6 rural counties of KY: 1) the shortage of the geriatric and primary care health workforce; 2) the need to train a health care workforce that can deliver culturally appropriate services to the growing Hispanic population; 3) the difficulties experienced in decreasing the chronic disease burden in rural KY; 4) the lack of supportive rural environments to promote health, specifically for the older rural populations; and 5) the need for ADRD Supportive Education and Resources.

This unique opportunity provides an experience to learn about healthcare navigation as it is unfolding in the 21st century and is inviting social work students with an interest in gerontology and population health to apply. Must be a self-starter and able to work independently with little supervision.

CHN's will be part of an interdisciplinary professional team that will connect primary care sites and their older adult patients with resources and supports in the community. Tasks include:

 

  •  Receive training with an interdisciplinary curriculum to ensure the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes of interdisciplinary geriatric care.
  • Screen older adults referred either by the primary care site, Area Agency on Aging (KIPDA or BRADD), or the community for participation in Health Care Navigation.
  • Assess the environment within which the older adult patient functions and determine risk factors and the psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs of the older adult, caregiver and family.
  • With the Community Organizer, formulate specific community interventions addressing the risk factors and the psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs of the older adult, caregiver, and family.
  • Construct an interdisciplinary community plan of care in collaboration with the primary care site.
  • Be the conduit between the primary care site and the community around the care of the older adult to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

To apply contact:

Molly Dobson, Program Manager, Finance   molly.dobson@louisville.edu

Margaret Feldman, Administrative Assistant   mfeldman@louisville.edu

Sam Cotton, GWEP Program Manager, ADRD Director    sam.cotton@louisville.edu