Oral Health Educator

Oral Health Educator

Summary: The Oral Health Educator will implement outreach activities to increase access to dental services, provide oral health education to targeted populations, and provide case management services to dental patients to encourage treatment plan completion. The Oral Health Educator will also train and coordinate activities of the Oral Health Promoters in delivering oral health education in the community. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learns oral health outreach curriculum and trains Oral Health Workers to be able to perform targeted outreach activities.
  • Provides oral health education to existing and new patients.
  • Manages patient care follow-up through phone calls and other outreach efforts to promote treatment plan completion and other outcomes; Assists with reporting requirements as needed..
  • Reaches out to the local community (e.g. WIC/Women Infants & Children offices, Headstart/Early Headstart programs, health fairs, etc.) to arrange and deliver oral health education to at-risk populations.
  • Participates in fairs, creates and disseminates fliers and newsletters, answers questions and administrates social media efforts regarding oral health care and explains the scope of service provided by the program.
  • Promotes dental services at community events/outreach activities to increase utilization of dental program.
  • Provides oral health education with cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • Trains, collaborates with and coordinates the scheduling and other activities of Oral Health Workers.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum of one year of community health experience or related social service experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to work in the community with target population.
  • Other Skills and Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Language Skills: Bi-lingual in English and Spanish may be required.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.
  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, climb and/or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise in the work environment is moderate.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987

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