Public Health Medical Social Worker
- $49,117 - $62,455/ Year
- Full Benefits Package
- Works closely with medical providers, care managers and social services agencies to provide short-term care coordination and connection to resources.
- Plans, implements and evaluates individual client care management plans.
- Acts as a Public Health Social Worker and a conduit for clients to various health and social programs, including health insurance plans, health care services, and other community benefit programs.
- Assists clients in accessing health related services, such as obtaining a medical home, securing health insurance coverage and overcoming other barriers to obtaining needed medical care and/or social services.
- Facilitates client connection to community resources, including locating housing, food, clothing, prenatal classes, parenting and relevant mental health services.
- Schedules appointments with social services agencies and assists with completion of applications for programs for which they may be eligible.
- Communicates the purpose of various programs and services and the impact it may have on their wellbeing.
- Provides support and advocacy during phone calls and/or visits to reduce cultural and socio-economic barriers between clients and institutions and assure clients' needs are being appropriately conveyed and met.
- Initiates, reviews and modifies client care plans as appropriate.
- Documents client encounters and contacts made on their behalf.
- Maintains comprehensive client files.
- Completes and submits monthly reports.
- This description is intended to illustrate the type and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. It may not be a comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree in social work and a minimum of one year of experience working with individuals or families in a community-based organizational setting; OR
- Bachelor’s degree in social work and a minimum of three years of experience working with individuals or families in a community-based organizational setting.
- Must complete State of Michigan MI Bridges Community Referral Partner Training within six months of hire.
- Must possess a valid vehicle operator’s license and have reliable access to a vehicle.
- In times of a public health emergency, may be required to report for specialized assigned duties inside or outside of Berrien County.
Required Skills and Knowledge:
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact professionally and empathetically with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress.
- Dedicated to continuously expanding knowledge and understanding of community resources and services, as well as the barriers that clients may face when seeking services.
- Ability to effectively communicate with health care professionals and care coordinators.
- Exceptional project management/coordination skills.
- Able to work collaboratively and effectively within a team.
- Prior experience working in a medical setting and within the State of Michigan MI Bridges Benefit Enrollment program, including the Healthy Michigan Plan.
- Understanding of structural influences on health including the intersections of race and health, education and health, and income and health.
- Working knowledge of multi-system outreach programs related to health care delivery and health-related services.
- Bilingual speaking skills, particularly Spanish.