Job Information

University of Utah Community Health Educator—Health Navigator in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 08/20/2021

Requisition Number PRN27401B

Job Title PS Health Educator

Working Title Community Health Educator—Health Navigator

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 01552 - HCI Yelena Wu Research Program

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Health navigators are trusted, knowledgeable frontline health personnel who typically come from the communities they serve. They bridge cultural and linguistic barriers, expand access to coverage and care, and improve health outcomes.

Our research team led by Dr. Yelena Wu at Huntsman Cancer Institute is hiring Health Navigators to work in local communities as part of a COVID -19 testing in K-12 schools research study. Health Navigators will work with parents and schools primarily in underserved communities by educating parents and children on COVID -19 testing and/or vaccination, connecting them to services at local health centers or at-home testing as appropriate, and following up on testing results.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


Health Navigator responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:

· Establishing trusting relationships with parents and families

· Providing education about COVID -19

· Helping individuals who are exposed to or infected with COVID -19 to access testing and vaccination resources

· Identifying barriers to testing and vaccination using the Social Determinant of Health ( SDOH ) screening tool

· Utilizing a structured protocol ( MAPS ) to work with parents and families to address barriers to testing and/or vaccination

· Documenting activities and outcomes in appropriate databases (e.g., test results)

· Attending team meetings to discuss progress, successes and challenges

· Participating in ongoing training to maintain fidelity to MAPS protocol and other research required training

· Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

There are two levels in the Health Educator position.

Health Educator I: Candidate must have a BS in health promotion or related field. Ability to demonstrate entry level competence in the 7 Areas of Responsibilities for Health Eduction or 10 Essential Functions of Public Health.

Health Educator II: Candidate must have a BS in health promotion or related field, and four or more years of health education experience. Must also possess and maintain certification as a CHES , MCHES , or CPH . Ability to demonstrate working-level professional knowledge in the 7 Areas of Responsibilities for Health Education or 10 Essential Functions of Public Health.

Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills required.

Training in a specific health area may be preferred.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.


· High school diploma or GED required, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred

· Written and oral fluency in English required, fluency in Spanish preferred

· Ability to work remotely and access to a reliable internet connection is strongly preferred (Note: a laptop and/or hotspot may be available for use if needed)

· Basic computer skills

· Familiarity with documenting activities and entering data

· Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and families

· Understanding of, and sensitivity to, targeted communities

· Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills required

· Ability and willingness to provide emotional support, encouragement and motivation to patients

· Ability to work independently and as part of a group

· Willingness to take initiative and be pro-active in daily work

· Experience working within community partnerships preferred

· Experience working as a Community Health Worker, or in a similar capacity, for at least one year is preferred

· Completion of applicable CITI and IRB trainings required within 1 month of hire

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.