NHC: Community Health Fellowship Member (Health & Wellness Navigator)

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** Note: All interested applicants must apply via the National Health Corps website (https://www.nationalhealthcorps.org/apply/chf) in order to be considered this position**

National Health Corps: Community Health Fellowship Greater Philadelphia is now recruiting members for their upcoming cohort!

The Community Health Fellowship program recruits, trains, and places 40 individuals in resource-limited organizations in their communities across the country.  All NHC Community Health Fellowship, Greater Philadelphia members must be residents of host site communities. Most members complete 1,700 hours of service during a 42-46 week service term.  These NHC: CHF members help build healthy communities by providing essential health education and services to individuals in communities plagued by histories of racial and economic inequities, while developing tomorrow’s compassionate health leaders.  NHC welcomes people with all different interests and future goals!  The most important quality in an NHC member is a readiness to bring the best they have to offer - their creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and readiness to learn - to serving their communities. 

All NHC: CHF Greater Philadelphia members must live, work, or go to school in the Greater Philadelphia communities of Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, or Camden County (NJ).

Learn more about this program or apply now on the National Health Corps website to start serving in our open member positions!

Program Name:               National Health Corps: Community Health Fellowship Greater Philadelphia
Member Position:           Health & Wellness Navigator
Host Site:                           Esperanza Health Center, 4417 N 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Position Summary: Esperanza Health Center (EHC) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with three clinic sites across North Philadelphia, including Hunting Park (19140), Fairhill (19133), and Kensington (19134). In addition to offering holistic, integrated patient care at each of these sites, our Community Health and Wellness (CHW) team seeks to provide health education, programming, and wellness initiatives for patients and community members. With a focus on addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) and building protective factors for community residents and families, the CHW team serves as a bridge between the clinic and the community. To greatly expand EHC’s efforts around preventive health and wellness, EHC has opened The CORE, a four-story community wellness center with community classrooms, a gymnasium, fitness space, and event space, just one block behind our clinic site in Kensington.

The CORE is the first EHC facility that will be focused on health and wellness initiatives that would supplement the clinical care provided at our health centers. With our Kensington health center site just one block away, we see an innovative opportunity to link clinical care with wellness offerings to best care for our patients.

Esperanza Health Center (EHC)’s NHC Member will serve as a Health and Wellness Navigator, linking patients to resources, support and opportunities within EHC to help them affect lifestyle changes. This navigator will help to create a bridge between the diet and exercise guidance patients receive in the clinic, with the tools to practice that advice both individually and with others. They will also function as a peer support member of the Community Health and Wellness team who is able to walk alongside the patient to achieve their goals. Lastly, they will assess barriers experienced by patients struggling with chronic disease to identify areas for assistance, provide recommendations to EHC staff, and reduce health disparities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing brief health education to patients
  • Recruiting clients to participate in health classes
  • Conducting phone outreach as assigned by leadership
  • Assisting in care coordination and resource referrals
  • Tracking referrals and closing the referral loop
  • Following up on referrals from various members of the care team and connecting patients to health and wellness programming and opportunities within EHC and in the community.
  • Providing support and ongoing assistance with lifestyle change for patients needing it.
  • Assessing barriers to chronic disease management and addressing barriers as feasible.

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate

  • Ability to foster a spirit of humility, listening, and unity in dealing with patients, and with team members
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Organized; sound organizational skills
  • Demonstrated interest in Social work, health and wellness

Member Benefits:
Members are eligible for a number of benefits, including:

  • Living stipend ($15/hour or $25,500 for the year at Full time)
  • $6,895 education award
  • Monthly SEPTA (transit) pass
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Member Assistance Program
  • Loan forbearance
  • Public health trainings & certification
  • Partial childcare reimbursement

For more information, please contact:

NHC: CHF Greater Philadelphia

Program Director, Kiera Kenney

E-mail: kkenney@healthfederation.org
Phone: 215-567-8005

Position Type and Work Schedule:
This is a full-time, non-exempt position.  Members complete 1,700 service hours over a 42-46 week service term.

Work Environment:
Standard office setting, plus minimal scheduled travel for meetings, trainings, and service opportunities.

Physical Demands:
Able to sit and work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.  Able to lift and move up to 15 pounds.

Must be able to get around effectively within Philadelphia and surrounding counties, either on public transportation and/or in own vehicle. 


The Health Federation reserves the right to modify, interpret, or apply this job description in any way the Company desires. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee assigned to this position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, responsibilities and/or skills to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This job description is not an employment contract, implied, or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at will.” The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified disabled individuals.