Mutual Assistance Network (MAN) is a community development corporation dedicated to the enhancing the social and economic infrastructure of Northern Sacramento. MAN is hiring three fulltime Family Health Advocate (FHA) for the Black Infant Health (BIH) program. Black Infant Health is a specialized program that helps address and improve maternal and women's health. It is a participant centered, strength based group intervention with complementary case management that embraces the life course perspective and promotes skill building , stress reduction and life goal setting.
Hallmarks of the BIH program:
1. Improve African-American infant and maternal health.
2. Increase the ability of African-American women to manage chronic stress.
3. Decrease Black-White health disparities and social inequities for women and infants.
4. Engage the community to support African-American families' health and well-being with education and outreach efforts.
Family Health Advocate
Position Summary: The FHA shall serve as the family's primary contact with BIH program. The Family Health Advocate is responsible for developing a quality, trusted relationship with the participants and their families to build upon strengths and to provide advocacy and support as needed. Position is full-time, hourly and non-exempt.
The Family Health Advocate reports to the Program Manager.
• Attend weekly supervision with the Program Manager.
• Participate as a member of the Black Child Legacy Multi-Disciplinary Resource Team (MDT) of service providers.
• Consult with MDT members regarding issues the family may experience that need additional assessments,
referrals, or services.
• Facilitate and document ongoing progress of the action plan.
• Attend required trainings provided by the County of Sacramento and its Contractors.
• Attend other trainings as suggested by Program Manager.
• Complete all documentation as required by BIH Policies & Procedures in the timeframe required.
• Maintain confidentiality/privacy of family information in case file documentation.
• Maintain a safe, clean, resourceful, and enriching environment for families and staff. Assist with and participate in the Family Resource Center (FRC) as needed.
• Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
• Knowledgeable about local community resources.
• Ability to serve as a catalyst for change by modeling and mentoring behavioral change, which can break down bias, prejudice, and other institutional barriers that exist.
• Baseline understanding of African American maternal and infant health disparities, especially related to historical and systemic issues on both a national and local level
• Act as a communication and trust bridge between the family and systems.
• Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services.
• Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families, with the ability to be culturally sensitive
• Demonstrate good writing and organizational skills
• Skill to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
• Knowledge of child abuse issues, substance abuse and family dynamics
• Knowledge of child development and behavior.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.
• Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
• Experience in social services in community settings with families preferred.
• Able to deal with stressful situations.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
• Clearance of fingerprint background check.
• Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field
• Must possess a valid California Driver's license, reliable transportation and auto insurance.
• Able to travel between sites and to offsite events.
Del Paso Heights, Arden Arcade and North Sacramento residents are encouraged to apply
Our Work When the Mutual Assistance Network (MAN) was developed as a concept in 1991, Del Paso Heights was a struggling community. A person driving through the neighborhood was greeted by drug dealers on almost every corner, boarded up houses on every block, piles of garbage on the street, violence throughout the neighborhood, and an overwhelming feeling of injustice from the residents.
To engage the residents, the majority of MAN’s daily activities focused on meeting the imminent needs of the community. Activities included case management, home visitation, crisis intervention and assisting residents to acquire resources to address daily functioning such as food, housing, clothing and medical assistance. Heavily influence by the social service model, these activities often solely addressed an individual’s or family’s short term needs.
Realizing that the problems plaguing families were not going away, MAN adjusted its work to improve the community and address root causes of family problems. By studying the elements that exist in strong communities around the Sacramento region, MAN in partnership with the residents began introducing those elements within Del Paso Heights. To start, MAN introduced social elements that bring individuals of all economic backgrounds together (exercise & fitness classes, youth sports leagues, year-round family events, Farmers Market and Produce Market, and more). Next, opportunities for social involvement were developed and the ability to take on leadership roles. While there is still a need for many of the services that focus on immediate needs, by pairing them with opportunities for social cohesion the residents have begun to create different expectations for their daily lives and their children’s futures.
Today, thanks to the work of the Mutual Assistance Network and the partnerships that have been established, Del Paso Heights has a very different look and feel to it. There are no drug dealers walking the streets, the houses are painted and yards well kept, youth talk about attending college and starting bank accounts and the neighborhood looks cleaner. Simply stated, Del Paso Heights is beginning to take on some of the characteristics of a healthy and safe neighborhood.
A struggling neighborhood in many ways, Del Paso Heights has begun to see strong improvements in the areas of crime (a 52% decrease in the last six years), student graduation rates (a 12% decrease in drop out rates) and median income level (over $9,000 increase in the last eight years). Additionally the Mutual Assistance Network has introduced new activities over the last few years that are improving health, including a youth sports league, produce market, parenting classes, nutritional information and improved after-school activities.