Job ID: 227569912

Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
Less than 1 year
Job Description

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an eight-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of '2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay' by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

Position Title: Community Dental Health Worker

Summary: The Community Dental Health Worker (CDHW) achieves a set of dental health competencies and serves as a linguistically and culturally competent member of the dental team. Their duties include: assist with Caries Risk Assessment completion, apply topical fluoride, use motivational interviewing to identify behavior change plans, provide patient and parent health education, instruct on use of mobile dental applications, ensure dental case management, track completion of treatment and behavior plans, refer for specialty care, inform parents of their dental insurance benefits, and provide resources for social and other services.

Areas of Responsibility:

Conduct cultural mediation among individuals and health and social service systems:

  • Educate caregivers about how to use health and social service systems
  • Educate oral health care providers about community perspective and cultural norms
  • Build health literacy and cross-cultural communication

Provide culturally appropriate health education and information to caregivers of Medi-Cal enrolled children age 6 and under:

  • Conduct health promotion and disease prevention education in a manner that matches linguistic and cultural needs of participants/community
  • Provide necessary information to understand and prevent and manage dental disease
  • Educate parents/caregivers about the phone app and its functions

Support care coordination, case management, and system navigation:

  • Participate in comprehensive dental care management as members of the dental clinic team
  • Support referrals made by dental and medical providers
  • Facilitate transportation to specialty dental services and help address barriers to receiving care
  • Document and track individual and clinic level data
  • Inform people and systems about community assets and challenges

Provide coaching and social supports:

  • Provide individual support and coaching
  • Motivate and encourage parents/caregivers to obtain care and other services
  • Support self-management of dental disease prevention and management
  • Plan and/or lead support groups

Advocate for individuals and caregivers:

  • Advocate for the needs and perspectives of communities
  • Connect to resources and advocating for basic needs

Build individual and community capacity to provide culturally appropriate oral health care:

  • Build individual capacity of parents/caregivers to support dental health
  • Build community capacity to use the phone app and navigate the dental health systems
  • Train and build individual capacity with CDHW peers in the project

Community Assistance:

  • Recruit patients/caregivers to the Cavity Free Sonoma program
  • Follow up on dental health and social service encounters
  • Conduct home visits to provide education, assessment and social support
  • Present at local agencies and community events

Participate in evaluation efforts:

  • Collect and report data related to the project
  • Engage in monthly evaluation meetings for the program
  • Identify priority issues and evaluation questions
  • Share evaluation results and findings



Experience and Skills:

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.

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • High School diploma, GED, or higher  required
  • Vocational training provided by Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) preferred: Dental Health Promotion (Community Health Worker Certificate track) preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Strong customer service ethic
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Sensitive to the needs and situations of multi-cultural populations from a variety of income levels
  • Ability to perform detailed work according to established formats and protocols
  • Aptitude for collecting, analyzing and presenting data
  • Resourceful, problem solving attitude, willing to be accountable
  • Effective organizational skills; meets timetables
  • Successful working in a fast paced situation

Language Skills: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions and requests from patients, co-workers, and others as necessary. Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal required.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

Computer Skills: High level of computer literacy and proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), electronic dental records and web applications.

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.

  • Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
  • Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
  • Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
  • Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time (minimum periods of one (1) hour at a time)
  • Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
  • Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to thirty-five (35) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations

Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.


Petaluma Health Center

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an eight-time award...

Show More


View all 3 jobs
Similar Jobs

Registered Dental Assistant
Petaluma, CA Direct Apply

Registered Dental Assistant or Dental Assistant
Petaluma, CA Direct Apply

Pediatric Dentist - Per Diem
Rohnert Park, CA

Registered Dental Hygienist
San Francisco, CA

Dental Assistant
Oakland, CA