Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Organization: DotHouse Health
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Eligible Citizenship: All Non-US Citizens
Application Code: US08-Int
Job Function: Communications, Direct Service, Program / Project Management
Issue Area: Health Systems Strengthening / Healthcare Access


DotHouse Health (originally Dorchester House Multi-Service Center) was founded over 120 years ago as a settlement house serving newcomers to America and helping to connect them to important resources. In the 1970s, through the advocacy of local residents, Dorchester House became a community health center.
Today DotHouse Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) offering comprehensive medical and behavioral health care, social services, wellness opportunities, and youth development programming. We now care for more than 20,000 people and provide over 105,000 clinical visits a year in a modern facility.
Located in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, our diverse patient population represents a variety of cultures including Vietnamese, Latino, African American, and Cape Verdean. Every day our staff demonstrates commitment, empathy, and cultural competence as we work to improve health outcomes in Dorchester. While we have evolved since our settlement house beginnings, we remain true to our original mission of offering care and services to promote the health and well-being of the whole person, family, and community.

Position Overview

Under the supervision of the nutritionist, the Wellness Coordinator will work closely with the clinical team (nutritionist, providers, and nurse) and the Wellness Committee to coordinate group visits and wellness programming and events that help our patients and staff make healthy changes in their lives. Health and wellness programming build on DotHouse’s capacity to serve patients in need of more intervention and support. The goal of the position is to ensure integration of health programming at DotHouse in addition to our comprehensive primary care services. Key clinical focus areas include nutrition, disease prevention, weight management, and chronic disease management for young patients, families, and adults with multiple conditions. Using national guidelines and evidence-based practices, the coordinator will help implement interventions tailored to different groups within a diverse patient population.


  • Assist the nutritionist in developing health programming curricula and activities
  • Lead outreach efforts to recruit patients for programs and group visits, including designing flyers and relevant materials, presenting to providers, attending clinic sessions to meet interested patients, and reaching out to referred patients (i.e. phone calls, mailings)
  • Serve as contact person for participants of group visits, including calls before each session to remind patients and to check in on goals and action plans from previous sessions
  • Help with vitals collection (blood pressure, BMI, etc.), lead activities, and education sessions
  • Design promotional materials, educational brochures, and clinic newsletters
  • Collect and maintain spreadsheets tracking pertinent programming data such as clinical measures, participation, and feedback
  • Engage past participants through outreach, further programming, follow-up appointments, and reunion groups
  • Manage the internal Wellness mailing list and key partnership contacts
  • Assist with monthly Wellness newsletter
  • Organize events for staff and patients including fitness challenges, health fairs, etc.

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Commitment to the mission of providing high-quality primary care in underserved communities*
  • Experience or interest in health and wellness, promotion, and programming*
  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences (providers, support staff, patients)*
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn in a dynamic community health setting*
  • Critical thinking skills*
  • Ability to work independently and in teams*
  • Experience leading or facilitating groups and activities*
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher*
  • Knowledge of Electronic Health Systems
  • Training in or experience with yoga, meditation, or other forms of relaxation techniques
  • Fluency in Vietnamese, Spanish, or Cape Verdean Creole

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:
  • A pre-tax living stipend of $1100/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats
Living and Working in the US: Fellows are provided with basic housing and a utilities stipend during the fellowship year. GHC coordinates housing for fellows placed in the United States in shared apartments or houses that meet GHC's safety standards. Housing arrangements are assigned prior to departure from Training Institute. Fellows at DotHouse Health will be housed in Boston, an urban city in the northeastern United States.
To apply to this position click here: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply-to-be-a-fellow/application/

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