A Safe Day in the Life of a Community Health Worker

2/18/2013 12:00 AM

This video by the New York State Department of Health follows Tom, a new community health worker. Tom gets safety tips from his supervisor before going out on two visits. Visit one is to a family for a contact investigation follow-up. Tom encounters a dog, hostile husband and possible spousal abuse situation. Visit two is a DOT field visit to a high rise apt in a rough neighborhood. Issues such as pre-planning your field visits, maps and alternate routes, understanding public transportation, use of cell phone and phone cards, dealing with dogs, checking out neighborhood, vehicle maintenance, appropriate dress, avoiding confrontations, documenting trouble spots, signing out, carrying proper ID and paperwork are all discussed.