Diversity in Health Training Institute Outreach Worker Oakland, CA · Full time

Diversity in Health Training Institute (DHTI) is hiring a Outreach Worker (1.0 FTE) for the Sidra Community Wellness project (Sidra), under the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care’s Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) for Underserved Ethnic and Language Populations (UELP) focused on Middle Eastern and Arab communities. Sidra is designed to provide culturally sensitive prevention and early intervention mental health services and increase access to mental health treatment for Middle Eastern and Arab communities in Alameda County. Sidra addresses community mental health needs such as the impact of trauma, isolation, suicide risk and risks associated with the early onset of Serious Mental Illness. The Sidra program delivers cultural wellness practices that are resonant with target communities, and that are strength based including Outreach/Engagement and Psycho-Education activities, Mental Health Consultation, Preventive Counseling, and Mental Health referrals.


DHTI is hiring an Outreach Worker to work with Middle Eastern communities in Alameda County. Community engagement includes cultivating relationships with community leaders and members, conducting home visits to reach isolated individuals and family members as needed, providing individual preventive and problem-solving meetings, and developing and disseminating health and wellness materials. Additionally, the Outreach Worker supports group activities, including wellness/support groups, workshops, and community events. 


Supervision and Support: 

The Outreach Worker will report directly to the Sidra Program Manager. The Outreach Worker will also work closely with Sidra’s other Outreach Workers, Mental Health Specialist, and Clinical Director. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Work with community members and groups to identify wellness priorities and needs, to develop strategies for addressing those needs, and to connect communities to relevant resources and opportunities.  
  2. Assist and/or facilitate Support Groups using cultural knowledge and practices.  
  3. Work to build support and visibility for Middle Eastern communities locally. 
  4. Work with team members to develop outreach materials and resources (e.g., newsletters, brochures, directories, newspapers, websites, etc.), stage outreach and engagement activities, and systems change campaigns with the community. 
  5. Widely distribute promotional and outreach materials in Alameda County. 
  6. Participate in planning and development of health and wellness programming, events, and/or campaigns in the community. 
  7. Conduct and/or coordinate relevant psycho-education and cultural-based educational workshops for community members, groups, partners and systems. 
  8. Conduct home visits (as needed) to reach isolated individuals and family members.  
  9. Provide mental health referrals to community members as needed. 
  10. Complete all documentation of the project required by DHTI and the project’s funder. 
  11. Assist Program Manager with gathering data for internal and external reports and maintenance of program and organizational files for proper documentation.  
  12. Assist Sidra team to timely submit Purchase Requests and travel mileage for proper reimbursement of expenses.  
  13. Prepare timely monthly MAA Billing and Insyst timesheet reports to the County.  
  14. Support agency-wide activities and other duties as assigned. 



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community health, and community capacity building. Experience in community organizing, advocacy, social justice, public health, or a related field; 
  • Familiarity with mental health, substance abuse and related issues, especially as these impact un- and underserved Middle Eastern communities; 
  • Well-versed in local city, county, and community human/social services systems and local community-based resources serving Middle Eastern communities; 
  • Must be able to work in and around Oakland, but also travel for work related responsibilities to other parts of Alameda County and counties where many Middle Eastern community events take place;    
  • Professional proficiency in English and Arabic languages. Familiarity with Middle Eastern language(s) and cultures. Strong bilingual communications skills. Bilingual and bicultural to serve Middle Eastern communities; 
  • Independent worker, initiative-taker, strong problem-solver under pressure; 
  • Empathy for, interest in and sensitivity to people from a multiplicity of backgrounds (ethnic, religious, social class, sexual orientation, etc.), with core awareness and sensitivity to the cultures and needs of Middle Eastern communities.  
  • Experience with collaboration and teamwork, and interest in working across communities in areas of common concern; 
  • Strong attention to detail, time management and organizational skills; 
  • Valid California driver’s license and access to vehicle;  
  • High school diploma or equivalent. 



  • Training, certifications, and/or degrees in behavioral/mental health, community health, and/or public health; 
  • Prior experience working with Middle Eastern communities in Alameda County and the Bay Area;  
  • Experience and familiarity with community mental health delivery of service.  



The predominant work environments for this position include fieldwork (including Oakland and Fremont areas), home visits, and outreach in multiple settings as needed, and weekly in DHTI’s Oakland office. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. May work two days a week remotely from home. 


In the course of performing this job, the employee typically spends time sitting, standing, walking, typing, filing, listening and speaking. 


The incumbent in this position must be able to accommodate to any/all of the following: tolerance for distractions and interruptions 

HOURS: 40 hours/week 


BENEFITS: Vacation, Sick, Paid Holidays, and Medical Insurance 

Equal Opportunity Employer:  

DHTI is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political or religious affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Status”).  


$24 - $27 per hour