Careers

El Centro de Corazón was founded in 1994 in Houston’s impoverished East End community as a social service organization with an initial focus on early childhood development. Over the years, El Centro expanded its focus to include the overall health of residents of the East End and the greater Houston area.  Today, El Centro is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three health centers that offer pediatric and adult primary care, women’s health services, pediatric and adult dental care, and behavioral health services.  El Centro is also providing primary care services in The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD’s Southeast clinic.  Additionally, El Centro is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home – Level 1 at its John S. Dunn Health Center.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to careers@elcentrochc.org or fax to 832-494-1636 for consideration.

No phone calls please.

El Centro de Corazón is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Job Opportunities

Medical Assistant (Bilingual English/ Spanish)

Overview Under the direction of the Clinic Manager, performs clinical skills in a medical care environment to all El Centro’s patients. The Medical Assistant is a member of the interdisciplinary medical team of the health center (OB/GYN, Family Practice, and Pediatric practice).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains first line contact with all clients who come into clinical care area.      
  • Performs routine intake procedures such as height, weight, temperature, pulse and blood pressure readings, and respiration;
  • Assists with office procedures;
  • Responsibility for assisting with triage of clients and routing of charts to appropriate provider;
  • Assists medical providers with examination and treatment of patients., ensure cleanliness of exam rooms, and sterilization as required;
  • Assists with translation/interpretation as needed;
  • Screens clients for visual acuity using Snellen method and conducts audiometry exams;
  • Responsible for maintenance of medical/laboratory equipment  to include quality controls on a regular basis;
  • Responsible for routine laboratory procedures including but not limited to various dipsticks, urinalysis, hematocrit, glucose screening, gram stains, and other procedures as approved by health center policies and CLIA standards.                          

 

Non-essential Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested;
  • Maintains supply room and orders supplies on a monthly basis;
  • Informs clinic manager of problems within the clinic.

 

Qualifications

  • Certified or registered medical assistant; required;
  • Fluent in Spanish and English; Required;
  • High school diploma or equivalent; Required;
  • 1 year previous experience strongly preferred;

 

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Pediatrician

Overview

Under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer, delivers primary care commensurate with training and experience to all El Centro‘s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Pediatrician will provide care in the disciplines of general pediatrics by planning and carrying out medical care programs for children, birth to adolescence, to aid in mental and physical growth and development.
  • The pediatrician is responsible for examining patients to determine the presence of disease and to establish preventive health practices, prescribes and administers medications and immunizations, and performs a variety of medical duties.

 

Qualifications

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience
  • Must have a valid license to practice in Texas and experience working in a high volume clinic environment
  • Board Certified
  • Current PALS certification
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
  • Must enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards of health care delivery.

 

Continuing Education and Training Requirements

Participates in trainings required by licensure and/or by the funding source.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

Psychiatrist

Overview 

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, delivers care commensurate with training and experience to all El Centro’s patients. Delivers care appropriate for an outpatient, primary care FQHC with a multicultural, multilingual patient population.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Psychiatrist will provide care in the disciplines of general psychiatry by planning and carrying out psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children and their families.

 

Qualifications

  • Must have a valid medical license to practice in Texas, and be in good standing 
  • Have experience working in a high volume clinic environment
  • A graduate of a formal accredited medical school and certified to practice by Texas State Board
  • Preferably Board Certified in Psychiatry with a high level of competency in working with mental health issues, children and adolescents, families and diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic settings
  • Interest and/or experience in collaboration with interdisciplinary health teams
  • Possess unrestricted DEA certificate
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred. 

 

Continuing Education and Training Requirements

Participates in trainings required by licensure and/or by the funding source.

To Apply

Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.

 

Behavioral Health Consultant – Women’s Health

Overview  Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) for Women’s Health will function as an integral member of the primary care team by providing brief consultative visits to women. The provider will work to support the integration of services between the medical and behavioral health care rendered to the patients in the form of brief interventions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a visible presence in the clinic to support behavioral health efforts
  • Provide direct behavioral health consultation to primary care providers
  • Perform brief behavioral interventions to patients
  • Perform brief, limited follow up visits for appropriate patients
  • Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions
  • Actively participate in meetings that support El Centro de Corazón’s (ECDC) integrated primary care behavioral health care model
  • Conduct risk assessments as needed
  • Conduct initial patient assessments as needed
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments
  • Document and maintain clinical records, including writing progress notes with interventions performed, developing treatment plans, and documenting recommendations made to primary care provider in a timely manner
  • Conduct appropriate discharge of patients
  • Facilitate referrals to Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS) to ensure a smooth transition to traditional therapy models of care
  • Provide individual, family and group psychotherapy services as needed
  • Perform case management duties as necessary
  • Participate in case staffing and administrative meetings
  • Educate primary care team in the basic principles of brief behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and reinforces their use in the medical visit.
  • Support other programs at El Centro by providing behavioral health education and other duties as assigned
  • Engage in community outreach and provide community presentations when needed
  • Participate in clinical supervision and seek peer consultation as needed.
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule. Provide 8 hours of direct patient care.
  • Maintain productivity as assigned by Behavioral Health Services Director.
  • Other duties as assigned and abides by agency’s policies and procedures and Behavioral Health Department Policies and Procedures.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the social or behavioral sciences.  
  • Licensed to provide therapy by state board pertaining to individual’s profession (Psychologist, LMFT, LPC, LCSW, LMSW) bilingual (Spanish) and abides by respective licensing board Code of Ethics. Candidate must be in good standing with credentialing board.
  • Previous counseling experience (minimum of 3 years) with strong emphasis on working with women’s issues related to reproductive health. Experience in the medical field working with mental health issues preferred, such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety as well as with families, and diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic settings.
  • In-depth knowledge of DSM-V; well-practiced in all psychotherapeutic modalities.
  • Strong clinical and assessment skills, cultural competence, basic casework skills (referrals, advocacy), strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility to be able to work in different work settings and environments, ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary team, ability to provide vision, feedback and creativity to a growing and changing mental health department.
  • BHC must work in provider area in close proximity to PCP.  BHC will need to adapt to various work spaces including exam rooms and administrative offices.

 

Mental Demands Mentally challenging position due to continuous exposure to extreme issues and mental health trauma.

Physical Requirements Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exists.  May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment; some exposure to hazardous materials or physical risks requiring basic safety precautions; exposure to blood borne pathogens requiring PPE.  Exposure to virus, disease, and infection.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Mental Health Therapist - (School Based) Bilingual-Spanish

Overview  Under the direction of the Behavioral Health Services Director, School-Based Mental Health Therapist will be responsible for providing services related to the delivery of mental health care to assigned students at the designated school location and will provide consultation services to the school staff to support the overall mental health goals of the student and school. This fully licensed psychotherapist will provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. The mental health therapist will work closely with school staff and children and their families, participating in meetings on behalf of the health center and student. BHS is required to be fluent in Spanish.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with school staff, including teachers, principal and counselors to meet the mental health needs of students, thereby reducing behavioral barriers to learning.
  • Screens new clients to identify presenting problems, address urgent issues and /or provide immediate referral as needed in accordance with school district and agency policies.
  • Provides individual and family therapy to adults, adolescents, and children experiencing biopsychosocial stressors.
  • Well-practiced in all psychotherapeutic modalities with a strong emphasis on effective treatment for childhood disorders.
  • Provides consultation services to school staff regarding mental health issues of students.
  • Maintains regular contact with parent/ guardian of each student (when appropriate).
  • Provides brief intervention and crisis intervention as needed in accordance with school district and agency policies.
  • Provides continuity of care during school breaks/vacations by providing care at the health center.
  • Administers initial student assessments
  • Conducts psychosocial assessments
  • Collaborates with teachers, school staff and student’s physician to develop treatment plans.
  • Re-assess and completes new treatment plans as indicated.
  • Writes and maintains progress notes for all encounters and other documentation as appropriate with the ability to meet documentation deadlines.
  • Performs billing activities according to health center procedures.
  • Conducts appropriate discharge of students.
  • Maintains and updates client record.
  • Ensures that therapeutic interactions are sensitive to and in accordance with family’s cultural needs and interests.
  • Makes appropriate referrals for students, including psychiatric (within or outside of agency)
  • Participates in the collection of mental health information and student outcomes data to be used to monitor the overall performance and effectiveness of services provided.
  • Obtains patient records when needed (local medical and mental health agencies).
  • Engages in community outreach and provides community presentations when needed.
  • Performs case management duties as necessary
  • Participates in case staffing and administrative meetings
  • Participates in clinical supervision and seeks peer consultation as needed.
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule. Provide 8 hours of direct patient care.
  • Maintains productivity as assigned by Director of Behavioral Health Services.
  • Other duties as assigned and abides by agency’s policies and procedures and Behavioral Health Department Policies and Procedures

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the social or behavioral sciences.
  • Previous counseling experience (minimum of 2 years) with strong emphasis on effective treatment for childhood disorders. Experience in the medical field and or school setting working with mental health issues preferred, as well as with families, groups, and diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic settings.
  • Licensed to provide therapy by state board pertaining to individual’s profession (Psychologist, LMFT, LPC, LCSW, LMSW), bilingual (Spanish), abides by respective licensing board Code of Ethics and maintains in good standing with the credentialing board.
  • In-depth knowledge of DSM-V; well-practiced in all psychotherapeutic methodologies; Strong knowledge of trauma-informed treatments, Evidence-Based Models, child development, crisis intervention, and family systems.
  • Strong clinical and assessment skills, cultural competence, basic casework skills (referrals, advocacy) and strong verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Flexibility to be able to work in different work settings and environments, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ability to provide vision, feedback, and creativity to a growing and changing mental health department.
  • Will need to adapt to various work spaces – exam rooms, community health center/ school offices. Travel is required to the health center and to collaborating schools.

 

Mental Demands Mentally challenging position due to continuous exposure to extreme issues and mental health trauma.

Physical Requirements Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions For the most part, ambient room temperatures, lighting and a traditional office environment exists.  May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric and medical crisis situations within the environment; some exposure to hazardous materials or physical risks requiring basic safety precautions; exposure to blood borne pathogens requiring PPE.  Exposure to virus, disease, and infection.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Family Medicine Physician (John S. Dunn Health Center)

Overview  Under the direction of the Medical Director, provides high quality, evidence-based medical care in the discipline of general medicine by planning and carrying out medical care programs.  Examines patients to determine presence of disease and to establish preventive health practices, prescribes and administers medications and immunizations, and performs a variety of medical duties, as within the scope of his/her practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works independently using his/her best professional judgment to provide and arrange for comprehensive medical services in an outpatient setting.
  • Examines patients using medical instruments and equipment, interprets laboratory and diagnostic studies and makes appropriate specialty referrals.
  • Perform outpatient procedures in accordance with El Centro de Corazón’s credentialing and privileging policy.
  • Provide consultation to other providers and medical staff in a team environment either in person or by telephone.
  • Assess patient needs for specialty referrals, diagnostic and inpatient care and make appropriate referrals for services. 
  • Responsible for accurate and timely documentation of all interactions with patients in accordance with ECDC policy.
  • Assist the clinic manager in the evaluation and supervision of clinical and auxiliary staff.
  • Works closely with the Medical Director, Director of Operations and other, appropriate staff and administration to identify, develop, and implement the comprehensive clinical services and preventive services.
  • Assists in internal quality control audits and renders care in accordance with quality and standards as established by El Centro and its regulating bodies.
  • Provide clinical supervision to midlevel providers, including appropriate auditing and signing off on charts.
  • Provides indirect supervision of medical assistants and lab personnel in area of specific support services for patient care delivery. 
  • Supervise medical residents and other trainees
  • Work with Medical Director and Quality Program Senior Manager on various quality improvement projects
  • Maintains credentials and continuing education for practice as defined by his/her specialty Board, to include licensure, certification, and continuing medical education.
  • Other duties or responsibilities as assigned by Medical Director.
  • Attends all required staff meetings, provider meetings, and actively participate in appropriate subcommittees as directed by the Medical Director. 

 

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited medical school with a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy. 
  • Successful completion of an accredited Family Medicine Residency with minimum 2 years Family Medicine experience required
  • Must have a valid license to practice in Texas and experience working in a high volume clinic environment.
  • Board Certified.
  • Current CPR, BLS or ACLS certification
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Must enjoy working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standards of health care delivery.

 

Requirements

Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

Wellness Program Coordinator

Overview The Wellness Program Coordinator (WPC) will be responsible for helping patients navigate and access El Centro’s health, education, and community services or resources. WPC’s main function is to provide support for the education services offered through the El Centro’s Reducing Diabetes Risks for the Entire Family program which is designed to help participants adopt healthy behaviors and improve the health of the community. The WPC will also assist with data collection, documentation and reporting of participants’ progress and health outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Specific duties include, but may not be limited to:
  • Promoting diabetes self-management, nutrition, and diabetes prevention education activities and project services;
  • Assisting in the recruitment, enrollment, training, and motivation of program participants, while fostering relationships with and between them;
  • Supporting participants both before and after sessions to complete pertinent forms for data collection and to follow up on any questions not addressed during class time;
  • Encouraging group participation and interaction through the use of open-ended questions and facilitating commitment to activities and retention of knowledge of participants;
  • Preparing before each class (i.e., reviewing participants’ food and activity trackers, lesson plan, content for the class, and making a reminder call to participants).
  • Maintaining, procuring, and organizing supplies and approved educational materials for classes, sessions or events.
  • Assist in conducting the program in an effective and meaningful manner with adherence to evidence-based practices and institutional requirements;
  • Recording session data for each participant (attendance, body weight, total weekly minutes of physical activity, etc.) and reporting patient responses to the supervisor, RN or Provider;
  • Follow up with participants who miss education classes or sessions and with individuals who are scheduled with the nurse educator/CDE and the nutritionist/RD.
  • Develops collaborative community relationships with local institutions such as employers, faith-based organizations, schools and other community based social service agencies to promote the goals of the program;
  • Work collaboratively with Community Engagement Manager to support community efforts
  • Provide information on El Centro de Corazón as a medical home and obtain/track referrals provided to program participants;
  • Reinforces to participants the importance of keeping appointments or communicating changes in their appointments;
  • Encourages and promotes attendance of classes/sessions/ events and assists participants in making up session/classes when possible
  • Coordinates and/or participates in community health fairs/presentations to promote a healthy lifestyle and El Centro services;
  • Attending the CDC Lifestyle Training Program and other training as needed;
  • Assist in recruitment of wellness education program participation by promoting the program internally among El Centro staff and in community events.
  • Assist with client satisfaction surveys and evaluation of education services
  • Ability to work on Saturdays to meet the need for access to services
  • Contribute to project planning, including development, implementation and monitoring of work plans, timelines, milestones and deliverables;
  • Actively participate in El Centro de Corazón’s quality improvement programs and initiatives
  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations, including those governing privacy and data security to maintain patient confidentiality;

 

Qualifications

  • Previous experience in community health outreach or group education; Community Health Worker certification preferred.
  • Will consider: Medical Assistant, LVN or experience in health promotion
  • Associate’s degree or higher in Health Education preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)—Both verbally and in writing required;
  • Ability to communicate empathy to for patients;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with individuals and build community within a group;
  • Ability to energize and motivate participants to achieve their goals;
  • Ability to work on Saturdays and other times as needed to support access to education services;
  • Knowledge of basic health, nutrition, and fitness principles as pertains to the Lifestyle Change Program;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, especially Excel preferred
  • Commitment to the mission of El Centro de Corazón;
  • Flexibility to work with people from all walks of life;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing;

 

Requirements

Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.  

General Dentist (treating children and adults)

Overview The dentist will be responsible for providing dental care consistent with accepted professional standards, including diagnosis, preventative, operative, endodontic, and surgical procedures. The dentist will provide dental care in a community health care setting to patients 6 months and older. The dentist will provide dental care and services in accordance with the policies and procedures established by El Centro de Corazon.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examines patients requesting care, diagnose their dental/oral conditions, prescribes and carries out, or directs others in carrying out appropriate dental/oral treatment, or refers individuals for specialty consultation or treatment in conformance with approved clinical protocols and guidelines. The dentist will perform fillings on primary and permanent teeth on all the surfaces needed. The dentist should be comfortable performing stainless steel crowns, primary teeth extractions, routine permanent teeth extractions, first dental home visits, anterior root canals, space maintainers and use of nitrous oxide. The dentist will also be responsible for providing routine preventative care including, but not limited to, prophylaxis, sealants, and fluoride treatments.
  • Records patient-dentist transactions as they occur in the patient’s dental record so that the dental record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the contact, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided.  In addition, the dentist shall complete referrals, data collection instruments and other records or paperwork as required by the agency.
  • Educates individuals in the nature of oral health-related conditions and in the general promotion of oral health-related disease prevention.
  • Prepares and submits weekly written reports on dental department issues, patients seen each week, weekly production, concerns, program status, initiatives, and progress to the dental director.
  • Assists in the provision of technical assistance and health education to the community as requested.
  • Performs periodic evaluations of dental staff for which the dentist directly supervises.
  • Participates in appropriate health promotion/disease prevention activities, both on-site and off-site as required.
  • Performs all functions in full compliance with the Departmental Exposure Control Plan, including to but not limited to, the use of Personal Protective Equipment and Universal Precautions.
  • Responsible for personal, as well as departmental full compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and agency rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dentistry and the clinical provision of dental care as well as those relating to, but not limited to, personnel issues, workplace safety, public health and confidentiality.

 

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited dental school
  • Two years clinical experience preferred
  • Obtain 12 CE credits per year required; 18 CE credits preferred
  • Knowledge of public health principles and practices preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required
  • FTCA coverage or private professional malpractice insurance obtainable
  • Unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the State of Texas.
  • Current CPR (BLS) certifications 
  • Texas DEA registration
  • Nitrous Oxide Certification, required
  • First Dental Home certification

 

Typical Physical Demands

Prolonged sitting or standing may be required.  Those physical movements and the degree of mobility normally associated with the practice of primary care dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis. The ability to distinguish letters and symbols, as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers is required.  Work under stressful conditions, as well as irregular hours, may be required.  Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered.

Requirements

Required to sit, stand, walk and move about throughout the day; manual dexterity to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with arms and hands; occasionally climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel or crouch occasionally; talk and hear; vision abilities required include close vision, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.  Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To Apply Please submit resumes to careers@elcentrochc.org.