Outreach Specialist –
The MIECHV Outreach Specialist will conduct community-based outreach to families and community partners to support awareness and develop partnerships in targeted LA parishes for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The Outreach Specialist will be knowledgeable of the models used for implementing home visiting services. The Outreach Specialist will assist with establishing and maintaining positive relationships with community organizations and performing other activities to enhance the presence of the MIECHV program in the community.
The Outreach Specialist will assist in identifying gaps in services and health needs of the community, and work with regional home visiting teams to devise remedies in service/health related areas. The Outreach Specialist will also be knowledgeable of other Department of Health/Office of Public Health/Bureau of Family Health programs and provide information regarding referral pathways to these programs or services.
Direct supervision for this position is provided by an assigned MIECHV Nurse Supervisor and the Early Childhood Systems Integration Specialist. The Outreach Specialist adheres to the policies, procedures and standards of the Louisiana MIECHV program and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital/Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH).
Service area – Calcasieu Parish and surrounding area (Region 5).
Minimum Associate Degree in Human Services field and/or relevant certification / education, as well as at least 2 years of relevant work experience (Bachelor or higher degree in relevant field may substitute for work experience)
Must have ability to:
- Maintain strict confidentiality (i.e., comply with HIPAA laws);
- Maintain accurate client records;
- Perform job duties independently;
- Comply with contractual and safety requirements;
- Interpret and apply program policies and procedures;
- Work in a fast paced environment with strict deadlines;
- Effectively communicate and interact with personnel at all organizational levels;
- Work with established guidelines and standards to ensure compliance and accountability.
- Travel within Calcasieu Parish and surrounding areas required.
- Actively recruit families to enroll in evidence based home visiting program across the parishes served by teams of home visitors.
- Perform appropriate intake/screening procedures to connect families to the most suitable region or parish specific home visiting team for voluntary enrollment and/or referrals to other community maternal and child health services.
- Conduct outreach activities designed to create awareness about the MIECHV program and increase number and type of referral sources. Outreach activities include public presentations, participation in community events, and one on one engagement with service providers and community stakeholders that serve eligible families and potential clients.
- Cultivate positive relationships with relevant organizations, social service providers, and community partners. Participate in appropriate community collaborations.
- Coordinate and implement MIECHV program events that include relevant community partners; events may consist of client graduations, group connections, and resource fairs.
- Inputs intake / outreach data in a timely and accurate manner into the designated OPH data system; complies with or assists in the compilation of information for reports as needed.
- Prepares and maintains program related forms, specifically those related to outreach and recruitment.
- Complete and submit regular outreach itinerary of projected activities to team supervisor and ECS Integration Specialist.
- Submit monthly report related to outreach activities to team supervisor and ECS Integration Specialist.
- Participate in monthly outreach team meeting.
- Attend regional home visiting team meetings, as required by team supervisor and ECS Integration Specialist.
- Display excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with clients and coworkers and including the ability to communicate effectively, work with people of diverse social, economic, educational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds;
- Proficiently operate standard office equipment, including computer hardware and software applications. (i.e., Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Windows, PowerPoint and Access).
- Performs other duties as assigned.
If interested please send cover letter and resume to LaNaya Carter at LaNaya.Carter@la.gov by September 29,2017.
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center has an opening for a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Regional Coordinator in the Lake Charles area. This full time position will be a regional leader in the surveillance of maternal, infant and child mortality. Through community engagement and a personal passion for MCH, this regional coordinator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health Program will create and carry out actionable steps to improve the health and safety of moms and children. Experiences in NICU, Labor and Delivery, community outreach, and health education preferred. RN/BSN/or extensive experience reading medical records required. Please submit resume via email or mail to:
1450 Poydras Street Suite 2032
New Orleans, LA 70112
Region 5 Office of Public Health
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
This Registered Nurse position is assigned to a Region in the Office of Public Health and functions in the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This APRN is responsible for advanced primary and preventive health care for individuals, families, and communities. This APRN practices within scope of practice designated by Louisiana Advanced Nurse Practice Act (LRS37:911), adheres to the policies, procedures, and standards of Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health and is accountable for promoting a positive image and working harmoniously with other members of the health care team. This APRN will provide joint management of health care of the patient (counseling, education, examination, and /or referral) with one or more consulting physicians employed by Office of Public Health or with approval by the Medical Director for the Office of Public Health. All acts of medical diagnosis will be in accordance with a collaborative practice agreement. This APRN will respond to emergencies, public health, and bioterrorist threats on a 24 hour basis, i.e. hurricanes, flooding, West Nile Virus, Anthrax, Smallpox, food borne illnesses and others as they emerge. As per Interdivisional Memorandum (IDM) 724, effective May 17, 2007, the APRN must possess prescriptive authority to prescribe drugs, assessment studies, therapeutic regimens, medical devices, and other products for distribution and use by other individuals within the scope of practice as defined by the board in R.S. 37.913(3)(b). The APRN must also maintain current CPR certification. Reports administratively and professionally to the Regional Medical Director and works collaboratively with the Registered Nurse Regional Manager.
40% Assesses and develops a comprehensive health care history and physical examination for the purpose of diagnosis, providing medical care and/or referral. Plans, implements and evaluates the plan of care decided upon for the client. Conducts physical examinations, such as pap smears, breast and/or pelvic exams and other exams necessary for, but not limited to Reproductive Health, Maternity and/or STD patients. Performs or orders appropriate laboratory tests. Assesses patient needs, identifies problems and provides counsel relative to patient illnesses and treatment. Reviews and analyzes laboratory tests and other diagnostic data; determines diagnoses; prescribes pharmaceuticals; perform appropriate medical procedures; formulates goals and strategies for meeting individual health care needs; consults with physicians or other providers as needed. Creates and maintains accurate records, appropriate legal documents and other reports of client care consistent with the law. Utilizes the Electronic Health Record (EHS) system to document, maintain current and review patient clinical data gathered in each health unit visit and from reports by other providers involved in patient’s care.
10% Provides advanced primary or preventive health care for individuals, families or communities at an advanced or expert clinician level; assesses individual health, analyzes data to determine health and nursing care needed, plans a strategy to meet identified health care needs, evaluates responses to intervention and makes changes in care or treatment as needed; identifies and allocates public health care resources or coordinates and evaluates other health resources necessary to meet individual or group needs at the most appropriate level.
15% Provides advanced professional expertise and technical assistance to nurses and ancillary staff in implementing health care strategies and providing for individualized care and treatment within the area of specialization and certification, such as pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology or family planning; participates in quality assurance activities related to health care services provided by licensed and non-licensed health care members. Collaborates with the medical and nursing administrators to plan, implement and evaluate programs to assure competent and effective clinical practice that advance programmatic goals, and that strengthen the systems that support the quality of patient care.
15% Counsels patient, family members and others on health problems, prescribed treatments, use of drugs and other matters. Identifies problems and make suggestions for changes to provide continuity of patient care. Makes appropriate referrals and collaborates with all members of the health care team. Identifies health care needs within the community and makes recommendations to provide comprehensive health care to clients; provides education and training to members of the community and the health care team regarding health care needs (i.e., obesity, genetic abnormalities, increase in birth defects, etc.).
10% Provides advanced professional nursing care, leadership, and/or surveillance, and instructs nurses and paraprofessional staff in response to population-based issues that may impact the health of the community-at-large (i.e. methyl parathion or mercury investigation, etc.); bioterrorism threats (i.e. National Pharmaceutical Stockpile system, smallpox vaccination clinics, etc.); weather emergencies (Special Needs Shelters, etc.); or emerging health crises (i.e. West Nile Virus, etc.). Serve as a role model and clinical resource to nursing staff and other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
5% Develops and recommends practice standards which pertain to assigned programs; evaluates care outcomes and suggests strategies to improve program delivery. Initiates or modifies medical treatment when and to the extent authorized by Office of Public Health protocols and procedures. Assists in developing departmental educational programs based upon standards of practice and conducts formal and informal classes and experiences for staff to support and promote the patient care programs.
5% Attends seminars, workshops, staff meetings, in-service trainings and other continuing education programs as required in maintaining professional expertise and licensing requirements. Accepts and performs additional assigned duties not listed in the job description to ensure smooth agency operations at all levels – parish, regional and state.
Minimum Qualifications: Possession of an active, unencumbered, unrestricted and valid Louisiana registered nurse license to practice professional nursing plus an active, valid Louisiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license or temporary permit.
If you are interested in this position please email cover letter and resume to Dr. Bertrand Foch at Bertrand.Foch@LA.GOV by September 29, 2017.