Coalition Coordinator

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center seeks a Coalition Coordinator to provide leadership and coordination for a coalition of diverse organizations. Applicants should have strong project management, exceptional communication and writing skills and demonstrated leadership. Applicants should be well organized and self-directed with the ability to work on many projects at one time. If interested in this position please send cover letter and resume to hrdirector@swlahec.com by July 30, 2019.

Director, Community Resource Department

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center is looking for a highly motivated candidate to lead our newly developed Community Resource Department. This department director will serve as the Region 4 (Acadiana) regional expert for health systems quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving chronic disease outcomes in this region. This position will also oversee SWLAHEC’s Regional Community Resource Coordinator responsible for linking healthcare providers with local chronic disease self-management, health education, and health behavior support servicesA strong background in health informatics is essential. 

This is a full time, 40-hour per week position within SWLAHEC’s Lafayette Office. The candidate should have knowledge and/or experience in working on quality improvement initiatives in a clinical setting. Knowledge of the healthcare system within LA Pubic Health Region IV region is preferred as well as some experience with health informatics, team-based care, electronic health records, or quality improvement coaching.

If interested in this position please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC’s Human Resources Director at hrdirector@swlahec.com by July 31, 2019.


To plan, promote, and implement health education programs.


Differs from lower-level nutrition education jobs by serving as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA) with the Louisiana WIC Program.

Differs from the Public Health Nutritionist 1 by the absence of a provisional Louisiana Dietitian/Nutritionist license.


  • Serves as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA) for the WIC Program, including determining eligibility for WIC, evaluating lab values, nutritional requirements, and prescribing a food package.
  • Performs nutritional assessments of individuals or families by evaluating anthropometric measurements, urinary and serum lab values, nutritional (rather than 24 hr recalls or diet histories), medical and social histories.
  • Develops care plans, prescribes food packages, counsels and monitors the progress of intervention in a parish health unit or a satellite clinic of a parish health unit.
  • Networks with other health professionals, such as private physicians/nurses, in the development and implementation of interagency information/referral systems to identify patients with nutritional problems and needs.
  • Conducts monthly mandatory outreach (health and medical organizations, religious/community agencies, social service agencies) to improve access to the Louisiana WIC Program.
  • Conducts federally mandated vendor monitoring of Louisiana WIC approved vendors by: Visiting the stores to document the inventory for compliance with minimum stock levels of approved WIC foods; Assuring adherence to WIC Food Instrument redemption procedures; Providing training to management and cashier staff regarding food packaging changes or any policy changes relative to WIC Food Instrument redemption; Securing a vendor or designated staff signature; Gathering information regarding grocer/patient complaints or allegations of fraud; Forwarding information to the Vendor Manager in the Nutrition Services central office in the Office of Public Health when applicable.
  • Provides breastfeeding support to WIC participants and women in the parish community and facilitates links to medical support in the area of breastfeeding concerns as needed by WIC and non-WIC parish residents.
  • Serves on the parish health unit personal health management team responsible for the activities related to the federally required annual management evaluation process.
  • Collects and evaluates health data to develop health promotion programs.
  • Consults with Regional Administrators and Nutritionists in planning and developing health promotion programs.
  • Conducts health promotional activities, provides health information and training to agency staff and other agencies, and develops health promotion materials for staff, other agencies and residents in the region.

A baccalaureate degree in nutrition, dietetics, human ecology, home economics, family and consumer sciences, health promotion, pre-medicine or nursing.
An associate degree in nutrition, dietetics, human ecology, home economics, family and consumer sciences, health promotion, pre-medicine or nursing plus two years of experience working as a WIC Clinic Nutrition Educator in the State of Louisiana will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Twelve semester hours in food and nutrition or dietetics plus three years of experience working as a WIC Clinic Nutrition Educator in the State of Louisiana will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Twelve semester hours in food and nutrition or dietetics plus three years of experience working in patient care will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC Director of Public Health Support, contracts@swlahec.com.

Nurse Home Visitor (Calcasieu Parish) – Sulphur , LA

The NFP Nurse Home Visitor (NHV) is responsible for delivery of comprehensive community health nursing care to first-time, low income pregnant women and their families who are eligible for NFP. Direct supervision for this position is provided by an assigned NFP Nurse Supervisor (and Assistant Supervisor when applicable). The Nurse Home Visitor practices within the scope of practice designated by the Louisiana Nurse Practice Act (LRS 37:911) and adheres to the policies, procedures and standards of the Louisiana NFP program and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital/Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred with unrestricted / current LA RN licensure & 3 yrs experience in maternal child health nursing, public / community health, or related fields (Master’s degree or higher may substitute for 1 year of experience).


(70%) Implements NFP with fidelity. Maintains a caseload of 25 active families who have been identified as eligible for NFP. Adheres to NFP model of home visiting which includes completion of scheduled visits in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of NFP. Meets NFP programmatic documentation guidelines, NFP productivity expectations and professional performance expectations as set forth by DHH/OPH. Performs ongoing nursing assessments of the physical, emotional, social and environmental needs of pregnant women, children and families. Demonstrates proficiency in use and interpretation of model specific assessment tools.

Develops therapeutic relationships with women and their families, utilizing open communication skills, reflective listening and motivational interviewing. Provides preventive health education and anticipatory guidance to clients and families. Provides individualized and culturally appropriate care to families served by NFP and assists set achievable personal and life course goals. Makes appropriate referrals to community agencies and health care providers for other community services and resources as identified by families whenever possible. When applicable, works effectively with Mental Health Consultants and assists Mental Health Consultants in developing relationships with families.

Participates in weekly case conferences and/or team meetings and 1:1 meetings with supervisor according to the NFP model. Offers and accepts constructive feedback to enhance team and personal outcomes. Evaluates own nursing and team practices which affect attrition of clients, client specific outcomes and infant outcomes. Modifies approaches with families when indicated. Provides in-service training and orientation to new personnel and assists supervisor in preparation of in-service activities for staff.

(20%) Proficiently utilizes the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Data Collection System through the NFP National Service Office, as well as the State provided ETO system, in order to manage program data appropriately. Inputs data accurately or delegates to appropriate staff when available. Evaluates and interprets own caseload information and program data for accuracy and trends such as tracking of families characteristics, needs, services provided, and progress toward accomplishing program objectives. Prepares, maintains and completes patient records, monthly activity reports, itinerary reports & travel documents in a timely and accurate manner. Monitors and completes documentation in client records for fidelity to the model and quality assurance. Complies with licensure and reimbursement guidelines through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and/or other funding sources. Participates in overall quality improvement activities to assure that data, site specific reports and statewide outcomes are accurate and reliable. Participates in continuous quality improvement processes. Monitors data for opportunities to change individual nursing practice.

(10%) Provides individual or group health education in the community when requested to address educational and behavioral needs identified in the community. Participates in selected health fairs and community events as requested. Participates in community outreach activities to assure and encourage referrals to the NFP program. Participates in community groups to identify the maternal and child health needs of the community and potential community solutions.

Provides emergency care in the community as designated within the Office of Public Health and in accordance with the scope of nursing practice. Participates in Emergency Preparedness activities in the Medical Special Needs Shelters, bioterrorism preparedness (smallpox vaccination, National Pharmaceutical Stockpile or weapons of mass destruction) and other events which require activation of the emergency response system. Provides professional nursing care and leadership in response to emergency situations in the community and statewide, on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis.

Attends community seminars, workshops, in-service training, and other continuing education programs as required and approved in order to maintain professional expertise. Performs all other duties not listed above but assigned by the supervisor to ensure the smooth operation of the agency.

For more information on the Nurse-Family Partnership program visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC Director of Public Health Support, contracts@swlahec.com or fax to 337-478-0124.

For additional information or inquiries call 337-478-6020 ext. 6049.

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