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PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION EDUCATOR

FUNCTION OF WORK:

To assist the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) professional staff by providing basic information to program participants regarding program guidelines, use of vouchers, and nutrition education as well as monitoring WIC vendor compliance.

LOCATION OF WORK:

Calcasieu Parish and surrounding areas- WIC Program

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

  • Educates WIC program participants and/or primary caretakers regarding general nutrition, the purpose of the WIC program, participation guidelines and patient rights, the rationale for specific food items in the voucher/draft packages, use of the food vouchers/drafts, and the value of breast-feeding.
  • Surveys seasonal availability, supply and cost of food to assist clients in planning and preparing healthful meals within a budget.
  • Exhibits nutrition education materials on bulletin boards by use of posters and displays WIC food items, pamphlets, etc. throughout the patient flow areas of the health unit.
  • Purchases and prepares food items listed on the WIC drafts using approved recipes for demonstrations and tasting sessions to introduce innovative ways of serving the foods.
  • Plans lessons and provides direct basic nutrition education to individual WIC Program participants; documents in the medical record the specific lesson provided, relevant handouts and recipes, and plans for other nutrition education topics based on observed or stated needs.
  • Schedules and conducts shopping trips to WIC vendors with program participants who need special assistance.
  • 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.
  • Keep up to date returned formula inventory log book.
  • Prepares monthly nutrition education activity reports and conducts an annual patient survey for the WIC program evaluation.
  • Distributes posters, flyers and pamphlets to encourage participation in the WIC program and documents these activities in the quarterly outreach report.
    Refers WIC participants to other food, health and social assistance programs in the area.
  • Contacts participants (by phone, letter, or home visits) immediately following a missed appointment for re-scheduling to maintain WIC participation levels.
  • Participates in continuing education activities such as quarterly and statewide workshops presented by Nutrition Services.
  • Performs Laboratory duties collecting anthropometrics and hemoglobin levels from WIC participants.
  • Perform clerical duties as needed for certification/recertification of WIC participants.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

One year of clerical, health related public contact, food service, or extension service work.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

College training may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for the one year of experience.

Vocational training in a dietetic assistant curriculum at a recognized vocational school may be substituted for the required experience on a month for month basis.

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC Director of Public Health Support, contracts@swlahec.com. 
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Nurse Home Visitor (Jefferson Davis Parish) –

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).

Duties

(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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Position:  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 services.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Leading regional efforts to identify and provide technical assistance to healthcare providers interested in improving patient health outcomes related to chronic conditions, specifically cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.
  • Partner with Regional Public Health Office and Parish Health Units to assist with screening and referral programs.

This is a full time, 40-hour per week position within SWLAHEC’s Lafayette Office.  There is some in and out of state travel to meetings, conferences, or for the purpose of fulfilling responsibilities.  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 team-based care, electronic health records, or quality improvement coaching.

Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC’s Human Resources Director at hrdirector@swlahec.com.

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