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Health & Nutrition Services Coordinator

Company: AVANCE, Inc.
Location: San Antonio
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary: The Health & Nutrition Services Coordinator plans and collaborates with other coordinators and staff in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to ensure the health and well-being of all children in the program. The Health & Nutrition Services Coordinators primary responsibilities are to integrate knowledge of evidence-based practices to promote child and family health and wellness to build a health program that: Helps staff and families understand the relationship between child and family health and childrens school readiness outcomes Develops strategies to address the health disparities in low income communities, particularly related to common chronic health conditions such as asthma, obesity and lead exposure Engages families as leaders in building a program environment that promotes health and wellness Develops community partnerships to assure that children and familys preventive and health treatment needs are met; and that secures long-term relationships for families to providers who will support their childrens long term health and well-being Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The Health & Nutrition Services Coordinator will ultimately be evaluated on a combination of skills, dispositions and behaviors, some of which are related to the specific service area of this position and others that represent general expectations of all AVANCE employees. PLANNING Responsible for the overall planning, administration, and implementation of the medical and dental components, and assists with nutrition planning Serves as health planner; prepares written health plan, health budget and written reports that are to be submitted to AVANCEE, regional office, and ACF. Facilitates the organization of the Health Service Advisory Committee and utilizes the committee in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the health component. Identifies and utilizes state and local resources for the health program. Develops the staff team approach to the delivery of health services to Head Start and Early Head Start children. Ensures mechanisms are in place that supports communication among staff, parents, and community providers to assure follow-up services are received. Support the establishment of effective health emergency procedures, including methods for handling suspected or known child abuse; conditions for short-term exclusion and admittance; medication administration procedures; injury prevention measures; and hygiene procedures. ONGOING MONITORING AND RECORD-KEEPING Provides updates on health data to the Director of Family Services, Health & Nutrition and/or Regional Director as required/requested. Participates in the programs self-assessment, community assessment, and prepares input for PIR. Compiles and analyzes data on the effectiveness of the health service component. Tracks the provision of all child health and developmental services, maternal health services, and ensures that follow-up services are received in a timely manner. Implements a comprehensive system of services for preventing health problems, and intervening promptly when they do exist. Work with Family Advocates to ensure timely entrance of children to the Head Start and Early Head Start program, ensures all 45/90 day(EPSDT) screenings are completed on time. Work with the Maternal Educator to support comprehensive health screenings and access to health services. Ensures all confidentiality requirements are met and those who need information can access it. Responds to requests (phone, e-mail and written) from staff related to child health needs/concerns. Ensures that developmental screening plays a role in child development and health services planning for children. PARENT INVOLVEMENT Promotes, in conjunction with other Head Start and Early Head Start staff, active parent involvement i; for example, parents as members of the Health Advisory Committee. Assists the family in assuming the primary responsibility for their own health care. Assist Family Advocates in linking the child/family into an ongoing health system. Ensures that parents are involved as full partners in prevention and early intervention and that children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous, accessible health care; Support families to ensure that children are kept up to date on a schedule of well-child care that includes immunizations, and all time frames are met. Works with families, family advocates, maternal educators, and health care professionals to ensure all known issues are in treatment and, once treatment has begun, that it is completed. Interprets the handicap functional diagnosis to teachers and parents; assures that the education program meets the child's needs. HEALTH EDUCATION Integrates health education into all aspects of the Head Start and Early Head Start program and helps to provide health education for parents, staff, and children. Participates in in-service and pre-service training. Promotes environmental health and safety practices . Designs and delivers health related training to parents and staff. Ensures that the health and safety of children is assured through teaching children and parents preventive health practices. Assist in training/certification of Pediatric CPR and First Aid for staff. Assist in the development and distribution of written and web-based materials for children, adults and employees within the areas of: personal health, fitness, safety, nutrition and preventive health education. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS Coordinates Health Advisory Committee meetings to ensure the health program is responsive to community needs. Serves as a liaison to the health community, for example, groups serving children with special needs. Serves as an advocate for child health. Assist in contracting for consultants. Develops partnerships with outside agencies to better meet the health needs of children, families, and pregnant women in Head Start and Early Head Start. SERVICE COORDINATION Participate actively in regular leadership team meetings and case conferences, as necessary, to ensure service coordination across the Head Start and Early Head Start program. Works cooperatively with Family Services to ensure the provision of health services to children and families. Work to ensure annual approval of Health Service Area plans by policy council, ensuring appropriate policy council involvement in curriculum and assessment decisions. Attend local, state and regional initiatives to represent AVACNE and to develop professionally. Promote consistent exchange of information and a cooperative environment within the leadership of the center. Attend parent committees, policy council and board of director meetings as requested. GENERAL STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES Lead for the good of the entire organization, understand the big picture and use it as a framework to make decisions. Make decisions in an ethical, timely and efficient manner in consideration of the centers mission, understand what information is needed to make high quality decisions, engage stakeholders, and ensure decisions are made that support program quality and maintain program accountability. Manage change effectively by demonstrating support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve quality and effectiveness, by initiating, sponsoring and implementing organizational change and by helping others to successfully manage organizational change. Participate in staff meetings, conferences, training sessions and workshops as assigned. Maintain confidentiality in regards to staff and family information. Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy. Perform any other work-related duties as requested by your supervisor. Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services. Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner. Demonstrate commitment to mission, values, and policies in the performance of daily duties. Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required. Supervision Supervises assigned department personnel. Includes the following responsibilities, but are not limited to: hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, and ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and the completion of all work performed by direct reports. Educates direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures. Meets with assigned staff at least monthly to identify and resolve problems, manage projects, track goals, and review work processes and procedures. Represents the team and/or department at meetings, events, and training as required. Non-Essential Duties: Performs any and all other duties as assigned. Job Specifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requirements: BA degree in public health, nursing, health education, maternal and child health, or health administration. RN or MPH preferred. Experience working with families of children 0-5 in low income communities supporting their health and wellness Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid. Physical exam and background checks are required for this position. Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions. Must have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation. Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation. Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines. Self-motivated and able to work independently. Physical Requirements: Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching. Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically. Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers typing and/or writing. Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading). Ability to receive and respond to oral communication. Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment. Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices). Standard office equipment generally used includes: Telephone Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet Printer/Photocopy Machine Calculator Fax Machine May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties. Qualifications Job Specifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requirements: BA degree in public health, nursing, health education, maternal and child health, or health administration. RN or MPH preferred. Experience working with families of children 0-5 in low income communities supporting their health and wellness Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid. Physical exam and background checks are required for this position. Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions. Must have a valid drivers license and reliable transportation. Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation. Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines. Self-motivated and able to work independently. Requirements Physical Requirements: Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching. Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically. Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers typing and/or writing. Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading). Ability to receive and respond to oral communication. Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Work Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment. Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices). Standard office equipment generally used includes: Telephone Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet Printer/Photocopy Machine Calculator Fax Machine May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties. ADA/ADAAA Statement AVANCE is committed to equal opportunity in employment for persons with disabilities and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and any other applicable state and federal laws. Accordingly, AVANCE does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training or other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Moreover, it is AVANCEs policy to provide reasonable accommodations in employment to qualified individuals with disabilities so that they can perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of AVANCEs business or would change the essential functions of the position. Retaliation against an individual with a disability for utilizing this policy or seeking a reasonable accommodation is prohibited. Individuals with any questions or requests for accommodation should contact the Human Resources Department. EEO/AAP Statement AVANCE values diversity and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. It is also our goal to employ and advance in employment women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and to treat qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability or veteran status. Benefits Established in 1973, AVANCE is a national, non-profit organization that meets hard to reach, low-income families where they are. We aim to liberate parents and their children from the cycle of poverty in a family-oriented, non-judgmental environment.

Keywords: AVANCE, Inc., San Antonio , Health & Nutrition Services Coordinator, Other , San Antonio, Texas

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