WIC Nutrition Assistant

Community of Hope
Washington, DC
Nov 26, 2022
Nov 30, 2022
Accountant, IT
Full Time
The WIC Nutrition Assistant is accountable directly to the WIC Director. This position provides services to WIC clients such as health screening, healthcare and other referrals, basic nutrition education and counseling, and default food package prescription. This position complies with all WIC program requirements and ensures that all WIC participants receive excellent customer service. This is a full-time position.*Highlighted Duties and Responsibilities: ** Provides WIC Program participant services including scheduling appointments, updating demographic data and responding to calls.* Interviews to obtain basic demographic data such as name, address, and contact information; verifying identity, residency, and income eligibility by reviewing paperwork presented; entering all data into HANDS* Performs initial health assessments using a standard assessment tool, provides basic nutrition education, assigns standard food packages and provides appropriate referrals* Ensures nutrition assessment (certification and mid-certification) includes diet and health assessment, risk assignment, food package tailoring, nutrition education, documentation and establishing health or nutrition goals with participant* Ensures confidentiality of WIC data and protects WIC information systems against unauthorized access* Collects and enters information for the certification process that includes anthropometric and hematological data collection and plotting on the appropriate growth chart* Educates applicants regarding their rights and responsibilities, including the food delivery system, WIC foods, and certification schedule* Documents assessments and nutrition education in CARES in accordance with WIC policy and training* Assists with coordination of WIC services, including breastfeeding promotion and support, making referrals as warranted and helping with outreach activities* Provides and documents general participant-centered nutrition education including individual/family sessions and facilitated group discussions (low risk participants preferably)* Documents participant contacts as outlined in the WIC Nutrition Services Documentation Guidance to ensure continuity of care, including identifying where participants are in the process of change, agreed upon goals and other pertinent information essential for supporting participants.* Attends and participates in all training and continuing education sessions offered by the State agency.* Completes other duties as assigned.*Minimum Qualifications: ** High school degree or GED required. LPNs, Dietetic Technicians with a Bachelor's degree preferred* At least one year of experience working in a medical office. Or at least one year performing the duties of a Nutrition Assistant/Aide in a local WIC agency.* The ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing* The ability to establish rapport with individuals and small groups* Successful completion of WIC paraprofessional training program within one year of appointment to the position.* Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. COH will consider requests for reasonable accommodations for anyone who cannot be vaccinated for a religious or medical reason, subject to applicable law.*We offer great benefits including: ** Medical Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;* Dental Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;* Vision Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;* Life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance;* 403(b) Retirement Plan;* Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses;* Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro;* Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave and holidays;* Tuition Reimbursement for graduate studies;* And much more!*About Us: *Community of Hope is a mission-driven, innovative, and rapidly growing nonprofit. For nearly 40 years, we have provided healthcare, housing, and supportive services for low-income, underserved, and homeless people in Washington DC. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we provide medical, dental, behavioral health, and care coordination services for the whole family at three locations in DC. Community of Hope also has a strong emphasis on maternal and child health, with a midwifery practice and the only free-standing birth center in DC. In 2020, Community of Hope provided about 28,400 medical visits, 7,000 dental visits, and 10,000 behavioral health visits for about 11,000 patients. Community of Hope is also providing community walk-in COVID testing and COVID vaccines. Community of Hope is also one of the largest providers in DC of housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness. Through providing these programs, we live out our mission to improve health and end family homelessness to make Washington, DC more equitable.At Community of Hope, we care for families by providing direct services with a focus on prevention, healing, and wellness. We improve lives by building on families' strengths, honoring their choices, and taking a whole-family, multi-generational approach. We lead and advocate for system change to address the effects of historical and current racial inequities on health outcomes and housing opportunities. We embrace the diversity of our community, welcome all voices and perspectives, and treat everyone with respect, compassion, and integrity. We strive for excellence in all that we do, implement evidence-based practices, measure our outcomes, and use this knowledge to continuously strengthen our work. We were selected as one of The Washington Post 150 Top Workplaces in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021 based on feedback from our staff.Check out our website for more information here.Job Type: Full-time

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