WIC Health Professional 2

Ross County Health District

This is a Full-time position in Chillicothe/Circleville, Ohio posted May 10, 2018.

Position Introduction
Will work as an employee of the Special Supplemental Women, Infant and Children (WIC) grant funded program. A WIC Health Professional 2 will conduct nutrition assessment; provide nutrition counseling and breastfeeding support to WIC participants following guidelines established by the State WIC program; conduct outreach activities; make referrals to other support agencies.


• Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN), Licensed Dietitian (LD). Must have completed Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved baccalaureate program and supervised practicum, passed qualifying exam and completed requirements for Ohio Licensure.
• Prefer experience with education and counseling in child and maternal nutrition and breastfeeding.

• Must have a valid State of Ohio driver’s license and remain insurable in accordance with the agency’s insurance policy.
• Must practice in accordance with the Ohio Board of Dietetics Licensure laws and Commission on Dietetics.
• Prefer Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) or certified in other breastfeeding training.

Additional Qualifications

• Successfully pass a B.C.I. background check.
• Ability to pass a Drug Screening.
• Compliance with tuberculin test requirement per agency TB Plan.

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.
• Computer with related software
• Copier/Scanner/Fax/Multi-Phone Line system
• Other office equipment
• Scales, height board, hemocue
• Motor vehicle

General office setting in a health department facility and occasionally in community sites.
The employee has regular contact with the public, including potentially unruly children or adults. The employee is exposed to, must negotiate, use, or work with or in the vicinity of chemical compounds found in an office environment (e.g. toner, correction fluid, etc.). Employee may be exposed to blood or bodily fluids. This job requires occasional lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of objects weighing 40 pounds. Travel to work / meetings in all types of weather. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer monitor or operating a keyboard.

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.
• Willingness to communicate openly and appropriately to provide effective service.
• Willingness to assist clients independent of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status.
• Willingness to expand one’s knowledge base and inspire others to do the same.
• Willingness to participate in workforce development.
• Willingness to participate in and/or lead agency-wide initiatives, including but not limited to the pursuit of national accreditation and participation in times of public health emergencies.

• Assesses and documents a participant’s nutrition risk based on information obtained in dietary interviews, health histories, hematologic and anthropometric measurements.
• Provides nutrition counseling, including breastfeeding promotion and support that is
responsive to the identified needs/interests of each participant
• Implements individual care plans for low-risk and high-risk participants.
• Ensures State WIC mandated screenings are performed.
• Follows project’s plan for high-risk participants to ensure appropriate services to participants with greatest need.
• Practice participant centered counseling using Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) tools.
• Refers participants to other health and social services when needs are beyond the scope of WIC services. Completes appropriate follow-up to referrals.
• Prescribes and issues WIC food packages including special infant formula.
• Completes all required charting/documentation in a timely manner; clearly and legible identify the problem/need and plan and services provided on the appropriate forms.
• Schedules participant appointments.
• Runs data reports. Assist in the evaluation of data to improve program performance.
• Conducts group education activities
• Develops educational modules and educational publications.
• Conducts outreach activities
• As needed will complete heights, weights and hematological testing of participants.
• As needed function as a support staff
• If assigned as Local Agency Nutrition Coordinator will oversee food and formula prescriptions and coordinates with medical providers as appropriate; conduct chart review and provide feedback; provide in-service training for Health Professional (HP) staff; coordinate nutrition services with other local agencies and WIC programs; supervise HP’s in the nutrition assessment or delivery of nutrition services.
• If assigned as Breastfeeding Peer Helper Supervisor will work closely with Breastfeeding Coordinator to provide supervision and feedback to peer helpers; assists with the training, planning, management, implementation and evaluation of peer helper activities.
• As assigned, attends collaborative group meetings, trainings sessions, conferences and workshop to give or receive information pertaining to health and nutrition.
• Attends continuing education seminars to be knowledgeable in current nutrition and breastfeeding topics.
• Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable OSHA safety standards that pertain to essential functions.
• Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
• Responds to public health emergencies in accordance with response plans using the incident command system.
• Interacts with all WIC staff members to ensure comprehensive services are provided.
• Performs any and all other related duties as assigned or directed by the WIC Program Coordinator, Health Commissioner, Administrator, Community Health Director in order to promote and ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Ross County Health District.

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