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Health Specialist - VPI Plus

POSITION TITLE: Health Specialist – VPI Plus

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in health, public health, nursing education or health related field. Experience with child and family health/wellness care. Must have current certification in CPR/First Aid, good oral and written communication skills, and ability to lift students as required. Must be knowledgeable of local health resources and how to access them. Preferred candidates will have experience working with preschool children/families, EPSDT, ability to use clinic/medical equipment, and knowledge and use of universal precautions. Experience with windows-based computers and Microsoft Office Software. Bilingual skills to include Spanish are a plus.

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Assesses the health needs of VPI programs’ students by observation, screening and referral procedures and provide intervention as needed. Documents findings and follow-up. Interpret health status and/or medical findings for parents and school personnel as necessary. Develops, maintains and utilizes a system for tracking/monitoring all activities in the areas of Health Services. Reviews, evaluates and analyzes health-tracking system and ensures follow up services are completed and documented in a timely manner. Promotes and ensures parental involvement in all aspects of the VPI health program. Serves as a program liaison with the community’s public and private health providers and resources, establishing working partnerships, networks, and linkage to promote effective health service delivery to children and families. Sets up and/or performs health screening(s), provides parents with results, makes appropriate referrals, maintains accurate student health records on all VPI children and forward to school where child will enter kindergarten. Train staff and volunteers on appropriate health and safety practices and procedures. Encourages each family to be a health-educated person and a knowledgeable health consumer. Ensures that all initial nutrition assessments, (height, weight,) are conducted and re-assessed at least twice a year of all enrolled VPI children. Identifies nutritional problems relating to conditions such as obesity, anemia, hypertension and diabetes and refer families as soon as possible to appropriate community resources and document. Designs and implements a nutrition program that meets the nutritional and medical feeding needs of all children. Coordinates regularly with School Nutrition Services to ensure that USDA feeding/nutrient requirements are met and that all enrolled children receive nutritious meals and snacks, and proportions are correct. Monitors classes regularly to promote appropriate dental hygiene. Provides each child with a toothbrush to use at school at least 3 times a year and as needed. Attends school, community and professional meetings as requested. Attends staff development training(s), workshops, conferences, (state, regional and national), that applies to job responsibilities as identified by supervisor to increase competence in job performance and professional growth. Performs other duties as assigned.

GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: The Health Specialist coordinates all phases of Health Services including medical and dental services for VPI Programs, collaborate with community public and private health providers and function as a health advocate for the students and their families. Work requires frequent standing, sitting, walking and light lifting up to 10 pounds. Effective verbal and written communication skills for expressing or exchanging ideas, hearing to perceive information at a normal spoken word level.

REPORTS TO: VPI Plus Coordinator and VPI Manager

PAY SCHEDULE: Unified Pay Schedule, Pay Grade 116

LENGTH OF CONTRACT: 191 Days (9.5 months) – 8 Hours

FLSA: Exempt