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WIC Certifier

People's Health Centers | St. Louis, MO | Full Time

Job Description

People's Health Centers is looking to hire a WIC Certifier.  In addition to the duties listed, all opportunities require a passion to serve the community.

 

Summary:  The trained WIC Certifier is a paraprofessional who assists in collecting and entering data needed for the certification process in the Missouri WIC Information Network System (MOWINS).  The Nutrition Coordinator shall supervise the WIC Certifier for nutrition education, issuing food prescriptions, and risk factors assignment.  The Nutrition Coordinator may delegate the day- to-day supervision of the WIC Certifier regarding program standard eligibility duties and activities to the CPA. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Assists in obtaining certification data such as; demographics, height/length, and weight measurements, hemoglobin/hematocrit values, oral assessments, nutritional assessments, and other necessary medical and/or health information to certify WIC participants and documents findings.

Assist in the promotion of breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding.

Inform participants of their qualifying risk factors for program eligibility and participant's rights and obligations.

Enter certification data on the appropriate screens in MOWINS, including VENA questions.  Assess the questions with an asterisk.

Determine eligibility by assigning risk factors except Risk Factors 401, 428 and 501.

Prescribe the standard WIC food package, standard contract formulas in accordance with the Food and Formula Reference sheets.

Perform the change of category or recertification procedure on a breastfeeding woman who is changing to a non-breastfeeding category; after the CPA has counseled the WIC participant on nutritional needs and determined appropriate food package.

Provide all aspects of the initial education per the direction of the WIC Nutrition Coordinator.  Record the nutrition education contact in MOWINS.

Issue food instruments in accordance with State policy.

Instruct participants on food instrument issuance/redemption procedures.

Determine if participant is high-risk and schedule next appointment appropriately.  (If participant is determined to be high-risk, place on a cycle of 1 and schedule next appointment with nutritionist.) Complete the "S" (subject) if needed and the "P" (plan) in the SOAP note screen, e.g. "Participant is scheduled to see the nutritionist next month. If not high risk, place on a bimonthly cycle and schedule the participant's next appointment with the CPA or Nutritionist.

Participate in community outreach efforts as assigned by the WIC Nutrition Coordinator.

Refer participants to appropriate social, health and/or nutrition services.

Inform participants about the benefits and services of the WIC program.

Schedules participants for group education and individual counseling.

Participate in staff in-services and/or training sessions related to WIC policies/procedurals changes.

Provide ‘All Required’ contact at certification and recertification.

Other duties as assigned.

 

Education and/or Experience :                                           

Ideal Qualifications include some credits earned in a nutrition-related allied health program, at least six months experience as a WIC Health Professional Assistant (HPA), and  two years experience in a community health nutrition program.

Minimum Qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalency and successful completion of the State required training within the time designated by state WIC office.

Continuing Education:

Must complete a minimum of five (5) continuing nutrition education (CNE) hours per Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) by accessing training sessions provided by Missouri Nutrition Training Institute (NTI), WIC Works Learning On-Line (WLOL) Modules, DHSS Lactation Education modules on-line and attending State developed trainings, which are CPE approved by CDR.