External applications for this position will be accepted thru December 9, 2019.
This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week position with a full comprehensive benefits package. The pay rate is $17.2308 per hour.
Functions as a WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) clinic nutritionist by providing nutrition education for the WIC program by determining nutrition risk, setting goals for behavior change pertaining to nutrition and breastfeeding, providing supplemental foods, and developing and distributing nutrition educational materials.
• Determines participants’ WIC eligibility based on nutrition risk by assessing diet, history, and determines nutritional risk factors for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants or children up to five (5) years of age for the WIC program according to State and Federal regulations.
• Completes and records physical assessment of client height, weight, and hemoglobin (finger stick or Pronto device). Interprets growth charts and calculates gestation periods.
• Educates on nutrition and breastfeeding using Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) to set behavior change goals. Educating includes explaining WIC program services and goals, use of benefits, participant rights and responsibilities, and supplemental food packages, documenting as required by State and Federal regulations and documents explanations.
• Provides basic nutrition education to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants, or children up to five (5) years of age and develops and documents a nutrition care plan for high-risk patients, educates and counsels clients according to established protocol and documents in the medical record according to established procedures.
• Plans, conducts, and documents high risk and secondary nutrition education sessions for participants.
• Serves as an information resource for clients and staff. This includes answering telephone and clinic questions, advising patients regarding formula intolerance, medical services and nutrition needs, and referring appropriate clients to other resources.
• Coordinates WIC services with other Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programs to provide integrated health care to clients.
• Assesses the immunization status of all infants and children and request appropriate documentation as needed.
• Provides Nutrition Support Services to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Prenatal Program. This includes participating in conferences, teaching classes, and coordinating services as needed.
• Attend special events, such as health fairs, to raise public awareness about the WIC program as well as health and nutrition issues. The WIC Nutritionist will need to travel to different clinic service locations and may perform home hospital visits with clients. Additional duties might include preparation of educational materials and outreach initiatives.
• Performs routine duties pertaining to position such as referring clients to other programs and agencies as needed, staying informed on current research findings, assisting in all administrative functions of WIC clinic, performing duties of other staff members when necessary due to absence.
• Issues and receives Verification of Certification forms, assists in audits and needs assessments as needed, assists in training new employees and students, and adheres to health department policy on client confidentiality
• Attends and participates in staff, department and regional meetings regarding WIC program
• Prescribe supplemental food package, assess need for breastfeeding pumps and supplies, and issues in accordance with Federal, State and Local policies and procedures.
• Refer participants to appropriate community, health and human service resources as needed.
• Issue and maintain inventory of returned formula, breast pumps and supplies, and educational material according to policy.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND # YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Must have one of the following: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Nutrition or Dietetics or related degree; OR Associate’s Degree with NDTR certification (Nutrition and Dietetic technician) with one year experience. Applicable experience is in one of the following areas: customer service, client services, clinic service or public sector service.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014.
Vision: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation.
Mission: Helping Lexington be well.
Values: We commit to being...
Caring: We will treat our clients, community and coworkers with compassion and kindness.
Accountable: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Respectful: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Equitable: We will provide services and care equitably to all of our clients throughout the community.
Service: We are here to serve our clients and community.
LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit wwww.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org to learn more about LFCHD!
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals).
Employee benefits summary:
Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account.
Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month.
Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive.
Additional benefits include basic life insurance and long term disability; cafeteria plans; wellness program, employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and tuition reimbursement program.
Retirement Benefits include the
Kentucky Employees' Retirement System and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.