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Healthy Steps Specialist

Company: Children's Home Society of North Carolina
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Purpose:

The Children's Home Society of NC's Bilingual HealthySteps Specialist will provide education and support to Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers of children 0-3 within a pediatric setting to facilitate children's healthy growth and development.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-office visits with Spanish-speaking parents, caregivers and their young children, either jointly with the physician, pediatric nurse, or alone
  • Work closely with pediatric providers around care coordination, goal setting, coaching, and education about key aspects of child development
  • Provide anticipatory guidance to parents and other primary care givers around common concerns such as early learning, fussiness, sleep, feeding, discipline, toilet training, etc.
  • Coordinate the following: developmental and behavioral screenings for children, identifying protective and risk factors with families, and maternal depression screenings
  • Track progress made in ongoing checkups that examine both child development and family factors
  • Work closely with the pediatric team and Family Connects home-visitors as a resource for developmental and parenting concerns
  • Collaborate with the HealthySteps Coordinator
  • Participate in regularly scheduled reflective supervision
  • Participate when appropriate in community-wide early childhood meetings
  • Participate in case consultation discussions with other HealthySteps Specialists and Family Connects home-visitors working on the initiative
  • Facilitate parent and caregiver education groups as needed
  • Provide referrals and track follow-up, as appropriate, to help families make connections to key resources within the community
  • Perform other duties related to program goals and projects as needed
  • Upon acceptance of position, CHS employee may be required to undergo additional health and background screenings required by the pediatric office they serve. These screenings could include, but are not limited to, additional drug and health screenings i.e. TB test, Hepatitis B vaccinations, etc., review of vaccination records. While on site, the CHS employee will be expected to follow all pediatric practice requirements - standards of conduct, dress code, etc.

General Requirements:

  • Display sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics
  • Maintain a valid North Carolina driver's license, adequate auto insurance, and have access to an operating vehicle in order to attend to CHS business

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree required in psychology or social work or related human services field preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish required
  • Preference given to licensed and currently registered to practice in North Carolina
  • Experience and knowledge about early child growth and development, parent-child relationships, child health, and family systems
  • Experience assessing the growth and development of infants and children under three years of age
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in child development issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved populations in a community setting.
  • Must be empathetic, supportive, and patient
  • Strong motivational interviewing skills
  • Ability to work with people of many cultures
  • Ability to take initiative and willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well both in teams and independently
  • Ability to collect and enter data for program management, evaluation, and reporting purposes
  • Interest in the use of technology to improve care quality is a plus
  • Ability to work and travel within Guilford County

Keywords: Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Greensboro , Healthy Steps Specialist, Other , Greensboro, North Carolina

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