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Scott County Community Health Specialist - WIC in Shakopee, Minnesota

Salary $51,940.00 - $64,925.00 Annually Location Shakopee, MN Job Type Full Time Division Health & Human Services Job Number 2021-00080 Job Summary The eligible register developed from this posting may be used to fill future FT and PT vacancies within this classification.Performs a variety of activities and tasks in implementing Public Health activities and interventions for the Women Infants and Children's (WIC) program. This position provides community engagement, capacity-building, outreach, networking and health promotion, and prevention education to various diverse communities, faith-based entities, non-profit organizations, hard to reach populations, and others. Promotes and maintains the health of the community and collaborates with internal and external partners. Works collaboratively to inform and develop sustained public health strategies and projects that address community health needs. Ensures health education and communication services are culturally informed. Longer term work activities focus on advancing population-based interventions aimed at addressing the root cause and social determinants of health known to negatively impact health outcomes. This is a two-year grant-funded position with the possibility for renewal. Opportunities for part-time work are available. Schedule will be determined with finalists. Essential Duties Uses bilingual or multilingual language skills to serve participants and the public as needed. Works the hours and/or shifts assigned and begins and ends work on time. Performs other related duties as required or assigned. Provides emergency/disaster public health services, including emergency preparedness activities as required. POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES Incumbents assigned to WIC are responsible for: Obtains information from applicants to the WIC Program to determine eligibility and accurately enters information collected onto WIC computer forms or directly into the computer. Performs health and nutrition screening tests according to standard procedures. Provides nutrition education to all participants, teaches participants how they can change their diets to be healthier, and assists participants in goal setting to achieve a positive change in food habits. Determines appropriate food package for participants based on assessed needs. Develops and implements client-centered services for participants. Assesses the participants' health and nutrition status based on nutrition screening, assigns WIC risk codes and priority, and records test results, risk codes, and priority into the computer system. Monitors and re-evaluates participants' health and nutritional status on an ongoing basis. Issues regular and special food packages, pre-approved special formula, and extra food for exclusively breastfeeding women. Explains WIC program policies, procedures, rights, and responsibilities to WIC participants. Assists with clerical duties such as, but not limited to filing, data entry, and appointment scheduling; records in participant's chart; handles phone calls; assists clinic coordinator; and provides basic clinic information over the phone. Minimum Qualifications You must meet ONE of the following minimum qualifications to qualify for the Community Health Specialist position: High school diploma or GED and 10 years of experience with public health, health promotion or coaching, community-based planning and organizing, or nutrition High school diploma or GED and 1 or more years of college or technical school and 8 years of experience with public health, health promotion or coaching, community-based planning and organizing, or nutrition Associate's Degree in Public Health, Community Planning, Public Policy, Nutrition, or related field and 6 years of experience with public health, health promotion or coaching, community-based planning and organizing, or nutrition Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Community Planning, Public Policy, Nutrition, or related field and two years of experie

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