Public Health Nutrition Educator

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Supplemental Information Job Number: OPH/CG/1371

This position is located within the Louisiana Department of Health l Office of Public Health l East Baton Rouge PHU l East Baton Rouge Parish.

Cost Center: 0326-9171
Position Number(s): 59770

This vacancy is being announced as a Classified position and may be filled as a Probationary Appointment or Promotional Appointment. *Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of job experience on application.*.
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the 'Apply' link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

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The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at www.jobs.la.gov).

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Ciera Green @ ciera.green@la.gov
P.O. BOX 4818 BATON ROUGE, LA 70821
225 342-6477

This organization participates in E-verify, and for more information on E-verify, please contact DHS at 1-888-464-4218.
One year of clerical, health related customer service, food service, or extension service work.

College training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for the one year of experience.

Vocational training in a dietetic assistant curriculum at a recognized vocational school will substitute for the required experience on a month for month basis. NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Job Concepts Function of Work:
To assist the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) professional staff by providing basic information to program participants regarding program guidelines, use of vouchers, and nutrition education as well as monitoring WIC vendor compliance.

Level of Work:

Supervision Received:
Close from Public Health Nutritionist 3 or 4 (Parish Nutritionist Supervisor).

Supervision Exercised:

Location of Work:
Department of Health and Hospitals; Office of Public Health, WIC Program.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Nutrition Aides by the focus on activities related to basic nutrition education for WIC program participants, vendor monitoring and documentation in the medical record.

Differs from the Public Health Nutritionist Intern by the absence of performing professional level duties and participation as an intern in the OPH Approved Pre-professional Planned Program (AP4).

Differs from Public Health Nutritionist 1 by the absence of responsibility for determining nutrition risk and eligibility. Examples of Work Educates WIC program participants and/or primary caretakers regarding general nutrition, the purpose of the WIC program, participation guidelines and patient rights, the rationale for specific food items in the voucher/draft packages, use of the food vouchers/drafts, and the value of breast-feeding.

Surveys seasonal availability, supply and cost of food to assist clients in planning and preparing healthful meals within a budget.

Exhibits nutrition education materials on bulletin boards by use of posters and displays WIC food items, pamphlets, etc. throughout the patient flow areas of the health unit.

Purchases and prepares food items listed on the WIC drafts using approved recipes for demonstrations and tasting sessions to introduce innovative ways of serving the foods.

Plans lessons and provides direct basic nutrition education to individual WIC Program participants; documents in the medical record the specific lesson provided, relevant handouts and recipes, and plans for other nutrition education topics based on observed or stated needs.

Schedules and conducts shopping trips to WIC vendors with program participants who need special assistance.

Conducts federally mandated vendor monitoring of Louisiana WIC approved vendors by: Visiting the stores to document the inventory for compliance with minimum stock levels of approved WIC foods; Assuring adherence to WIC Food Instrument redemption procedures; Providing training to management and cashier staff regarding food packaging changes or any policy changes relative to WIC Food Instrument redemption; Securing a vendor or designated staff signature; Gathering information regarding grocer/patient complaints or allegations of fraud; Forwarding information to the Vendor Manager in the Nutrition Services central office in the Office of Public Health.

Manages the breast pump loan program by weekly monitoring the loan duration and the need for a pump.

Prepares monthly nutrition education activity reports and conducts an annual patient survey for the WIC program evaluation.

Distributes posters, flyers and pamphlets to encourage participation in the WIC program and documents these activities in the quarterly outreach report.

Refers WIC participants to other food, health and social assistance programs in the area.

Contacts participants (by phone, letter, or home visits) immediately following a missed appointment for re-scheduling to maintain WIC participation levels.

Participates in continuing education activities such as quarterly and statewide workshops presented by Nutrition Services.
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