Catching a visual impairment or developmental delay makes a world of difference in a young child’s life. The Health Assistant will work collaboratively with the family engagement and health team to ensure every Community Action Head Start child receives timely check-ups, screenings, and proper referrals. Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and communities? If so, join us as we support impactful programs across Escambia County and Northwest Florida to create positive outcomes for children and families served.  If you’re up for the challenge, apply today.

• Open Date: October 1, 2021 Closing Date: Open until filled

• Salary: $14.43 per hour / 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt – Benefits Eligible

Overview:  The Health Assistant will work collaboratively with the Family Engagement and Health team at Community Action Program Committee, Inc.-Pensacola to ensure the health and well-being of all Early Head Start and Head Start children. The Health Assistant will help the agency achieve the best health and well-being outcomes for children of all abilities by actively ensuring the successful completion of screenings, timely follow-up, and data entry. The Healthy Assistant will ultimately be evaluated on a combination of skills, dispositions, and behaviors, some of which are related to the specific service area of this position and others that represent general expectations of all CAPC employees.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

The  Health Assistant will demonstrate competency to perform functions that include:

  • Assist with the completion of all 45 day and 90-day health screenings, including using hearing and vision machines for internal screenings on children. Complete data entry using our agency-wide database system.
  • Assist in distributing a variety of health screening/requirement letters to parents
  • Assist with healthy and safety audits as needed. Contribute to establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment.
  • Support the Family Engagement and Health team members to assure that a determination of a medical and dental home and insurance is made within 30 days of a child entering the program and a determination of the child’s EPSDT status is made within 90 days of a child entering a program. Assist with the completion of various EPSDT/ controlled health screenings using machines for internal screenings on children (i.e. growth assessments, blood pressure, hemoglobin).
  • Develop and implement strategies with the Family Engagement and Health team to ensure that all children are current on EPSDT requirements, including receiving timely evaluation and treatment for identified concerns.
  • Ensure child ratio rules and regulations are observed during center-based screening days.
  • Monitor center health and screening supplies, first aid kits, concern lists, and medication.
  • Strategize with Family Engagement and Health Coordinators regarding center-wide innovations/incentives to maintain current health documentation.
  • Participate in assigned meetings, events, and training as required.
  • Support the Family Engagement and Health team in obtaining medical release forms from families. Use medical release forms to contact providers to obtain necessary screenings.

Enhance Program Collaboration

Build relationships that will enhance communication and collaboration among internal and external stakeholders

  • Work alongside health, early learning, disabilities, and other members of the family engagement team to support families to be fully engaged in all aspects of our program.
  • Encourage the involvement of families of Head Start children in their child’s health.
  • Inform appropriate leadership regarding children with allergies, chronic health conditions, or special needs to assure medical documentation is received and case conferences occur prior to entry.
  • Support regular coordination and communication with health, nutrition, and disabilities team members to provide more intensive support to families of children with chronic health conditions and special needs, including targeted goal setting, and assistance with building family advocacy skills to navigate community systems of care for their children.

ERSEA

  • Support the ERSEA team in securing health requirements documentation during the application and enrollment process, including follow-up with families after entry regarding outstanding health documentation.
  • Review health documents that are required for entry to ensure they meet licensing requirements.
  • Work with the ERSEA team to assist families on the waitlist to secure required health documents, for entry into the program.
  • Proactively support Family Advocates and families to obtain outstanding health items that would exclude a child from the program.
  • Support the team with monitoring chronic absenteeism for children with acute and chronic health conditions.

Maintain Accurate and Timely Record-Keeping and Reporting/Monitoring

  • Effectively manage workload and ensure accurate record-keeping and documentation
  • Maintain accurate electronic and hard copy records and case notes to support positive child and family outcomes. Assure that all Health-related items documents/information is accurately captured and documented in electronic and hard copy records.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Education / Experience: High School Diploma required.  An associate degree in a health or human services-related field is strongly preferred. Previous work experience in the health field, notably with children and families, is required.  At least three years of experience working with diverse families in low-income communities on health and wellness interventions, including evidence-based strategies to reduce health disparities, with supervisory responsibilities. Background and understanding of child preventative health, including health requirements for children 0-5, is required.

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc is an EOE; participates in E-Verify; and Advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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