Head Start Health Specialist

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Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Monitor sites to ensure health assessments are completed and that special needs of children as prescribed by their physician are being met.
2. Consult health specialists concerning needs of children and children with serious medical problems.
3. Monitor compliance with health guidelines and standards at each site.
4. Assure that on-going education and counseling for parents is provided to institute proper family-based health at home.
5. Work closely with other coordinators in developing educational programs that infuse health education with consumerism.
6. Attend approved professional meeting related to health and nutrition
7. Meet with Policy Committee and health Services Advisory Committee to review the health services.
8. Assist sites with the development and implementation of health and dental related training for staff and parents.
9. Assist in preparation of budget and any written plans for the health component.
10. Prepare, maintain, and/or submit proper documentation for health services.
11. Notify the Project Director of known or suspected illness of employees or volunteers.
12. Work cooperatively and responsibly as a member of a team with program staff and supervisor.
13. Organize a committee of professional health advisors, staff and parents to assist in planning, monitoring, and evaluating health services and to obtain medical assistance as needed.
14. Monitor sites to ensure accurate record keeping procedures are in place to demonstrate compliance with federal standards.
15. Assist sites in coordinating services for medical screenings and tests.
16. Work with center staff to facilitate screening needs of the program.
17. Participate in self-assessment as requested.
18. Work with coordinators and staff to meet performance standards.
19. Provide training and technical assistance in health, health/dental education, community health services, health/dental component plan, general health care, and procuring necessary health services in local programs.
20. Utilize the nursing process in assessing children, staff and parents.
21. Assess children’s needs based on screening data.
22. Consult with parents regarding need for follow-through care.
23. Facilitate referrals for follow-through care and other component services.
24. Follow-up on referrals made to outside agencies and other coordinators.
25. Assure accurate record keeping of treatment program and services.
26. Provide health, dental and nutritional services data for local programs for inclusion in required reports.
27. Have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license for travel.
28. Demonstrates a commitment to the welfare of the families the program serves, and to the delivery of quality services.
29. Acts as a representative of the YWCA/Head Start Program at all times.
30. May be required to travel using personal vehicle during the course of work.
31. Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or other management.

  • Bachelor’s in Nursing, R.N., P.H.N.
  • Three years health-related experience.
  • One year of preschool or early childhood development experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of community health resources, i.e. medical, dental, nutrition, and mental health.
  • Good skills in data collection, report writing and record keeping.
  • Skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of program development.
  • Experience in establishing a collaborative relationship with community health agencies.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and valid insurance on personal vehicle driven during the course of work.
This job requires a bachelor's degree and 3 years of experience.

This job has some special requirements. You must possess a private drivers license, pass an employment test, pass a physical examination and undergo a reference or security check.

Must have a valid driver's license and personal insurance on his/her motor vehicle for travel to various sites.