WIC Certifier – Bilingual – Float

YVFWC has a compulsory vaccination policy including the Covid-19 primary series, the organization does not mandate the Covid-19 booster although it is offered through our employee health department. Medical and religious exemptions to the primary series will be considered and for those approved, the employee should anticipate following appropriate guidance around masking and other protective equipment offered. 

Position is responsible for assessing pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under five years of age for eligibility to participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.  The assessment is based on the evaluation of income, current health and health history, and nutrition adequacy. Provides basic nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and referrals to other community agencies.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities/Duties

  • Informs and educates clients of the WIC program, policies, procedures and objectives.
  • Educates clients on usage of WIC benefits.
  • Completes assessment to determine eligibility for program including factors of income, nutrition needs and client category. Completes certification per federal and state guidelines.
  • Performs point of care hemoglobin testing and anthropometric measures to evaluate health and determine risk status. Interprets results per federal and state guidelines.
  • Assesses client nutrition needs and provides referrals to the Dietitian for high risk or special need participants.
  • Makes referrals for social services to internal and external agencies as needed.
  • Utilizes knowledge of the nutritional needs of infants, children, prenatal and postpartum women along with assessment information to provide participant-centered recommendations and counseling on nutrition. Engages the participant to set goals to improve their health outcomes. Considers the client’s interests, concerns and effectiveness of previous sessions.
  • Utilizes knowledge of basic evidenced-based breastfeeding techniques to educate clients on the benefits and basics of normal breastfeeding.
  • Assigns and issues the WIC food package most appropriate to the participants’ category, risk, and personal preferences per federal and state guidelines.
  • Completes client charts and updates participant information per state and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) policies.
  • Documents nutrition assessment data, health history, diet assessment, care plans and nutrition education provided.
  • Provides client-centered customer service, manages clinic flow including answering phone calls, and scheduling appointments.
  • Maintains awareness of community demographics, resources, and needs. Performs outreach activities as assigned.
  • Performs quality assurance procedures including conducting inventory checks, peer chart review and quality control checks on point of care machines.
  • Performs clinical responsibilities in alignment with The Joint Commission (TJC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and YVFWC requirements.

Qualifications

  • Education: High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Experience: One year of customer service experience. An Associate’s degree may replace experience. Reception experience preferred. Nutrition education training or experience preferred. Experience working with children and infants preferred. 
    Previous WIC Certifier or Educator experience preferred. 
  • Professional Licenses/Certificates/Registration: Medical Assistant – Registered required. Certificate obtained within one year’s employment. WIC Certification required once training period is completed.
  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Bilingual (English/Spanish) required. Must demonstrate the ability to communicate at level 9 on the language proficiency scale to receive bilingual differential pay. The Program Director may designate some FTEs as non-bilingual WIC Certifier positions. Ability to prioritize work and handle a variety of tasks simultaneously, with frequent interruptions. Ability to effectively interact with women, caregivers, infants, children and staff in a professional manner. General knowledge in culturally appropriate practice. Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office and Electronic Health Records. Knowledge about basic nutrition concepts desired. 

About YVFWC

We serve more than 181,000 patients across 25 medical clinics, 14 dental clinics, 10 pharmacies, and 64 program sites in two states. We are Level 3 Certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). With integrated services including medical, dental, pharmacy, orthodontia, primary care nutritional counseling, autism screening, and primary care behavioral health, YVFWC’s patient-centered model of care offers patients the full spectrum of care and shelter assistance, energy assistance, weatherization, HIV and AIDS counseling and testing, home visits, and four mobile medical/dental clinics.

Working at YVFWC

Working in our organization means being the passionate champion for those who have no voice. It means having the opportunity to work with underserved populations and with peers committed to the same work.

At Farm Workers Clinic

  • We will consistently trust one another to work for the common good.
  • We will foster integrity by demonstrating ethical behavior and insisting on doing what we say we will do.
  • We will demonstrate transparency by being candid and truthful no matter the risk.
  • We will create partnerships to strengthen ourselves and our community.
  • We will fight for just treatment for all individuals.
  • We will let joy in.
  • We have the courage to be an agent of change and refuse anything short of excellence.

Our mission celebrates diversity. We are committed to equal opportunity employment.

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