HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST - PEDIATRICS
HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST - PEDIATRICS
Healthy Steps is a national initiative that emphasizes a close relationship between health care professionals and parents to address the physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children from birth to age three. The Healthy Steps practices incorporate a Healthy Steps Specialist (HSS) who is a skilled professional that joins the pediatric practice to enhance the well-child visits for families with children from birth to three. The HSS works closely with Family Connects to support the development of a continuous,cohesive, community-wide system that begins at birth and continues to support and engage families through age 36 months.The HSS provides caregiver support to facilitate the development of attachment, self-regulation skills, and family resiliency and provides child development guidance to high-risk parents and other primary care givers with the goal of supporting the families in facilitating children's healthy growth and development.While HealthySteps is designed to provide support to parents of all social and economic backgrounds,it is particularly important to provide these services in low-income communities where infants and toddlers are vulnerable to the multiple risk factors associated with poverty. A strong background in child development, social work, mental health counseling, psychology,early childhood education or early intervention is an important requirement for this position.
Responsibilities of the HSS
• Conducting in-office visits with parents, caregivers and their young children, either jointly with the physician/pediatric nurse practitioner or alone.
• Working closely with pediatric providers around care coordination,goal setting,counseling,coaching and education about key aspect of a child's development.
• Providing anticipatory guidance to parents and other primary care givers around common concerns such as early learning, fussiness, sleep, feeding, discipline, toilettraining, etc.
• Coordinating the following: Developmental and behavioral screeningsfor children, identifying protective and risk factors with families, and maternal depression screenings.
• Tracking progress made in ongoing checkups that examine both child development and family factors.
• Working closely with the pediatric team and Family Connects home-visitors as a resource for developmental and parenting concerns.
• Conducting possible ad hoc home visits as needed and accompanying patients to key medical,specialty and community agency appointments as needed.
• Collaborating with Healthy Steps Coordinator and participating in weekly reflective supervision meetings.
• Participating when appropriate in community-wide early childhood meetings.
• Participating in case consultation discussions with other Healthy Steps Specialists and Family Connects home-visitors working on the initiative.
• Facilitating potential parents'/caregivers'education groups.
• Providing referrals and trackingfollow-up, as appropriate, to help families make connections to key resources within the community.
• Preference given to licensed and currently registered to practice psychology or social work in North Carolina.
• Experience and knowledge about early child growth and development,parent-childrelationships,child health, and family systems.
• Minimum of two years' experience working with families.
•Experience assessing the growth and development of infants and children under three years of age.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated expertise in child development issues.
• Demonstrated commitment to working with underserved populations in a community setting.
• Must be empathic, supportive and patient.
• Strong motivational interviewing skills.
• Ability to work with people of many cultures.
• Ability to take initiative and willingness to learn.
• Ability to work well both in teams and independently.
• Ability to collect and enter data for program management, evaluation and reporting purposes.
• Interest in the use of technology to improve care quality a plus.
• Ability to work and travel within Durham County.
1122 HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Job Family Level
Full Time / Part Time
Regular / Temporary
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion,sexual orientation, or veteran status.Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Work requires a bachelor's degree in Public Health, Psychology,Nursing, Sociology or related health field.
Work requires three years of experience in community or industrialhealth related work. A Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work,Counseling or related field may substitute for the required experienceon a 1:1 basis, that is a two year Master's degree in lieu of two yearsof experience.OR AND EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.