Wic Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Harris County
Full Time TX 2223 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027, United States Apply before 7/6/2024 11:59
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Overview

Harris County Public Health has earned the 2023 Best Place for Working Parents Business Designation.


 About Harris County Public Health:

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Position Overview: 

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a paraprofessional support person who promotes breastfeeding as the optimal method of infant feeding among WIC participants, both individually and in group settings. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor may be expected to work outside of the WIC Clinic environment, including making home or hospital visits to WIC clients. The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor may assist the WIC Lactation Consultant and other WIC staff as assigned by Site Supervisor or Breastfeeding Promotion Coordinator. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides information and promotes breastfeeding to WIC participants and to the community.

  • Counsels WIC participants individually to identify barriers and optimize their breastfeeding success by assessing, evaluating, addressing and following-up on WIC client breastfeeding issues effectively.

  • Makes telephone follow ups with WIC breastfeeding participants to support breastfeeding and identify clients needing more advanced care. 

  • Shall be assigned to answer the Breastfeeding After-hours Helpline during non-traditional work hours.

  • Makes appropriate referrals to the WIC Lactation Consultant within program guidelines.

  • Attends initial and on-going breastfeeding training provided by WIC Program staff.

  • May be assigned to deliver breast pumps to WIC participants in the hospital or at home.

  • Conducts WIC Nutrition Education classes about the benefits of breastfeeding.

  • Completes required reports on breastfeeding promotion activities and submits to Breastfeeding Promotions Coordinator by deadline.

  • Maintains breast pumps and/or equipment according to sanitation guidelines, equipment directions and local policies.

  • Maintains adequate stock of breastfeeding supplies and educational materials.

  •  Perform other duties as assigned. 

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email 
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 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

Requirements

Education:
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
Experience:
  • Must be a current or previous WIC participant
  • Must have successfully breastfed at least one (1) baby
Licensure:
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License (TX upon hire)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)

  • Enthusiastic about breastfeeding and have a desire to share that enthusiasm with others.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently

Core Competencies:

Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission

  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust

  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others

Collaboration

  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group

  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs

Innovation

  • Ability to adapt to change

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment

  • Self-motivated

  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity 

Communication

  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Written and verbal English competency

  • Able to read and follow directions

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

Preferences

Language:

  • Bilingual: English and Spanish 
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