Community Health Technician (Breastfeeding Peer Counselor)
DEPARTMENT: Duplin County Health Department
SALARY: Grade 56 $ 13.50 per hour (Part Time Position Working 18 Hours Per Week)
OPENING DATE: July 1, 2020 “OPEN UNTIL FILLED”
APPLY AT: Duplin County Personnel Office
County Administration Building
224 Seminary Street
Kenansville, NC 28349
“Equal Opportunity Employer”
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The primary purpose of the local public health agency is to promote and protect the health of the citizens of its county or service area through the administration and /or implementation of a wide variety of public health programs, including the Women’s and Children’s Health (WCH) programs. Among the WCH services are maternal health, women’s preventative health, child health, immunizations, breastfeeding promotion, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and other nutrition services.
SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Provides consultation, clinical and emotional support to a caseload of prenatal and breastfeeding women and their families.
Assists women and babies in learning techniques of breastfeeding, including positioning and anticipatory guidance to reduce the occurrence of problems. Discusses appropriateness of using and assists women in obtaining breastfeeding aids (electric and manual breast pumps, etc.).
- Scheduled and unscheduled phone contact to women with breastfeeding problems within scope of practice
- Appropriate counseling when discussing breastfeeding concerns
- Anticipatory guidance based on assessment
- Recommendations for referrals to the breastfeeding peer counselor program manager, nurse, nutritionist, or lactation consultant when concerns and problems are identified
- Reports on caseload to the breastfeeding peer counselor program manager.
- Assesses breastfeeding mothers and infants in the health department, hospital, or home using established protocol to identify mother in need of personal attention. Assesses mother’s concerns/problems and is trained to know when referrals are appropriate following protocols targeted for the different stages of breastfeeding.
Assists mothers in implementing special plans for the continuing of breastfeeding in situations such as:
- Minor illnesses
- Returning to work or school
- Temporary mother-baby separation
- Minor variations in milk supply
- Moderate breast engorgement or plugged ducts.
- Promotes and encourages breastfeeding as the ideal method of infant feeding to pregnant women through small discussion groups, prenatal classes, and other community outreach.
Documents in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and maintains records for:
- Client contacts
- Breastfeeding education activities
- Services provided to all clients
All documentation will follow policies and procedures set forth in the breastfeeding peer counselor guide and other local agency manuals.
Participates in breastfeeding continuing education training to remain current on breastfeeding information.
Spear head breastfeeding classes, breastfeeding celebrations, and breastfeeding support groups in Duplin County.
While the following tests are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.
2% Other duties
- Serves as team member during disease outbreaks.
- Serves as team member during disasters for staffing of emergency shelters
- Other duties as directed by supervisor
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from high school or equivalency: breastfed an infant.