DeNiqua Matias

Newark, New Jersey 07112

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Health and Nutrition Specialist ,
15-06-2021
Summary: Responsible for the leadership, direction, and oversight in the areas of planning, development, and implementation of operational policies and procedures for health—including medical, dental, mental health, and nutrition for all children including those with disabilities. Implements the program’s management systems and procedures, i.e., involving families, planning, communication, record keeping and reporting, ongoing monitoring, and self-assessment. Works closely with the Registered Dietician to ensure nutritious meals are served to the children, and families have input into meal planning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (This list is not exhaustive, additional duties will be reviewed during orientation)
  • Schedule comprehensive screenings within forty-five (45) days and ninety (90) days and implement follow-up treatment services, as necessary.
  • Assure that all children maintain up-to-date age-appropriate schedule of well child care by obtaining or arranging treatment for all health problems detected on enrolled children.
  • Assist in the annual updates and revisions of health, nutritional, disabilities, mental health and nutrition plan and procedures in conjunction with the Health Services Advisory Committee, Policy Council, and parents.
  • Ensure the maintenance of individual health records of all children and maintains a health tracking system. Analyze HDNIA reports and follow-up or through on identified needs.
  • Organize a Health Services Advisory Committee for input, recommendations into the comprehensive delivery of health care services to include medical, dental, mental health and nutrition.
  • Counsel parents regarding the health/nutrition problems of their children, design and conduct health/nutrition education for parents and staff. Develops Individual Health Care Plans as needed.
  • Develop a list of local health/nutrition resources and establishes working relationships with local providers through contractual agreements, as appropriate.
  • Maintain an accurate record of the children needing special diets and ensures the RD adjusts menus to meet those special dietary needs.
  • Monitor and provide training on the administration of all medication, in accordance with State requirements and agency’s procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all health records.
  • Work with center staff and parents to implement short-term exclusion policy.
  • Monitor food services facilities and serving areas to ensure compliance with good health and sanitation conditions.
  • Monitor food preparations, meal services, storage areas, equipment, and supplies (including vehicles used to transport food); assure the proper portions of food are delivered to all classrooms.
  • Ensures that program staff has an initial health examination and periodic checkups as required by state or federal agency health requirements.
  • Attend all pre-service, in-service training, management meetings, agency events and appropriate professional and educational conferences and meetings to develop and enhance knowledge and skills as requested.
  • Assist garnering for in-kind for health/nutrition services.
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