WIC Nutritionist Aide

La Clinica De La Raza - Oakland, CA3.6

Who we are: La Clínica de La Raza is a community-based health center committed to providing culturally appropriate, high-quality, and accessible health care to the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. We have spent over 40 years advocating for and creating a health home for the many that have been denied access to care. As health care activists, we are dedicated to making sure individuals who do not have health coverage get the same level of quality healthcare as those who have it. From our genesis as a community health center in 1971, we understood that we cannot heal our communities without also addressing the economic and social factors that affect health. Many times, this requires that we go outside and provide services in other settings to build the bridge that links individuals to our health center for preventive and primary care. Over 90,000 individuals come to La Clínica because it is a welcoming place that addresses the whole person, coordinating and connecting them to a broad network of services to improve and maintain their health and well-being. While we are still known for our activism and spirit of social justice, we are also proud to have grown into a sophisticated provider of primary health care services with 35 sites across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties.

About the Position: Under general direction, the individual in this position is responsible for conducting nutrition screening, assessment and counseling, as well as implementing nutrition care plans and breastfeeding support for WIC participants (e.g. infants, children, prenatal/post-partum women).

Major Areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to:
Conducts nutrition screening, assessment and counseling, and implements nutrition care plans for all but high-risk WIC participants.
Assures appropriate records are updated (i.e. records nutrition assessment dates, follows-up on nutrition assessment appointments with Nutritionist II, obtains appropriate signatures on re-interview forms during appointments)
Maintains documentation by charting dietary intake and recording recommendation given to clients in family folders and medical records.
Teaches group classes.
Assists with the development translation and evaluation of culturally relevant nutrition education materials.
Attends weekly staff meetings and other workshops as required.
Other duties as assigned by WIC supervisor.
Requires completion or intent to complete CPA (Competent Professional Authority) certification as mandated by the state of California; minimum one year of individual nutrition counseling experience preferred.
Knowledge of contemporary principles and practices of nutrition; interpretation and implementation of nutrition guidelines for infant, children, and pregnant, and breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women.
Knowledge of nutritional value of foods; meal planning and preparation that is culturally appropriate; food safety.
Knowledge of principles, methods, and materials used in nutrition counseling, education, and screening.
Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing techniques preferred.
Ability to work independently as well as collectively on projects.
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Bilingual/Spanish required.