A WIC Competent Paraprofessional Authority (CPPA) provides services to WIC clients such as income eligibility determination, health screening, health care and other referrals, and basic nutrition education to low-risk participants. The CPPA will assist the Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in certifying WIC participants.
This position does not have supervisory responsibilities. Employees receive general supervision from a designated higher-level staff person, such as a Competent Professional Authority (CPA), Nutrition Coordinator, or Program Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Include the following (other duties may be assigned).
- Interviews participants to obtain socioeconomic, health and dietary information following the DC WIC State Agency-provided assessment tools.
- Educates participants regarding their rights and responsibilities, the food delivery system, WIC foods and certification schedule.
- Performs and records height and weight measurements.
- Performs and records biochemical measurements, such as hemoglobin or lead tests.
- Screens the health and nutritional status of participants and identifies problems that place them at nutritional risk.
- Provides basic nutrition education to non-high risk participants either individually or in a group setting with established curriculum and under the supervision of the CPA, Nutrition Coordinator, or Program Director.
- Promotes the advantages of breastfeeding to all prenatal participants unless contraindicated for health reasons.
- Provides substance abuse and smoking cessation information.
- Provides referrals as appropriate and identified during the screening process.
- Completes food prescription for standard contract formulas in powder or concentrate form.
- Completes default food prescription for non-high risk women and children per WIC State Agency policy.
- Refers high-risk participants, breastfeeding participants, and participants with questions or concerns beyond the CPPA scope of work to CPA in accordance with WIC State Agency policy.
- Maintains caseload as determined by the WIC Director.
- Documents all contacts made with WIC participants in the DC WIC CARES system.
- Issues food benefits in accordance with WIC State Agency policy.
- Performs additional tasks assigned by supervisor, as needed.
- Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health Education, Nursing, or related field. LPN and Dietetic Technicians preferred.
· Must complete State Agency-required training with a passing grade on an administered exam upon completion of training.
· Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
- Strong computer skills.
- Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent customer service and time management skills.
- Ability to work well in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
- Willingness to work at multiple Unity sites.
· Follows Local Agency guidelines concerning attendance, scheduling, meetings, holidays, sick days, emergencies, etc.
· Follows all site rules and performs work duties as designated, individually or part of a team.
· Attends mandatory staff trainings for Unity and for the DC WIC State Agency.
· Uses office equipment for work related purposes only.
· Respects each client by keeping their information strictly confidential.