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Healthy Start Case Manager

Department: Healthy Start
Location: Des Moines, IA

Purpose:

Provide comprehensive case management services (including family support, health education, and child development services) to pregnant women, interconceptional women, and/or infants/toddlers/children through five years of age and their families as part of the Healthy Start & Empowerment Projects. Provide information, health education, support, resources and referrals to participants to address family needs; parenting and self-advocacy skills; optimize perinatal and child health; promote child growth and development; and help families to progress toward identified goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with a caseload of pregnant and interconceptional women, and infants/toddlers/children through five years of age and their families as part of a project effort to reduce the infant mortality and low birth weight rates as well as ethnic/racial disparities in perinatal outcomes in the Healthy Start/Empowerment Project Areas
  • Plan, prepare and conduct regular home visits with participants/families engaged in the Healthy Start/Empowerment Projects. Maintain an average of 3 completed visits or attempted visits/completed visits per day
  • Facilitate the identification of family goals and strategies to achieve identified goals as desired by families with appropriate referrals and connections to community resources
  • Provide appropriate referrals with each family, assisting with access to community resources and collaborating with community agencies as appropriate
  • Respond appropriately using crisis intervention and problem solving techniques with families as needed
  • Conduct child development, depression, and health screenings; monitors and supports health promotion
  • Utilize prenatal, child development and parent education curricula with families during home visits at a minimum of 75% of face to face visits
  • Assist participants in establishing and maintaining medical/dental homes to obtain perinatal care; and comprehensive health care particularly for infants and/or toddlers
  • Provide information, advocacy, support and access to resources for breastfeeding, family planning and interconceptional care
  • Maintain accurate documentation of records and adhere to data entry guidelines, including participant evaluations
  • Implement and maintain Healthy Start and Empowerment Projects’ Best Practices and Standards
  • Attend monthly case management task force meetings
  • Participate in team meetings, supervision, case consultation, staffing, and training as required by Healthy Start and Empowerment Projects
  • Manage time, organization, and scheduling to meet client needs as well as other job duties and responsibilities
  • Use a family-centered; culturally sensitive approach to provide support and assistance to families
  • Utilize language interpretation/translation services and obtain pertinent information according to the culture and primary language of each pregnant or interconceptional woman, infant or toddler and their family as appropriate
  • Connect families to a wide-range of community resources and services responsive to the needs of families with pregnant women and/or young children
  • Engage in on-going personal professional development and training
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Sociology, Social Work, Child and Family Studies, Psychology or other related field of study
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working in family support, maternal/child health or relatable work experience required
  • Preference: Experience with home visiting
  • Preference: Fluent written and verbal bi-lingual communication skills in English and Spanish, Arabic, or Burmese
  • Ability to accept and work with diverse populations
  • Ability to complete an assessment, care plan and tracking forms
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to physically carry out various aspects of providing services in the participant/client’s home in a variety of environments over which there is very limited control
  • Good working knowledge of community resources and accessing these resources
  • Complies with accepted professional standards and practice
  • Valid Iowa Driver’s License and insurance coverage as required by Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa and State of Iowa Regulations, January 2014
  • Ability to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work with the management information system and complete data entry
  • Mandatory Reporter of Child and Dependent Adult abuse training certification (within 30 days of hire)
  • Must have valid driver's license, auto liability insurance and reliable transportation if driving is required
  • Successful completion of pre-employment physical, drug screen, 2-step TB test and background check

Working Conditions:

  • Physical requirements: Light work, sitting most of the time, exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a small amount of force constantly to move objects
  • Physical activities: Climbing, Balancing, Stooping, Kneeling, Crouching, Crawling, Reaching, Standing , Walking, Pushing, Pulling, Lifting, Talking, Fingering (picking, pinching, typing, etc.), Hearing, Grasping (applying pressure with fingers and palm), Repetitive motions, Feeling (perceiving size, shape, texture, temperature by touching), Visual acuity (field of vision for analyzing data, viewing computer, using measurement devices, operating machines, determining accuracy or neatness, and/or making general observations)
  • Environment: Exposure to varied temperatures, communicable diseases, dust, and stairs
  • Time: Ability to be flexible with a varying schedule and programmatic requirements
  • Travel: Required between locations

These characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be required to perform other duties to meet the on-going needs of the organization. 

HCI Care Services and VNS of Iowa is an equal opportunity employer. Employment practices are implemented without regard to race, creed, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information or on the basis of age or physical or mental disability unrelated to ability to perform the work required.

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