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WIC Peer Counselor

Company: CommonSpirit Health
Location: lakewood
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

**Overview**

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

**Responsibilities**

**Franciscan Medical Group is currently seeking a Peer Counselor for the Franciscan WIC Clinic in Lakewood. Positive team culture with a great, motivated learnng environment and rewarding work with women, chldren and families. Flexible work schedule with occasional weekends required.**

**Job Summary:**

This position is responsible for providing basic breastfeeding information, education, support, and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals. Support is given through phone contacts, home visits, WIC clinic classes and contact, and/or hospital visits. Client contact may occur outside usual clinic business hours and/or outside the WIC clinic environment.

**Essential Duties:**

**Provides peer counseling to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers by telephone, home visits, clinic visits, and/or hospital visits at scheduled intervals determined by the local WIC program.**

+ Provides peer-level support to breastfeeding mothers to help meet their breastfeeding goals.

+ Educates and consults with new mothers about successful breastfeeding techniques and basic breastfeeding management, one-on-one and in class settings.

+ Is available outside usual 8 to 5 working hours to new mothers who are having breastfeeding problems.

+ Proficiently communicates one-on-one, on the phone, and in writing.

+ Understands and utilizes referral/yield protocols. Communicates promptly and effectively with WIC staff regarding client's risk and concerns.

+ Strictly adheres to defined scope of practice.

+ Demonstrates enthusiasm, empathy, and professionalism.

**Delivers basic breastfeeding information and support to clients during pregnancy and post-partum, including telling them about the benefits of breastfeeding, overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. Helps clients prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns and refers clients to Lactation Consultants or other professionals for complex issues or diagnosis.**

**Keeps accurate and timely records and paperwork.**

+ Completes documentation and reports, such as client contacts, referral forms, contact logs, telephone logs, and other records, accurately and in a timely fashion.

+ Keeps accurate time and mileage records.

+ Adheres to and follows FHS confidentiality guidelines and release of information policy.

**Manages time appropriately and efficiently.**

+ Manages time appropriately and efficiently within the parameters set by the peer counselor project.

+ Attends department, site, and other meetings as scheduled with the Peer Counselor lead.

Performs related duties as required.

**Qualifications**

**Education/Experience:**

Any combination of education and work experience that would demonstrate attainment of the requisite job knowledge/abilities. Experience with the WIC program preferred. Reliable transportation and cell phone required.

**License/Certification:**

Completion of the Loving Support Curriculum provided by the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Lead within 30 days of date of hire.

Current driver's license valid in the state of Washington or other evidence of equivalent mobility.

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Join one of our Talent Communities (https://careers-commonspirit.icims.com/connect?back=intro&in_iframe=1&hashed=-435626305) to learn more about a career at CommonSpirit Health and experience #humankindness.

CommonSpirit Health participates in E-verify.

**Requisition ID** _2021-160277_

**Employment Type** _Part Time_

**Department** _Womens and Childrens Services_

**Hours / Pay Period** _64_

**Shift** _Day_

**Standard Hours** _Monday-Friday_

**Facility / Process Level : Name** _CHI Franciscan Medical Group_

**Location** _WA-LAKEWOOD_

Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: CommonSpirit Health, Lakewood , WIC Peer Counselor, Other , lakewood, Washington

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