Child Health Coordinator

Augusta, Maine, United States | Nursing | Full-time

Apply by: Aug. 21, 2020
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Public Health Nurse I
Opening Date: July 27, 2020

Closing Date:  August 7, 2020

Job Class Code: 4051
Grade: 20  (Nurses)
Salary: $43,056.00 - $55,993.60 / yr. *
*plus an additional 15% stipend
Position Number: 02000-3777            

 

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.

 

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

 As the Health Coordinator for the Maine CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit, you will serve as a key member of the unit’s health team which operates a blood lead testing program and monitors children’s blood lead levels. Your role will include following up on elevated blood lead screening tests to ensure children receive confirmatory tests and, if needed, receive services to find and mitigate the source of their lead exposure. You will be a liaison with healthcare offices to ensure providers are aware of blood lead testing requirements and public health services for lead poisoned children. You will become an expert on the Blood Lead Module within ImmPact, Maine’s immunization information system, and both assist healthcare providers in using the module and provide quality assurance for blood lead tests reported through the module. Through this job, you will make a difference for the hundreds of children identified with lead poisoning each year in Maine by ensuring they receive services to remove sources of harmful lead exposure from their environment.

 

You will also:

  • Assist with trainings for healthcare providers and other partners about Maine’s Pediatric Blood Lead Testing Guidelines and lead exposure
  • Participate in and support weekly reviews of lead poisoning cases
  • Communicate results of environmental lead investigations and recommendations for housing-related interventions for lead poisoned children to their healthcare providers
  • Educate families about causes of lead poisoning and ways to prevent lead exposure
  • Collaborate with co-workers and staff at other agencies to make and track referrals to other health and social services for lead poisoned children

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 A three (3) year combination of training and experience which includes graduation from an approved nursing education program and 15 credit hours in psychology, sociology, nutrition, rehabilitation, or community health -AND- six (6) months of graduate nurse experience -OR- graduation from a four (4) year nursing education program.

 

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse as issued by the State Board of Nursing.

 

Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Knowledge of blood lead testing methods, as well as childhood lead poisoning risks and exposure pathways
  • Knowledge of nursing case management best practices and protocols
  • Ability to document and communicate status of case management activities to internal and external parties
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service skills and communicate effectively with providers, families, and internal colleagues
  • Knowledge of and experience with using ImmPact, Maine’s immunization information system
  • Ability to effectively train and assist healthcare providers on using information systems

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

For additional information about this position please contact Karyn Butts, Manager, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit at (207) 287-6650.

 

*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.   

 

Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.

 

To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.smith@Maine.gov .

BENEFITS
Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.11% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $470.99 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $447.44 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $423.89 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $400.34 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2020.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.