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Nutritionist

Company: Community Health Connections
Location: Leominster
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Nutrition activities are designed to ensure that patients are able to access culturally and linguistically appropriate services in a timely and cost effective manner. Future initiatives in growing this program may include development of group self-management classes.

Essential Duties and Major responsibilities:

  • Assesses, monitors and documents the nutritional status and nutritional needs of patients using established standards of care and practice guidelines
  • Provides nutritional counseling on an individual basis upon referral by clinicians as a part of the clinical treatment plan
  • Meets with patients on a regular basis to develop a plan of care and assess progress
  • Actively involves patient in goal setting utilizing motivational interviewing and teach back techniques
  • Assists in meal planning, label reading, carb counting, recognizing and responding to fluctuation in blood glucose and other relevant education for diabetic patients.
  • Provides education on specific diets for chronic diseases
  • Interacts with patients to identify and address member's barriers to receiving recommended health services, adhering to treatment plans made by providers, and becoming effective managers of their health
  • Partners with other team members utilizing an interdisciplinary approach in planning care and addressing any barriers to include accessing healthy food, behavioral health issues and social determinants of health
  • Ensures all programs are conducted in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Develops or acquires educational materials for individual and group use
  • Serves as a resource for health center staff and community partner agencies
  • Provides timely verbal and written communications with the provider, care coordinator, patients and their families
  • Works independently on special non-recurring and ongoing projects as needed
  • Participates in departmental, team, and organizational meetings, as well as QI projects, as assigned
  • Participates in continuing education programs and trainings to meet certification, funding, or regulatory requirements and to meet the needs of the community.
  • Demonstrates understanding and commitment to the mission of the health center and established CHC values and standards
  • Adheres to established organizational policies and procedures
  • Maintains registered dietitian status including continuing professional education
  • Performs other job related duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Registered nutritionist/dietician specializing in medical nutrition therapy, weight management planning and diabetes self-management education (must have a Medicaid billable certification or license)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator preferred
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Bilingual (Spanish and/or Portuguese) Preferred
  • Ability to engage and positively influence others
  • Experience in working with an electronic health record preferred

Keywords: Community Health Connections, Leominster , Nutritionist, Other , Leominster, Massachusetts

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