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Competent Paraprofessional Authority (CPPA) - WIC - WIC

at Unity Health Care, incorporated

Posted: 9/26/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 101254%20%20%20%20
Categories: Other/General

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Full Time



General Description:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Public Health, Health Education, Nursing, or related field. LPN and Dietetic Technicians preferred.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Must complete State Agency-required training with a passing grade on an administered exam upon completion of training.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->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.

Professional Accountability:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Follows Local Agency guidelines concerning attendance, scheduling, meetings, holidays, sick days, emergencies, etc.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Follows all site rules and performs work duties as designated, individually or part of a team.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Attends mandatory staff trainings for Unity and for the DC WIC State Agency.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Uses office equipment for work related purposes only.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Respects each client by keeping their information strictly confidential.