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Head Start Health Coordinator

Posted: 09/17/2023

Position Location and Department:
  • This position is part of our Head Start department.  
  • This position will work at our Children's Campus of Kansas City located at 444 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101.
Job Summary:
Provides resources and training/technical assistance to Head Start (HS) staff and families. Coordinates health services with community resource agencies, childcare site staff, and clients to meet HS requirements. Receives, enters, and tracks child health records to ensure compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and state licensing requirements. Completes safe environment assessments. Collaborates with community stakeholders to support the identification of needed
resources and training opportunities for staff and clients within the grantee.
Benefits Offered:
  • Medical Insurance (The Family Conservancy offers health insurance to all fulltime employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Vision & Dental Insurance. 
  • Long Term Disability.
  • Life Insurance.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan matching up to 2%.
  • Yearly 5% employer retirement contribution. 
  • Paid Vacation. 
  • Sick Leave.
  • Personal time off. 
  • Agency paid holidays.
  • Flexible work schedules (Hybrid)
Salary Range:
$49,023.03 - $56,824.09
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the Head Start Health Specialist
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.
  • Observe staff in the field and attend training as needed for support.
  • Collects and enters medical and dental records into the ChildPlus database to determine each child's health status throughout the year. Also uploads the appropriate documentation to support all health events. Determines child health and immunization status through monthly desktop monitoring and child file reviews.
  • Ensures accurate and timely recordkeeping and reporting practices. Tracks and assesses program performance and progress towards meeting identified health outcomes, monthly child health targets, compliance with HSPPS, state well-child timelines, and licensing requirements.
  • Ensures preventative health screenings are performed on children as prescribed by the Kansas Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) schedule. Ensures follow-up on screenings as appropriate. Provides the screening results to site staff, along with resources and referrals as applicable, to support timely client follow-up and early intervention. Evidence screening completion by entering health events and uploading the actual results into ChildPlus.
  • Develop strategies to address the health disparities in marginalized communities, particularly related to common chronic health conditions such as asthma, anemia, and lead exposure.
  • Monitors health program information report (PIR) data at a minimum quarterly. Provides training and technical assistance to child care site staff as needed to ensure accuracy and completeness of data. Collaborates with the Head Start Director, Quality Assurance Coordinator and the HS Health Specialist during annual preparations for submission of the PIR to the Office of Head Start.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to staff to build their knowledge, capacity, and understanding of health requirements, child health data, and recordkeeping and reporting systems via multiple modes of communication, including but not limited to, in-person, via telephone, and email. Encourages two-way communication and individualized staff-centered support.
  • Supports program-wide parent, family, and community engagement efforts. This includes site-based training, attendance at community events, and participation in program recruitment initiatives.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to clients, child care site staff, community resource agencies, and other entities as needed to promote the importance of early intervention, common health trends/disparities, and prevention strategies to support child health outcomes.
  • Completes regularly scheduled announced and unannounced safe environment assessments at childcare sites. Enters the findings into the internal monitoring system and collaborates with the Head Start Director and Quality Assurance Coordinator to ensure timely follow-up of findings. Addresses immediate health and safety concerns during the assessment and provides training and technical assistance as necessary to support staff in quality improvements. 
  • Collaborates with the Head Start Director and HS team during the annual revision of health policies, procedures, and training/technical assistance materials. Utilizes community data and  child trends to ensure the relevance of program health practices.
  • Maintains the inventory of health supplies and resources; completes purchasing process as needed. Collaborates with the Home-Based Manager to schedule the annual calibration of otoacoustic emissions screening machines.
  • Establishes and maintains ongoing positive, constructive working relationships with childcare sites to ensure their compliance with program requirements.
  • Confers with public health personnel, other health professionals, community organizations, government agencies, businesses and schools, and other Head Start staff regarding medical and dental topics. Collects and disseminates information within the grantee. Collaborates with these entities to achieve continuous quality improvement and excellence in the implementation of HSPPS.
  • Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required to complete site and client education events, attend community resource fairs, and/or for attendance at Parent Committee meetings.
 Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and receive and provide feedback.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency in subject areas of child health, early intervention, emotional intelligence, and problem solving as well as the ability to prepare comprehensive reports. 
  • Ability to display cultural sensitivity and understanding required for collaboration with a diverse group of childcare site staff, staff, and families. 
  • Travel to Head Start sites, throughout the community, and make overnight trips as needed.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Health Education, Health Administration, or a close related field.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50 % of the time.
  • Frequently moves items weighing up to 20 pounds across the office for various needs.  

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Job Type: Full Time