Provides routine assessment, patient education, and/or assistance and technical support in one or more public health programs at various sites.
This class is characterized by the responsibility to perform support health service tasks in a variety of health prevention, treatment and maintenance activities with participants/clients in support of public health programs. A program may focus on such areas as nutrition, immunizations, infectious diseases, prenatal, maternal, child or family health. This class is distinguished from Public Health Nurse or Public Health Nutritionist in that the latter are professional level classifications responsible for nutritional care and case management for medically high-risk patients.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill part-time and full-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises. The current vacancy exists for an full time position in Vallejo.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts screening of clients by telephone, in person, refers to the appropriate health program; assists with completing forms; determines the client eligibility based on income, medical, nutrition, and social services needs of children and other family members.
Explains services and provides information about program participation criteria, and program operations; ensures awareness of immunization requirements and the importance of obtaining medical care, proper nutrition, prenatal care, maternal care, necessity of medication compliance or other health issues relevant to specific client's situation and program.
Screens for health history, demographics, and assists with scheduling of appointments for medical, dental, mental and/or social or public assistance services; makes referral to other programs and providers of medical and social services.
Provides informational literature to clients on various topics specific to their health, nutrition status and life cycle stage; discusses ways to improve health and nutrition and decrease health and nutrition risks; teaches health and nutrition education classes to educate clients on topics relevant to their stage in the life cycle.
Documents information in client file and /or on the computer; follows up with professional staff on client needs and additional assessments needed, assists and/ or collaborates with professional staff in preparing plans for counseling toward improvement of health condition; works with clients directly in establishing health and nutrition goals.
Maintains active and inactive program and client records according to protocol; assembles client records and ensures that necessary documentation is complete.
Prepares various reports including client information forms, client billing forms, activity and progress reports. Assists in conducting surveys and compiling statistical data on program areas; and organizes calculates, and prepares information in requested format.
Determines clients’ need for transportation or assistance in order to have access to health care; may transport, arrange transportation, accompany adults, adolescents or children receiving services of the department.
Distributes and explains educational/program specific information and materials; may make presentations to individual, school or community groups on specific health topics; provides information to families about qualifying for low cost or free insurance; follows up to ensure needs are met.
May perform duties as part of an interdisciplinary team providing integrated services to clients, and or the community.
Depending on assignment may make home visits to ensure clients follow treatment plans, deliver and/or observe clients taking medication, and seek out clients who are not present at designated time to take prescribed medication.
Observes, documents and queries clients per protocol about problems associated with diagnosis and medication; clarifies information for client and documents visit appropriately.
Communicates significant concerns or changes in clients’ progress for review by a medical professional.
Performs follow-up by phone or letter to clients who have identified health problems to ensure recommended treatment has been received; may assist with clinic registration and process client records; performs outreach activities to communities and populations at risk based on health program guidance and instructions.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Basic individual and community public health needs and problems.
Basic principles of human behavior, report writing, data gathering and record keeping practices. Interviewing principles and practices.
Basic mathematics; basic symptoms, detection, and disease specific treatment methods, and health needs of targeted populations.
Computers/automated systems for data entry.
Utilize basic office equipment and various types of office supplies, materials, equipment and machinery.
Interview clients and obtain information regarding their needs for health and nutrition services.
Establish and maintain working relationships with clients, co-workers and the community.
Recognize specific indicators of need for service and develop service delivery plans.
Review and maintain case records.
Assess need to make appropriate referrals.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and cultures.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Two (2) year of experience performing client intake and screening, obtaining personal history data, assessment, peer counseling, and nutrition counseling in health or related area.
A High School diploma or equivalent is required. An Associates’ degree or equivalent from an accredited college in health services, nutrition, social science, psychology or related field may be substituted for the above experience.
DOCUMENT SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS
All candidates must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the courses and units completed) by the final filing date. Candidates who fail to submit their diploma or transcripts (if required) by the final filing date will be disqualified from the recruitment.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service. The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the close of the recruitment. Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.
In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person or by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA 94533, or by fax to (707) 784-6014. When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (e.g., Office Assistant II) and the recruitment number (e.g., 12-123456-01).
This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and whether they will continue in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely. Omitted information will not be considered or assumed. Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.
1. Do you have two years of experience performing client intake and screening, obtaining personal history data, assessment, peer counseling, and nutrition counseling in a health or related area?
2. Do you have an Associates' degree or equivalent from an accredited college in health services, nutrition, social science, psychology or related field?
3. What should you be aware of when performing a cultural intake assessment as part of your interaction with clients/patients/consumers?
4. Describe something you have learned about another culture through working with diverse clients/patients/consumers.
5. Describe a project, interaction, or experience that would demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity.
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver's license may be required.
Independent travel may be required.
Positions allocated to this class may require bilingual skills.
Selectees for employment must as a condition of employment sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse reporting.
04/12/2013 Deadline to submit college degree/transcripts (if required)
04/17/2013 Tentative date for Qualifications Review and score supplemental questions
04/18/2013 Tentative date to establish List
SALARY POLICIES - The starting salary is ordinarily the first rate shown on the front of the announcement. Salary advancement is authorized after satisfactory completion of additional periods outlined in the employee’s memoranda of understanding or the County’s Personnel and Salary Resolution. Longevity, shift differential, bilingual, call-back and stand-by pay maybe available for some job classes.
HOLIDAYS – Regular and limited-term employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.
ANNUAL/SICK LEAVE - Regular and limited-term employees accrue vacation leave at the rate of 10 days per year. After a certain period of continuous service, employees accrue vacation time at a higher rate as outlined in the employee’s memoranda of understanding or resolution. Regular and limited-term full time employees accumulate 12 sick leave days per year.
Employees who have never been a member of any public retirement system prior to January 1, 2013, or who have moved between retirement systems and were not subject to reciprocity, or who have moved between public employers within a public retirement system after a break in service that is greater than six months are eligible for a miscellaneous retirement plan of the 2% at age 62 benefit formula. Employees entering membership in Solano County’s miscellaneous retirement plan on or after May 4, 2012 but before January 1, 2013, or who have moved between public employers within a public retirement system with a break in service that is less than six months are eligible for a 2% at age 60 benefit formula. Employees entering membership in Solano County’s miscellaneous retirement plan prior to May 4, 2012 are eligible for a 2.7% at age 55 benefit formula.
HEALTH BENEFITS - Employees and their dependents are eligible for vision and dental insurance with 100% of the cost paid by the County of Solano. The County also participates in a cafeteria medical plan administered by PERS HealthCare (eligibility is dependent upon job class).
OTHER BENEFITS – Employees may also elect to participate in deferred compensation, credit union, life insurance, and flexible spending plan. All County employees are eligible to purchase auto and/or home owners, renter insurance from Liberty Mutual Insurance. An Employee Assistance Program is also provided.
EXTRA-HELP - Extra-help employees do not receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment.
Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a written and/or practical exam, an oral interview, or any combination listed. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted. These provisions are subject to change.
A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process.
HOW TO APPLY
All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (e.g. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, certificates, DD-214) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet, available on the employment website or at the Department of Human Resources’ office, and are due by the final filing date. Previously submitted application materials (i.e. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.
Please visit the County of Solano website, www.jobsatsolanocounty.com, to apply. Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Paper applications may be completed in person during office hours. EOE/AA
VETERANS PREFERENCE POINTS
To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions. A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE, MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE FINAL FILING DATE. Applicants who have a service connected disability must submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons. Disability must be rated at least 10% to be eligible for disabled veteran's points.
Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined grade. Disabled veterans shall have 10 points added to their combined grade. Veteran scores will only be added to passing scores.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.
APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need special testing arrangements, must contact the Solano County Department of Human Resources at (707)784-6170, to obtain a Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form. This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment. Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All persons hired will be required to participate in the direct deposit program.
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE ACT – Depending on the applicant’s job class, prospective employees may be required to undergo a Urine Drug Test in accordance with the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Policy once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Solano County employees are subject to the provisions of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the California Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.
RETIREES - Solano County invites all to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.
BACKGROUND PROCESS –The background process may include but not limited to conducting a reference check, completing a personal history statement, conducting a background interview, and live scan fingerprinting. The County of Solano also utilizes e-Verify to verify employment eligibility. Note: A felony conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment. The County will consider the nature, date and relationship between the offense and the position for which you are applying.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION - Prior to appointment, candidates may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates are encouraged not to quit or give notice to present employers until the medical examination has been completed and passed.
APPOINTMENT - At the time of appointment, all candidates will be required to execute an oath of allegiance to the United States and the State of California and may be fingerprinted. Candidates will also be required to offer proof that they are a lawfully admitted alien or U.S. citizen.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD - All new positions are required to successfully complete a minimum probationary period of 6 to 12 months, depending upon the job class. A probationary period does not apply to "at will" positions.
DISASTER WORKERS - In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
EXTRA-HELP – An employee appointed to an extra-help position must meet all the requirements of the corresponding regular position. Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in the fiscal year. Extra-help employees are excluded from civil service and do not have rights to regular or continued employment.
The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.
"SOLANO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER"