Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers (FIGHT) is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which provides comprehensive health services in Philadelphia. These services include multi-disciplinary, patient-centered trauma informed primary medical care, specialty HIV/AIDS care, case management, dental, behavioral health and substance abuse services, women’s health clinic, nutrition counseling/health education; extensive preventive education program including HIV counseling and testing as well as youth services and programs.FIGHT has been dedicated to providing top quality health care services in our community for over 25 years.
Our multi-site facilities, consists of The Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, John Bell Health Center, YHEP Health Clinic and Dental Program, provides culturally competent, non-judgmental, high quality health care to patients living with HIV and other chronic health conditions. In addition to health care, Philadelphia FIGHT connects patients with social services, resources, and insurance benefits.
This position is responsible for providing support to patients served at all Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers but will reside predominately within the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center. This position reports to the Chief Medical Officer.
Our ideal candidate would be a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) or have experience/interest in diabetes management. Must be able to work efficiently and independently, be meticulous in following documentation standards and following standardized protocols. Must be able to work well in teams as well as independently and have excellent customer service skills.
Essential Job Responsibilities
• Establish, engage and maintain relationships with patients, families and healthcare providers.
• Across all health centers, provides quality nutrition counseling and health education individually with adult and adolescent patients and when applicable in groups.
• Collaborates with clinic staff to identify patients, assessment of patients’ nutritional health education needs, and determine appropriate teaching methods to assist patient understanding and skill-building.
• Researches, recommends, and prepares teaching modules for various disease processes such as diabetes, hypertension, managing asthma, healthy weight and wellness.
• Produce or procure, and maintain appropriate nutrition education materials and supplies at all clinic sites.
• Establishes care plans based on patient assessment of nutrition/health education needs.
• Promote, monitor and document patient adherence to recommended nutrition care plans.
• Provide critical feedback to other members of the healthcare team. Make recommendations on nutrition related medications to the provider. Monitor the nutritional implications of nutrition related medications.
• Document health education services in the patient record utilizing the Electronic Health Record.
• Complete Letters of Medical Necessity for supplements and nutrition related medications. Communicate with medical suppliers and pharmacies to secure approval and delivery.
• Complete assessments for Manna meals. Communicate with Manna team to coordinate services.
• Recruit, retain, coordinate and schedule group sessions (i.e. – healthy eating, co-morbid conditions, exercise, etc.).
• Supports and assists in completion of FIGHT’s Quality and Performance Improvement goals.
• Complete & report all documentation and paperwork as requested by supervisor in a timely fashion.
• The Registered Dietitian will function as a member of the care coordination team, working positively and collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to employ strategies and techniques to manage the patient’s physical, environmental, and psycho-social health issues.
• Performs all other duties as assigned.
• Provide assistance with program plans, developing flyers and other marketing tools for patient and family education and health literacy.
• Attend weekly case conference meetings with medical providers (behavioral health team and
case management team as needed).
• Meet with supervisor on a bi-weekly or monthly basis.
• Attend continuing education trainings.
• Represent this institution at inter-departmental meetings, at off-site and community-based meetings as well as local and national conferences (when applicable).
• Adherence to universal precautions and all Philadelphia FIGHT standards and policies.
Function in a team
1. Work in compliance with all medical policies.
2. Work in compliance with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, CLIA and funding body regulations.
3. Demonstrate commitment to clinical care and confidentiality
4. Work as a team with medical receptionists, health information specialists, medical assistants, case managers, medical providers.
5. Exercise good judgment in bringing any issues necessary to the attention of the Administrative Director, COO and/or the CMO.
6. Constantly strive to achieve excellence in the day-to-day operations of the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, John Bell Health Center and YHEP Health Center.
1. Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, successful completion of Dietetic Internship or equivalent.
2. Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in PA is required.
3. Must have excellent leadership, judgment and time-management skills; ability to manage several projects/tasks concurrently.
4. Minimum 1-2 years clinical experience required.
5. Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.
6. Have knowledge of and experience in working with the healthcare system.
7. Knowledgeable of local community resources.
8. Strong public speaking skills and ability to facilitate groups.
9. Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
10. Able to work with diverse populations (clients and staff).
11. Sensitive to cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.
12. Ability to work under pressure.
13. Demonstrate flexibility in working conditions and work hours, including some early mornings.
14. Proficient in Microsoft Office and essential office computer applications.
15. Familiarity with or adaptable to learning the functionality and usage of Electronic Health Record systems.
16. Excellent writing and critical thinking skills is required.
17. Experience working in an outpatient healthcare setting is preferred.
18. Certificate: American Dietetic Association Registration Registered Dietitian.
19. Certified in CPR preferred.
Initial probationary period is three months.
Frequent standing and walking, occasional long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements, and frequent fine motor skills. Looking at computer screen continuously for long periods of time, hearing within normal range. Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
Successful candidates will complete pre-employment screening; which includes, but is not limited to a Criminal Background check. Peak Vista Community Health Centers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.