Nutritionist- Community of Hope (Washington, DC)

Position Summary:

The Nutritionist is accountable directly to the Women’s Health Services Manager. This position will be

responsible for providing coordinated and quality nutrition counseling services to patients of all ages.

Approximately fifty percent of their time will be spent providing services to women ages 18-45 living with or at-risk of developing nutrition-sensitive chronic conditions.

Highlighted Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide education to patients in one-on-one in person, telephonic and group education settings.

  • Review existing nutrition education delivered in one-on-one and group settings and identify enhancements to curriculum and associated patient education materials.

  • Work with medical and nursing leadership to develop and deliver new group education approaches based on patient feedback and known gaps in services, to potentially include wellness, weight loss, walking groups, and grocery store tours.

  • Work with behavioral health department to develop approaches around the intersection of mental health conditions/exposure to trauma and eating disorders.

  • Design culturally appropriate patient education materials and work to promote adoption by primary care providers and other members of the care team.

  • Review free or low-cost phone apps that support patients’ self-management goals around nutrition and promote patient adoption.

  • Work with patients to establish meal plans in accordance with patient preference, cultural background, and health and financial capabilities; evaluate the health and diet needs of patients and make clinical recommendation.

  • Develop and implement patient specific care plans around obesity and nutrition-sensitive conditions, including hypertension, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

  • Work with patients to define SMART goals around weight loss, nutrition, and healthy behaviors more generally.

  • Conduct appropriate telephonic and in-person follow-up on established care plans and support patients as they work to achieve their SMART goals.

  • Make appropriate referrals to nursing staff, behavioral health providers, and other members of the care team, and ensure that interventions for risking risk and high risk patients are coordinated and patient-centered.

  • Enter all patient visit information into the electronic medical record at time of visit, according to programmatic requirements.

  • Identify gaps in services to address social determinants of health based on outcomes and patient feedback.

  • Assist in developing plans, community resources and other partnerships to meet identified needs, particularly around food insecurity.

  • Maintain target productivity standards.

  • Serves as a liaison to external partners in the food and nutrition space and works to promote partnerships that enhance access to healthy, affordable foods and culturally competent education, including cooking courses and grocery store tours.

  • Use population health data to target outreach to specific patients/sub-populations that could benefit from nutrition-based intervention.

  • Participate actively in internal Quality Management efforts, including suggesting PDSA projects to improve processes, communication, and outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must hold current license as a dietitian or nutritionist in the District of Columbia.

  • Experience providing culturally competent, patient-centered education in a low income setting highly

  • required.

  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-based setting.

  • Experience in community health center setting preferred.

We offer great benefits including:

  • Medical Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;

  • Dental Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;

  • Vision Plans through CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield;

  • Life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance;

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care reimbursable expenses;

  • Transportation pre-tax payroll deduction for metro;

  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave and holidays;

  • Tuition Reimbursement for graduate studies;

  • And much more!

About Us:

Community of Hope is a rapidly growing, innovative, and mission driven nonprofit. For nearly 40 years, we have provided health-care, housing, and supportive services for low-income, underserved, and homeless people in Washington DC. We currently operate a variety of housing programs and three community health centers, which offer medical, dental, behavioral health, and birth services. We create opportunities for people to achieve good health, a stable home, family sustaining income, and hope.

Community of Hope was selected as one of the Washington Post’s 150 Top Workplaces in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. We received the 2012 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and the 2014 Leadership Greater Washington Innovative Community Partnership Award. We were also recognized in 2012 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Check out our website here.

Tamara Melton