Under the general direction of the Health Center Chief Officer and/or The Director of Residential Programs, the incumbent in this position is responsible for assessing patients' nutritional needs, developing and implement nutritional programs and evaluating and report the results; and conferring with the patient’s provider and other members of the Health Center/Housing professionals in order to coordinate medical and nutritional needs of individuals residing in/receiving health care through Heritage Health and Housing, Inc.
Provides individuals and groups counseling sessions on nutritional practices designed to prevent disease and promote good health.
Evaluates individual patient nutritional needs, develop nutritional care plans, and instruct patients and their families by offering advice on diet-related concerns based on clinical assessment and best practice guidelines for a range of health conditions to include weight loss or cholesterol reduction.
Ensures appropriate documentation of nutritional assessment and recommended intervention in the patient’s chart and/or care plan; reviews the documentation of others regarding nutritional concerns and responds appropriately.
Assesses the nutritional status of patients inclusive of lab value interpretation, patient eating patterns, weight maintenance, food/drug interactions, and dietary compliance.
Develops strategies to expand nutrition programming and create new initiatives for patients.
Coordinate, plan and conduct education programs on nutrition for the Heritage and the community at large.
Oversees menu preparations for persons in residential care with restricted diets.
Provides ongoing consultation on the performance of the residential program kitchen staff.
Teach classes about diet, nutrition, and food service management.
Plan, organize, and prepare materials for the classes.
Advise on food service operations and weight management issues.
Train new workers.
Supervise workers who plan, prepare, and serve meals.
Analyze the content of food for manufacturers.
Selects and distributes patient education materials healthy eating and active living.
Identify and collaborate in the pursuit of relevant funding opportunities.
Develops diets for patients/clients based on their nutritional information and health.
Act as a liaison/advisor to the medical staff and the school based health center staff as requested
Assist in the development of strategies to expand nutrition
Evaluate how patients/clients respond to their diets.
Check that they are following their diets at the residential facilities.
Provide group and individual nutrition counseling to students and parents at the Heritage School Based Health Center
Must be a graduate of an accredited dietetics bachelor’s and master’s degree program
License Registered Dietician/Nutrition in New York State