Clinical and Perinatal Health Education Specialist

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improve maternal and child health

Position Overview and Purpose

The clinical and perinatal health education specialist is an advanced level public health professional who works with medical providers, hospitals, FQHCs, birth centers and other clinical partners to support the success of Healthy Start programs. The clinical and perinatal health education specialist facilitates the development and growth of programs and initiatives that meet the specific needs of our target population, works on a growing portfolio of projects and partnerships that advance the mission of Healthy Start and supports the bi-directional transfer of knowledge between clinical developments and community needs.

Specific Projects and Initiatives Include:

  • In support of our goal to improve birth outcomes and postpartum health for mothers in our program, the clinical and perinatal health education specialist manages Healthy Start’s partnership with a local FQHC partner to:
  •   Support implementation of the Centering Pregnancy™ model of prenatal care with clinical partner sites—providing educational and psychosocial support to participants during their prenatal visits, as well as coordinating other aspects of service delivery and project administration with clinical partners.
  • Promote access to prenatal, postpartum, family, pediatric and other preventative/well-woman healthcare in collaboration with the FQHC partner.
  • Support Healthy Start team members and participants in identifying and accessing the proper clinical interventions and resources to meet program goals and participant outcome targets.
  • Developing and maintaining referral relationship with the appropriate clinical providers (OB/GYNs, family practice, pediatricians, etc.) to support the necessary referral pipeline into Healthy Start programs.
  • Other projects and initiatives may emerge.

Position Duties

  • Educate and support (recruit) pregnant women who are good candidates for Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care model.
  •  Implement the Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care model to fidelity.
  • Maintain medical record/ health information systems for all patients receiving Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care, with data collection criteria necessary for audits and monitoring of patients.
  • Develop and execute targeted wellness programs/strategies that support the holistic continuum of care for Healthy Start participants receiving care at clinical partner sites.
  • Develop and execute clinical outreach, education and relationship development strategies that support recruitment of pregnant women into Centering prenatal care, home visiting, lactation and doula programs.
  • Assist in the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of participant/program data and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with peers within and external to the organization and participating in program workgroups as requested.
  • Serve as a valued member of the multidisciplinary care team for Healthy Start participants and participate in monthly case reviews.
  • Provide clinical insight and feedback to management staff regarding service delivery and service gaps.
  • Consult with healthcare professionals as needed.
  • Provide educational and support to Heathy Start staff regarding clinical topics relevant to the participant population.
  • Performing other duties, as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate a passion for maternal and child health, with an understanding of public health concepts, health disparities and commitment to working within under-resourced communities.
  • Advanced public health education AND/OR advance practice nursing certification and licensure AND/OR equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • Must have or be willing to obtain formal training in childbirth education, lactation counseling, doula or related discipline with support from Healthy Start.
  • Knowledge of public health, maternal/child health, and disease prevention.
  • Knowledge of health care systems, provider systems, etc.
  • Knowledge of the Healthy Start Program model and continuum of services.
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Understanding of community and service delivery systems.
  • Working knowledge of local community resources applicable to the target population.
  • Working knowledge of research methods, data analysis, evaluation, community participatory activities, translational science and advanced writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of local and national organizations focused on Black women’s health, healthy equity, birth equity and reproductive justice; lived experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated success managing public health initiatives.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to engage and maintain positive relationships with Healthy Start partners and stakeholders at all levels; professional demeanor.
  • Ability to manage complex priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  • Sound analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated good decision making in dealing with safety issues.
  • Ability to follow instructions and take direction from management and comply with the boundaries of the establish policy and procedures.
  • Ability to plan and facilitate group sessions.
  • Ability to motivate and guide participants to keep appointments, obtain goals and take advantage of services.
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural participants/agencies.
  • Ability to work with computer software applications, i.e., word processing, data base and spreadsheets.
  • Maintain an absolute commitment to protecting the confidentiality of all employee and agency information.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted Pennsylvania Driver’s License.
  • Must possess current and valid unrestricted automobile insurance and be listed as an insured driver.
  • Personal transportation with employee listed as an insured driver on the vehicle used for work.

Supervisory Relationship

This position works under direction of the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Physical Demands

  • Candidate must possess the ability to work at locals outside of the office environment.
  • Out-of-town and overnight travel may be required on occasion.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted Pennsylvania Driver’s License, valid unrestricted automobile insurance and be listed as an insured driver.
  • Must possess Act 33/34 clearances.


The starting salary for this position is $45,000-$50,000 annually. This is an exempt position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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