OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? This position is stationed at the Milo C. Huempfner VA Health Care Center (HCC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and organizationally located within the Primary Care Division's Whole Health Program of Clement J. Zablocki VAMC (ZVAMC), Milwaukee, WI. For this Whole Health position, in addition to the Social Worker, we are recruiting from the following disciplines: Registered Nurse, Registered Dietician, and Occupational Therapist. The Whole Health Program is a comprehensive team approach which delivers care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which focuses on prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management. The social worker in this Veteran-centric approach often functions as a care coordinator to ensure that health care meets the needs, as defined by the Veteran. Social workers are prepared for this role by virtue of their education, training, and experience which prepares them to understand the person-in-situation and the influences that family and community have in impacting the health care needs of Veterans. Major Duties: Receives and interprets patient referrals/consults from credentialed provider as outlined in Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice. Reviews records for appropriateness of the referral and identify possible contraindications for treatment, and refers patient, as indicated, to other health care providers or services. Contacts eligible participants for enrollment and explains the Whole Health approach to care and process for enrolling in Whole Health programs and services. Independently plans and executes treatment programs to meet complex treatment objectives for the population of the Whole Health Program. Reviews current health behaviors and develops customized treatment plans with Veterans. These plans include personalized goals, action steps and interventions. Individualize intervention strategies to help the client utilize existing skills and develop new ones to enhance success. Schedule ongoing sessions to assess progress and assist in navigating obstacles or challenges. Guide Veterans to learn about available support tools in the VA and the community that assist in attainment of goals. Independently performs occupational therapy assessment, treatment, and wellness-based interventions; demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of health promotion, disease prevention and management, and treatment in occupational therapy and proper application utilizing whole-person care, therapeutic use of self, Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), activity analysis, lifestyle modification, behavioral intervention, frames of reference, and therapeutic procedures. Conducts Whole Health Facilitated Groups; participate in MOVE, smoking cessation, diabetes management, hypertension clinics, mental health, and other inpatient and outpatient groups as appropriate. Preferences: Effective interpersonal, leadership, communication and decision-making skills Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in outpatient setting Ability to function independently without direct supervision, autonomous in directing own work High degree of organizational skills and ability to prioritize work Demonstrate knowledge and/or experience in leading and facilitating complementary and integrative health programming and services. Ability to lead and work well with interdisciplinary teams Demonstrate experience in some of the following areas: mental health, primary care, disease management, nutrition, wellness education, health education, team facilitation, stress reduction and mindfulness. Effectively adapts to change Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed schedule may be available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.