Health Service Specialist (Home-Visitor - Services to Pregnant Women)


Early Head Start

Reports to

Child Development Center (CDC) Supervisor

Job Summary

Health Service Specialist is responsible for Early Head Start (EHS) services to pregnant women through the delivery of prenatal information, supportive services, and home visits on the following subjects: fetal development, including the risks from smoking and alcohol; labor and delivery; postpartum recovery, including information on maternal depression, nutrition; and the benefits of breastfeeding and other community resources.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Identifies, recruits and enrolls pregnant women for participation in EHS; Assist pregnant women to access comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care, through referrals, immediately after enrollment in the program. Provide pregnant women and other family members, as appropriate, with prenatal education on fetal development (including risks from smoking and alcohol), labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery (including maternal depression). Maintains caseload of 16 pregnant women; visits each pregnant woman’s home for at least 60 minutes on a monthly following enrollment. Establishes trusting, nurturing relationships with pregnant women, and their families. Observes, assesses and documents each pregnant woman’s health, skills, behavior, and pregnancy development. Provides pregnant women with group socialization experiences opportunities. Serves as an advocate for pregnant women and as a liaison between women, the program, and the community at large. Integrates other components, i.e. health, nutrition, mental health, family and community engagement into home visit and other services support pregnant women. Encourage participation in the Policy Council meetings as well as socialization meetings, workshops, and other events or trainings. Enters pregnant women information and other required program information into the Child Plus system in a timely manner. Assist pregnant women with children's transition into EHS Home-based, Center-based or other child care programs, postpartum. Plan and implement lessons using program required curriculum and other resources. Conduct screening and developmental assessments and maintain written records of each visit; maintain current and accurate records on each pregnant woman. Exchange information and serve as a member of a trans-disciplinary intervention team. Participate in on-going in-service and educational development opportunities provided by the Agency. Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Associate Degree (2-Year) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) /Child Development and two (2) years demonstrated experience working with infants/toddlers; must have a valid State of Ohio Driver’s License and transportation, as position requires significant and on-going travel; computer literacy; Summit County residency; fingerprint/background checks conducted.

Pay Rate

$17.31 p/hr., Pay Level 8 (2-Year Degree, ECE/Child Development)


Regular, Full-Time, Non-exempt, 11-month work schedule

Postings Dates



Community Action Akron Summit – Human Resources Department
55 East Mill Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
Or, Email resume to resumes@ca-akron.org

NO PHONE CALLS. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications/resumes are kept on file for 6-months.
At-Will Employment / EOE