Public health specialist – a person who has acquired a formal professional qualification of a public health specialist in accordance with the procedure established by the legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania.
Functions of a public health specialist:
- To collect, store and analyse data on the health status of children and pupils and the prevalence of risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases.
- To identify the need for children’s health promotion and health knowledge.
- To provide teachers with recommendations on the health of children from personal health care institutions and to coordinate the implementation of these recommendations.
- To provide conclusions and suggestions on the health status of children and pupils to the community of the educational institution (teachers, parents (guardians, caregivers)) at least once a year.
- To discuss the need to strengthen the child’s health and safety with at least one of the preschool-age child’s parents (guardians, caregivers) when admitting the child to an educational institution.
- To assess the compliance of the educational institution environment and the educational process with the requirements of public health care legal acts, to identify the environmental public health risk factors, to participate in determining the priority issues of improving the environmental conditions of the educational institution.
- To submit proposals to the administration of the educational institution regarding the strengthening of the health of children and pupils, as well as the inclusion of health improvement measures of the educational institution and prevention of injuries and accidents in the strategic activity plans of the educational institution (at least once a year).
- To participate in the planning and implementation of health education activities in the institution.
- To participate in the implementation of measures for strengthening children’s health and environmental health approved by the administration of the educational institution in accordance with the competence.
- To provide assistance to physical education teachers in assembling physical education groups.
- To inform physical education teachers about pupils’ opportunities to participate in sports competitions.
- To provide health knowledge to the community of the educational institution about health preservation and health promotion methods and to train the institution to apply them in practice.
- To provide and/or coordinate the provision of first aid in an educational institution.
- If necessary, to check the personal hygiene of children.
- To plan and apply measures for the prevention of communicable diseases and risk factors for their spread according to competence.
- To advise educators, pupils, parents (guardians, caregivers) on health preservation and strengthening issues.
- To help children and students develop healthy lifestyle and personal hygiene skills.
- To provide information on preserving and strengthening health on the stands of the educational institution, in events, etc.
- To advise the staff of the educational institution responsible for the catering to children and pupils on the issues of healthy nutrition and health safety.
- To carry out the supervision of meals for children and pupils in accordance with the procedure provided by legal acts, promoting healthy eating and the formation of healthy eating skills.
- To notify the Bureau of suspected infectious disease or poisoning in an educational institution when a risk factor is detected that may cause an outbreak of infectious disease or endanger the safety of others due to the spread of infection (a copy of the prepared information is provided to the administration).
- To provide the child and youth health care professional with reports approved by the Bureau and, if necessary, other reports necessary to ensure quality activities.
- The strengthening of public health – Health education, dissemination of information on healthy lifestyles, promotion and formation of healthy lifestyles and reduction of behavioural health risks.
- Functions of a public health promotion specialist:
- To organise and carry out health promotion in the community.
- To educate the residents of the municipality about a healthy lifestyle.
- To provide methodological advice on health activities to non-governmental organizations, communities, business leaders, employees and individual residents.
- To organise public education on health issues.
- To initiate the preparation of health projects (programmes) and participate in their preparation.
To prepare informative and methodological material on health promotion issues, to spread health knowledge in the community.
To organise the implementation of the Lithuanian health programme, state health programmes and programmes approved by the Municipal Council in the community of Vilkaviškis District Municipality.
To collaborate on health promotion issues with social partners.
To plan and suggest to the Bureau to conduct community health promotion research.
To organise health training and educational events.
To collect and manage health promotion information.
To make proposals to the Director of the Bureau regarding the submission of proposals to politicians, health professionals, the community, non-governmental organisations and other institutions on issues of health promotion and health preservation.
To examine complaints and statements of the population according to their competence.
To represent the interests of the Bureau in institutions, organisations, etc. according to their competence.
To prepare draft reports and responses.
To prepare draft orders and decisions related to the organisation of community health promotion in the municipality.
To participate in the work of commissions or employment groups on behalf of the Director of the Bureau.
To inform the Director of the Bureau about changes in the laws and other legal acts regulating the promotion of public health.
To execute other non-permanent assignments related to the functions of the Bureau in order to achieve the strategic goals of the institution.