Qualifications and Roles: State Peer Counselor Coordinator
The State agency ensures that the State Peer Counselor Coordinator has all of the following qualifications:
- Holds a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in any health or nutrition-related field.
- Has successfully completed specialized training in lactation management and care (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is preferred, but individual may be exam-eligible or have successfully completed other State-approved specialized training).
- Has experience in program management.
- Has experience in breastfeeding management and promotion.
The State agency ensures that the State Peer Counselor Coordinator performs the following roles and responsibilities (depending on a State agency’s organization, another staff member may perform some of these responsibilities):
- Assists in establishing peer counseling program goals and objectives at the State level.
- Assists in establishing standardized breastfeeding peer counseling program policies and procedures consistent with the Loving Support Model for a Successful Peer Counseling Program.
- Plans and oversees breastfeeding peer counseling program activities (program implementation and evaluation, and staff training, etc.).
- Assists in developing a State agency peer counseling budget and allocating funding for local agency peer counseling program activities.
- Provides guidance and technical assistance to local agencies to ensure that they meet program goals and follow policies and procedures established for the peer counseling program.
- Identifies and coordinates community partnerships to enhance the effectiveness of the peer counseling program.