The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
The Healthy Eating Unit within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygienes (DOHMH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention is seeking a temporary Project Coordinator to support the Farm to Preschool Program (F2P) and the Champion Initiative. Both programs are components of the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) grant, funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) via a contract with New York State Health Department. The F2P Program engages with families, children, and staff at eligible childcare centers to influence healthy eating habits and food environments at the center, in the home, and in the community. This is achieved by supporting centers with gardening activities, nutrition education, and making local foods more affordable and accessible. The Champion Initiative is a policy, systems and environmental change intervention that supports eligible group childcare centers with creating and enhancing environments that support healthy eating and physical activity practices, including menu improvements, nutrition and physical activity policy development, and nutrition education and physical activity in the classroom.
This position will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP). BCDP strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes, among New Yorkers. It has created and implemented programs and policies with national and international impact. BCDP is focused on shifting environments to prevent chronic disease and promote more equitable health outcomes, with a focus on poor nutrition, tobacco use and the built environment as well as increased awareness and screening for hypertension and cancer. BCDP aims to work with partners in government and in the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research to advance its objectives. The Bureau recognizes that a history of racial discrimination and social injustices have led to unjust barriers to health and, in turn, risk factors for chronic disease disproportionately and unfairly affect New Yorkers who have been historically and structurally marginalized. The Bureau sits within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.
The Project Coordinator will join a large team and support coordination of the F2P Program and several aspects of the Champion Initiative. From November until February, the Project Coordinator will work approximately 21 hours per week to support the F2P Coordinator and the EWPHCCS Program Manager with coordination and planning activities for the F2P Program and Champion Initiative. From February through September, the Project Coordinator will work approximately 35 hour per week and be responsible for additional administrative duties, working closely with F2P partner centers, and coordinating the work of a team of part-time educators as they implement programming at childcare centers. This position will report to the EWPHCCS Program Manager and will be located at the NYC Health Department, 42-09 28th Street, LIC, Queens, NY. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some work may be conducted remotely until further notice. This paid position is part-time and temporary, 21-35 hours per week, starting in the fall of 2021 and is funded until the end of September 2022.
- Plan, coordinate, and monitor programming for the Farm to Preschool nutrition education program that connects childcare centers to community farmers markets.
- Liaise with F2P participating childcare center directors to schedule programming and offer technical assistance on program activities.
- Coordinate all processes associated with identifying, recruiting and orienting childcare centers to the Champion Initiative including tracking in an internal database, program marketing, registration, obtaining funder approval, and working with program staff to finalize details before implementation (November February).
- Provide informational sessions and orientation trainings for childcare center staff to gain program buy in and build capacity for program activities.
- Work with Administrative Assistant to ensure all necessary program supplies are available for implementation by coordinating printing, purchases, tracking and distribution.
- Assist with the recruitment, hiring, and training of a team of temporary educators to conduct F2P workshops for children and caregivers at childcare centers.
- Coordinate and support a team of temporary part-time educators including planning and convening regular F2P staff meetings to support educational activities, troubleshoot challenges, and monitor programming and adherence to program deadlines and protocols.
- Conduct site visits to monitor and ensure F2P programming complies with approved curricula. Provide appropriate feedback to educators.
Support the Program Manager with other duties as assigned