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 educators to conduct garden-themed nutrition lessons for children and cooking demonstrations for adults at child care centers that serve families living with low-incomes across New York City as part of the DOHMHs Farm to Preschool (F2P) initiative. F2P engages with families, children, and staff at 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.
This position will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP) which strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, among New Yorkers. We work to address the impact of structural racism and other injustices that are a root cause of the inequitable prevalence, treatment and outcomes of chronic diseases in communities of color and among other marginalized communities. BCDP focuses on nutrition, tobacco use, the built environment, screening for cancer, and reducing the incidence and impact of hypertension. BCDP works with partners in government and the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research aimed at shifting environments, changing systems and promoting health equity. The Bureau sits within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness.
F2P Educators will lead the implementation of F2P activities at childcare centers from April-September 2022. They will oversee and work with the F2P Bilingual Educator to provide education and support for families and staff at childcare centers as they work towards achieving program goals. From mid-April to the beginning of June, F2P Educators will lead implementation of a garden-themed nutrition education curriculum for children in the classroom and assist centers in setting up and maintaining gardens. From July to the end of September, F2P Educators will lead cooking demonstrations for adults and encourage families to shop at farmers markets and other local produce venues. This is an excellent opportunity for a culinary or nutrition student or early professional to gain hands-on experience as part of an exciting, multi-component initiative. Planning is underway for this position to be conducted in-person at childcare centers with the potential to shift to virtual implementation depending on COVID-19 community transmission rates. The F2P Educators report to the F2P Coordinator, will work approximately 14-20 hours per week at $25 per hour. Paid training will be provided.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
- Act as lead educator at 1-3 childcare center(s), guiding the work of the F2P Bilingual Educator and working with childcare center staff to ensure all program activities run smoothly and according to plan.
- Prepare for and lead garden-themed nutrition lessons for children attending childcare centers, in-person and/or virtually, and encourage teachers to conduct follow up lessons.
- Assist childcare centers in setting up and maintaining indoor and/or outdoor container or in-ground gardens.
- Prepare for and lead cooking demonstrations for adults following curriculum protocols, in-person and/or virtually.
- Follow program protocols including purchasing and expense tracking, maintaining food safety, educator timekeeping, and ensuring integrity of programming.
- Set-up, break-down, and properly maintain and store table, tent and all cooking equipment and educational materials.
- Conduct activities to support the program including marketing, evaluation, and data collection/entry, as needed.
- Attend weekly meetings on Mondays at DOHMH offices in Long Island City, Queens (or virtually as needed)
- Communicate issues and scheduling changes with F2P Coordinator, as they arise.