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 1 part-time, temporary, Head Nutrition Educator to support and implement Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Stellar Farmers Markets (SFM), a program funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) via a contract with New York State Health Department. SFM provides nutrition education and food workshops to the public at farmers markets that serve New Yorkers with low incomes. The goal of SFM is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by building on New Yorkers knowledge and skills about healthy eating.
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.
The Head Nutrition Educator will report directly to the Farmers Market Nutrition Education Program Manager and will assist the JSY Nutrition Projects Coordinator with planning and implementation of SFM including supporting seasonal educators preparing for and conducting weekly educator meetings, assisting with inventory of supplies, scheduling virtual partner workshops, and implementing the SFM program (either virtually or in person at one market site). This paid position is temporary, part-time, 3-4 days per week, starting late-May through early December. From late-May through June, a bulk of time worked will at the DOHMH office in Long Island City, Queens. Starting in July approximately one day will be worked at the office and the other days and locations will depend upon and coincide with market schedules and/or the virtual workshop schedule.
- Assist coordinator with preparing for program implementation, both in-person and virtual; planning and preparing for educator training; and ensuring equipment for implementation is ready.
- Assist manager and coordinator with planning and conducting weekly educator meetings, ensuring equipment is stored properly and available for educators, drafting and sending weekly communications to educators; troubleshooting educator needs, as applicable, and conducting onsite training and visits.
- Coordinate and schedule virtual partner workshops
- Assist coordinator in post season activities, including curriculum revisions and updates and conducting inventory of program supplies.
- Maintain and ensure that all COVID-19 safety protocols are being followed.
- Conduct SFM workshops, virtually or at farmers markets, as needed.
- Work on special projects to support the program, as needed.