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.
This position will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, which strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, among New Yorkers. The Bureau addresses poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and tobacco use, which are key risk factors that lead to chronic disease. The Bureau recognizes that a history of discrimination and social injustices have led to unfair and unjust barriers to health and, in turn, risk factors for chronic disease disproportionately and unfairly affect some New Yorkers more than others. The Bureau aims to work with partners in government and in the community to create new and change existing systems, policies, programs and environments to prevent chronic disease and promote health equity. The Bureau sits in the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness. Specifically, this position sits in the Healthy Eating Unit at DOHMH, which aims to promote healthy eating through shaping the environment and building on New Yorkers’ resources, knowledge and skills. This position is funded from a Centers for Disease Control and Promotion (CDC) grant supported through 2021 but is contingent upon the availability of federal funding and successful annual reapplication for continued funding.
FPHNYC seeks a Food Standards Coordinator to support a program that aims to increase access to lower sodium food options, reduce sodium intake, and improve the overall healthfulness of foods offered through cafeterias in hospitals and higher education campuses. The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide technical assistance to venues working to implement the NYC Food Standards. This position will most likely require travel throughout the NYC boroughs. The Food Standards Coordinator will be a key member of a fast-paced team that develops and executes innovative approaches to changing the food environment.
- Develop and provide tailored technical assistance to venues to assist with implementation of the NYC Food Standards, including menu review, nutrition analysis, site visits and assessments, progress tracking, product research, and material development
- Communicate regularly with food service and/or nutrition staff at cafeterias in hospitals and higher education campuses that implement the NYC Food Standards
- Assist in the provision of training, education and technical assistance to external partners on the NYC Food Standards
- Keep abreast on current academic research on nutrition and diet related diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes)
- Perform other duties as assigned, such as drafting briefs, preparing presentations, conducting research, developing website content and reviewing and summarizing scientific articles