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 Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention is seeking a part-time Nutrition Project Coordinator to support the Take Action: Food Pantries initiative and additional projects as needed. Take Action: Food Pantries builds the capacity of emergency food providers to deliver nutrition education and culinary demonstrations and to promote awareness of prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) for clients. The program provides funding, training and ongoing technical assistance to participating pantries. It is part of a larger initiative, Take Action ABCD: Improve AIC control, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Diabetes prevention and management, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
The Nutrition Project Coordinator will join a team of three people and will support the activities conducted by food pantries that are funded to implement nutrition education activities as part of the Take Action initiative. This position will report to the Farmers Market Nutrition Education Program Manager and will be located at the NYC Health Department, 42-09 28th Street, LIC, Queens, NY. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work is currently being conducted remotely until further notice. This paid position is part-time, 21 hours per week, starting in May and is funded through the end of September 2021 with the possibility for annual extension through September 2023.
- Identify new pantries to participate in the Take Action ABCD in Food Pantries program.
- Develop and lead orientations and trainings for participating food pantries.
- Conduct site visits, provide relevant feedback and provide ongoing technical assistance.
- Connect food pantries to NDPP classes and support them in making referrals.
- Monitor contracts and data collection, process invoices and assist with grant reporting.
- Plan and lead meetings for food pantries to share best practices, challenges, and suggestions for future messaging and incorporate feedback into program.
- Attend grant meetings and represent the program among partners and colleagues.
- Identify points of collaboration to bolster services provided by Take Action ABCD.