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 Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention is seeking two (2) temporary Registered Dietitians to implement the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings (EWPHCCS) Champion Initiative. The Champion Initiative is a component of the EWPHCCS program, funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) via a contract with New York State Health Department. The Champion Initiative is a policy, systems and environmental change intervention that supports eligible group child care 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 is temporary from December 2019/ January 2020 through - February 2021.
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 temporary Registered Dietitian(s) (RD) will work with two (2)-three (3) child care centers from approximately -December 2019/ January 2020 - February 2021 to implement the EWPHCCS Champion Initiative at eligible group child care centers in the Bronx and/or Brooklyn and in other boroughs according to need. The RD will provide technical assistance, mentoring and trainings to center staff to support them in achieving best practices goals. The RD will also provide nutrition education workshops for children and caregivers. The RD will report to the EWPHCCS Champion Initiative Coordinator.
The RD(s) will work on the field at child care centers and at the NYC Department of Health, 42-09 28th Street, Queens, NY.
- Work with two (2)-three (3) child care centers to implement Champion activities, which includes:
- Acting as technical consultant for child care center staff regarding best practices in physical activity and nutrition including providing assistance with goal setting and action plan development and providing resources and support to centers as they work towards achieving their goals.
- Creating a Champion workgroup of key stakeholders at the center to work on action plan steps and to accomplish best practices goals.
- Preparing for and providing nutrition education workshops for children, caregivers, and staff using the EWPHCCS curriculum.
- Conducting follow up meetings and trainings to support sustained implementation of Champion goals.
- Follow evaluation protocol including collecting and submitting implementation data and evaluation documents according to established protocol.
- Participate in monthly team meetings and provide feedback regarding program implementation.
- Maintain records of program expenditures according to program protocol.
- Compile and maintain supplies necessary for program implementation.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Masters Degree in nutrition or public health and professionally qualified as an RD.
- Experience providing nutrition education in group settings, preferably with young children, diverse communities and low-income audiences.
- Flexible, outgoing and able to work independently and productively without direct daily supervsion.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Understanding of the underlying causes of health inequities and community food security issues in NYC.
- Knowledge of and proficiency in the Microsoft Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
- Serv Safe or related food safety certification.
- Oral and written fluency in Spanish preferred.
How to Apply
To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position, here.
The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.