School Nutrition Education/Wellness Promotion InternshipOpportunity Type: Internships
Location: Bronx, NY
Opening Date: August 21, 2017
Closing Date: October 01, 2019
Contact Email: email@example.com
School Nutrition Education/Wellness Promotion Internship
Position: School Nutrition Education and Wellness Promotion Intern, The Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH
Project: School Nutrition Education about Sugar Sweetened Beverage Counter-marketing and Wellness Promotion
Supervisor: Moria Byrne-Zaaloff, Program Coordinator at Bronx Health REACH/Institute for Family Health
Bronx Health REACH aims to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in diabetes and heart disease in the Bronx. As part of our team focused on school program support, the intern would play an important role in our research studies, technical support services in nutrition education and physical activity, and resource development. This internship is a 15 to 20 hour/ week commitment for 12 weeks. This position offers a student the opportunity to contribute to program implementation with a tangible school wellness impact. This internship is ideal for students pursuing graduate-level studies with an interest in: eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities; promoting health equity; and enhancing nutrition education and wellness programming in a school setting.
The Institute of Family Health. The Institute of Family Health is a federally qualified health center network that has provided health care services in the Bronx since 1985. It currently serves over 90,000 patients annually at 31 locations including five sites in the Bronx, offering primary care, mental health, dental care, and social work services to patients of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. It also operates three residency-training programs in family medicine and trains health professional students at all levels through the New York State Area Health Education Center program.
The Bronx Health REACH Coalition. Since 1999, the Institute has led The Bronx Health REACH Coalition, which aims to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in diabetes and heart disease in African American and Latino communities in the Bronx. The coalition includes community residents, community leaders, faith-based institutions, multi-sectoral community-based organizations and city agencies, healthcare providers and social service agencies from across the Bronx. The project has an emphasis on policy, system and environmental change, community outreach, health education, and research evaluation and dissemination.
- Teach eight week counter-marketing course about sugar-sweetened beverages for 90 minutes once a week (2:40 PM-4:15 PM) at a Bronx middle school;
- Implement 15 minute pre and post-assessments in class;
- Assist with training and technical support planning and implementation which may include but is not limited to: data collection, writing content for nutrition education toolkits, creating educational handouts or flyers for event, and taking photos;
- Work with Program Coordinator on school wellness council and policy development;
- Assist with parent and school staff education seminars;
- Assist Program Coordinator in planning and coordinating of nutrition education and physical activity workshops as needed;
- Coordinate the logistics for the quarterly Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup meetings with school-based organizations and teachers;
- Participate in school outreach events such as health fairs and community engagement activities;
- Write blogs;
- Perform projects, tasks and analyses, as assigned
- Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings; and
- Perform basic office tasks as assigned, such as photocopying and faxing, and data entry.
- Enrolled in a graduate program in public health, sociology, education, nutrition, food studies, public administration or a related field;
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners;
- Experience presenting to groups, specifically youth and/or students;
- Ability to plan an event and coordinate day-of logistics;
- Strong research and writing skills;
- Passion for health education and nutrition;
- Experience coding is desired but not a requirement;
- Familiarity with public transportation;
- Fluency in Spanish is not required but an advantage;
- 12 weeks with the opportunity to stay longer;
- Strong interest in high-need, underserved communities;
- Available to start in early September and work until late October 2017.
Note: This is an unpaid internship, but can be offered for academic credit if appropriate.
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Please indicate “School Nutrition Education and Wellness Promotion Internship” in subject of e-mail.
To learn more about the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH: http://www.institute.org/bronx-health-reach/about/