Healthy Food Access Advocate, Healthy Communities Wyandotte
*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to increase access to healthy food. ***
DESCRIPTION The mission of the Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) coalition is to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being in Wyandotte County through increased communication, coordination and culture change. HCW is an initiative started by Mayor Joe Reardon in 2009, with continued leadership by current Mayor Mark Holland. The coalition works in five focus areas, one of which is increasing access to healthy food in Wyandotte County. This work has been spearheaded by the Nutrition Action Team, a multi-sector group that is convened by the Wyandotte County Health Department and supported by Mayor Holland. This position will work on healthy food access advocacy issues as outlined below, in conjunction with the Nutrition Action Team. It is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
- Improve and expand the H2O to Grow Pilot Grant Fund which provides water tap installations for community gardeners who beautify urban lots.
- Work with key stakeholders in SNAP outreach and enrollment to improve uptake and utilization of food assistance in the county.
- Work with neighborhood group leaders and local policymakers to improve policies and plans for healthy food access in Wyandotte County.
- Bachelor's degree
- Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Commitment to equitable healthy food access
- Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County
- Demonstrated commitment to understanding and improving local food systems
- Knowledge of public health and/or community health
- Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.
PAY & BENEFITS VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Application deadline is September 30, 2016. Please send a resume and cover letter to