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New Haven Farms Wellness Program Associate

About New Haven Farms: Founded in 2012 through the innovation of a health clinic and local business, New Haven Farms pioneers community-based preventative wellness programs to address diet-related chronic disease and grows organic produce on eight highly productive, organic farms.

Each year, approximately 200 community members participate in a free Farm-Based Wellness Program from June through October. 86% of these participants suffer from at least two risk factors for diet-related chronic disease and live within 200% of the 2010 U.S. federal poverty level.  Referred by their medical providers to the program, participants attend weekly on-farm agriculture education, nutrition classes, and cooking classes. Families receive a farm share of produce to feed their household each week during the program. Rigorous data collection and long-term relationships with community members distinguish New Haven Farms as a leader at the intersection of urban agriculture and community-based health care interventions.

Position:

The Wellness Program Associate will work at the center of an innovative organization intersecting health care, community development, food system change, and urban environmental renewal.  He/she will work with the New Haven Farms Leadership Team (Executive Director, Farm Director, and Wellness Program Manager) to advance our strategic goals to advance preventative wellness programming with business partners.

For over eight years, the Farm-Based Wellness Program has piloted an Employee Wellness Program with Chabaso Bakery. The Wellness Program Associate will coordinate with business, healthcare, and public health partners to refine the existing program for replication with other business partners.  The YEI Intern will be responsible for synthesizing research and program outcomes into marketing materials including digital and print media, a program handbook, and qualitative and quantitative data for preventative interventions to reduce healthcare costs and improve employee wellness.

New Haven Farms interns take part in hands-on teamwork with our Farm Director and Farm-Based Wellness Program staff to enable direct experience with our programs, people, and farms.

Responsibilities:

    Assess and research wellness programs and/or affordable food share models targeted for businesses to improve employee wellness and reduce healthcare costs.
    Create wellness programming digital and print marketing materials that include infographs, stories, and financial analysis of food and wellness interventions for reducing healthcare costs and improving community health.

    Assist Leadership Team in building internal operations systems and maximizing available technology to improve program efficiencies and effectiveness.
    Prepare written reports, analyses, presentations, briefings, and memoranda summarizing outcomes with business, public health, and healthcare partners.

Desired Qualifications:

    Knowledge and/or passion for public health, nutrition, food system change, urban agriculture, and community building.
    Effective communicator with multi-modal presentation skills including story, tables, infographs, narrative reports, even videos.  Excellent written communication.
    Creative and collaborative spirit to improve the mission delivery of New Haven Farms through assessing practical needs and realistic opportunities for preventative healthcare interventions
    Confidence with numbers and ability to relate to desired program goals.
    Access to a computer and ability to travel to our East Rock office and farm sites in Fair Haven.
    Spanish language skills.

Supervision and Schedule:

Liz Marsh, Wellness Program Manager, will serve as the direct supervisor, but the intern will also work closely with Jacqueline Maisonpierre, Farm Director, and Russell Moore, Executive Director. The intern will work on the farm and in the office each week, as well as plan meetings with our long-time partners at Chabaso Bakery, Fair Haven Community Health Center, and the Yale/Southern Community Alliance for Research and Engagement.

Application:

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to liz@newhavenfarms.org.  In the cover letter, please explain 1) what draws you to this summer opportunity, 2) how your experiences prepare you to be a strong candidate, and 3) to what extent your experience with New Haven communities or similar cities shapes your interest in New Haven Farms.