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MN Health Corps 15-16: Health Commons & Campus Kitchen
This VISTA position will support two initiatives at Augsburg College that focus on community-serving health and food programs: Campus Kitchen and the Health Commons. The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College works to make healthy food accessible to all in and around the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood to provide for basic needs, service learning, leadership development, and genuine engagement between the college and the community. We have four components that work to make learning happen though connections with food and the community: food to share, food to grow, food to buy, and food to know. Learn more at: The Health Commons are health focused drop-in centers in a local context. The Augsburg Central Health Commons has served downtown Minneapolis, where the majority of participants are homeless or marginally housed, for 22 years. Simple hygiene items, diapers and socks are provided free of charge, and nurses and nurse practitioners are available for health questions, blood pressure checks, foot care and connections to resources. The focus is being a place that is welcoming to all visitors and building relationships with all people. It is our belief that without a community of people who care, health is negatively impacted. The Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside was founded 3 years ago. It operates on the same principles as the Augsburg Central Health Commons, but the participant population in much different. Most visitors are East African immigrants interested in educational groups such as exercise, nutrition and parenting classes. On Fridays, we provide mobile care in various community settings (e.g., public housing or mosques) and provide one-on-one health consultation, massage and Healing Touch. This Health Commons represents a partnership with Augsburg College, University of Minnesota Medical Center and the East Africa Health Project. Learn more about Health Commons at:
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Develop: strategic plan to increase community participation in Health Commons and Campus Kitchen programs; volunteer recruitment strategies and orientation; communication tools for community outreach; educational and community building capacity for the Community Garden; Campus Kitchen connections and partnerships at Augsburg. Design additional beneficial programs/services based on ongoing community engagement. Share learned knowledge regarding health disparities and barriers to care in community settings. Identify challenges and opportunities for increasing Health Commons program participation and community partnerships. Design and pilot a system for making reflection on service, food justice, and systemic food issues part of the culture of Campus Kitchen students. Promote community conversation and action on the relationship between food security and health disparities. **Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply by April 3rd. **
Program Benefits : Health Care Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Health ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Conflict Resolution ,  Leadership ,  Public Health ,  Medicine ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Education ,  Recruitment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

MN Health Corps 15-16: Health Commons & Campus Kitchen

Program Start/End Date
06/08/2015  -   06/11/2016

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Somali preferred

Accepting Applications
From  02/11/2015  To  04/28/2015 

Contact Kathleen Clark
2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis   MN   55454

Listing ID 58879


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