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Opportunity Council - WCHD - Healthy Futures YR2
 
 
 
The goal of this VISTA project is to expand local capacity to address childhood obesity and food insecurity in Whatcom County, and to promote the health and well-being of marginalized groups. Addressing food and nutrition-related issues as early in life as possible is critical to promoting long-term health and well-being. The population served by VISTA efforts will be low-income children and families in Whatcom County, with an emphasis on the Hispanic community. Our Year 1 Healthy Futures VISTA has supported an assessment of childhood obesity and food insecurity in Whatcom County. This process showed that Hispanic children and families in Whatcom County are more likely to experience both food insecurity and childhood obesity and that gaps exist in support services for this population. The availability of healthy food, healthy activities, and child supervision during summer months when parents are busy in the farm fields was identified as a particular need. This year 2 project with continue development of sustainable summer food and activity programming for Hispanic children in migrant camps and farmworker housing communities. The VISTA will implement a community-based project with Hispanic families as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity and nutrition concerns, and possible solutions. They will also support additional health department work focused on improving nutrition and physical activity for young children and families, particularly for low income, Hispanic, and other marginalized groups. Healthy, well-nourished children are more likely to be able to fully participate in school and activities that set them up for future success, including economic success.
 
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Member Duties : (1)Continue development of sustainable summer food and activity programming developed in year 1 for Hispanic children in migrant camps and farmworker housing communities. Recruit and work with community partners and volunteers to implement updated summer programming and monitor success. (2)Implement a community-based project as a way to raise awareness of food insecurity and nutrition concerns in farmworker communities, and identify possible solutions. This will include guiding a photovoice project, which is a participatory research methodology using photography. Volunteer participants will be recruited from the Hispanic farmworker community. (3)Support additional health department work focused on improving nutrition and physical activity for children and families, particularly for low income, Hispanic, and other marginalized populations. This will include expanding and supporting an advisory group, and collaborating with both Health Department and Child Care Aware partners.
 
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Communications ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Public Health ,  Youth Development . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Opportunity Council - WCHD - Healthy Futures YR2

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/18/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Languages
Spanish

Accepting Applications
From  05/09/2019  To  07/22/2019 

Contact Naomi Siegel
1111 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham   WA   98225
3607345121
naomi_siegel@oppco.org
www.oppco.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 89167


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