2019 – 2020 Positions

VISTA Positions

The overall goal of these individual VISTA projects is to improve the health status of low income, uninsured, and predominantly rural residents in South Central New York State. 

Details

  • One year full-time service commitment
  • VISTA Pre-Service Orientation: prior to service
  • VISTA term runs ONE FULL YEAR
  • Living Allowance of $13,362 (pre-tax) provided during service
  • Education Award of $6,195 OR $1500 end of service stipend
  • Health coverage
  • Child care subsidy available for qualified members
  • College loan forbearance
  • Relocation funds (up to $550) and mileage reimbursement available
  • College degree preferred

Open Roles

Food and Health Network of South Central New York (Binghamton, NY)

February 2021 – February 2022

The Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) VISTA will provide support for the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of a growing regional produce prescription program and other Food is Medicine initiatives. The FVRx VISTA will expand the capacity and impact of the program through coordination, communication, access to resources, and resource development. The VISTA will work closely with the FaHN Director, health care providers, local food retailers, and program participants.

To learn more about the Food and Health Network of South Central New York, click here

Food Bank of the Southern Tier VISTA - (Elmira, NY)

Summer 2021 – Summer 2022

The Service Insights Specialist will help food pantries affiliated with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier incorporate and maximize their utilization of PantryTrak. PantryTrak is an on-line platform that helps the Food Bank and its partner food pantries measure program impacts. PantryTrak aggregates real-time unduplicated client data, including ages, household composition and location of residence. In essence, it helps the Food Bank network better understand “where hunger lives” and who the hungry are”. The Food Bank has used PantryTrak data to establish food distribution locations during the COVID-19 pandemic and conduct outreach to inform clients of upcoming distributions. Currently about 25 food pantries (fixed distributions) use PantryTrak, and some need technical assistance. Another 50 are in the pipeline to use PantryTrak or are in need of support and/or assistance with resources (computer, internet access) to begin use. The Service Insights Specialist will be instrumental in helping build pantry capacity to implement PantryTrak effectively by conducting trainings and providing technical assistance.

Opioid/Over-the-Counter Coordinating VISTA (Watkins Glen, NY)

Summer 2021 – Summer 2022

The VISTA will address the opioid crisis in Schuyler County by organizing and supporting coalition work surrounding substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. The programming treats opioid addiction and recovery as a health issue, emphasizing prevention, intervention, and treatment.

To learn more about Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs, click here

Communication & Development Specialist with the New York State Association for Rural Health (Canton, NY)

Summer 2021 – Summer 2022

The Communication & Development Specialist (CDS) will be an integral member of the New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) Team. The CDS will focus on expanding the reach and impact of NYSARH communication with a goal of also increasing revenue generated by the organization. All NYSARH activities are nonprofit, bipartisan and courteous. A NYSARH supervisor will be readily accessible to support and mentor the CDS

To learn more about NYSARH, click here

Application

Successful applicants (minimum age 18) will demonstrate the following proficiencies and values:

  • An interest in, and commitment to, health and/or rural communities and people
  • Evidence of current and/or past volunteer service activities
  • Communication skills, including writing and verbal communication with clarity and accuracy
  • Self direction: Members must be self-directed and show evidence of their ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they must have their high school diploma or GED

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