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AmeriCorps Nutrition Education Specialist position in rural Colorado

La Puente Home, Inc.
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This position helps Mt. Carmel provides integrated healthcare, wellness, and community partnerships that attract business, cultural and social opportunities. The member will help Educate families in reading food labels, providing education cooking healthy meals and stretch the buying power of consumers by price comparisons, label assessment and by better understanding the needs of the community. The members could also help families in learning how to deal with aging parents, family members and/or relatives. The member would create an opportunity to partner with Salud Family Health Centers medical providers to provide opioid literature in educating clients to safely manage prescription medications, understanding side effects etc.

Service Activities

• Provide education on food labels, healthy eating and recipe planning
• Provide education on the purchase of healthy food items
• Complete health and wellness assessments and goals for the family well in the program post and pre every 6 months
• Meal prep education and aid with cooking classes, physical activity goals and options
• Promotion of the program and program enrollment
• Meet clients where they are at and uphold the dignity of the client
• Check in calls and visits with clients and program participants
• Partner with local food growers to help clients learn self-stainable food growing practices
• Complete any paperwork associated with the program( surveys, data collection, pre and posttests, ect.
• Comfortable with entering into homes of the clients in the program. (assess food at home)
• Assist clients in completing and filling out applications as needed

Community Need Addressed

The Rural Alliance for Dignity will improve high school graduation rates through serving youth with inadequate social, emotional, and academic support; serving families who struggle with extreme economic and housing instability; and serving families and youth who are food insecure and nutritionally deficient. AmeriCorps members will increase the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and self-efficacy of participants receiving services, with the overall purpose of improving high school graduation rates.

Position Outcomes

Increase healthy eating, Increase the knowledge of how to take care of age population, and increase people knowledge of the effects of opioid in the area.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance

Education Benefits

College Degree

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Health Clinic/Other Health Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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