CSA Partnerships for Health (CSAP4H) connects local farms and health centers for well-nourished communities. The partnership provides a creative, engaging solution to improve food access and promote well-being. This program helps to build supportive networks for participants that lead to improved health outcomes and a higher quality of life.
From November to March, members receive a “prescription” of vegetables and whole grains delivered to their homes every other week. The vegetables provided are part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, produced locally by Portland Metro area farms. We are currently working with insurance organizations to secure their coverage of fresh fruits and vegetables, just as they would prescribe medication. In this way, the CSA Partnerships for Health Program supports both individual health and the prosperity of our local food systems.
These powerful relationships utilize both farmers’ skills and health centers’ relationships to address the root cause of diet-related chronic disease by improving food access. We seek to holistically address public health by helping participants develop lifelong cooking skills and an awareness of whole foods. We hope to simultaneously drive healthcare spending into local agriculture.
Find out more about us on our website: CSAP4H Fact Sheet
We encourage BlPOC, women, LGBTQIA+ community members, religious minority community members, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, and applicants from varied generational, economic and educational backgrounds to apply. The key to serving our goal of accessible, healthful food for all is the inclusivity of those marginalized in our food system.
This position is part of a team comprising the intern cohort, a Program Coordinator, and a Program Manager. The team’s tasks include CSA share distribution, outreach material creation, and community engagement via social media. The team will meet weekly, either in person or via video conference.
Winter 2021/2022 Time Commitment
- Between 8-12 hours per week.
- Deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays can take between 2-4 hours to complete. The calendar of delivery dates can be found here. Times are generally mornings but are subject to change.
- Other days are flexible, depending on your schedule, to work on special projects.
We are looking for interns to partner with our farm sites to assist in distributing CSA shares to the homes of our members. Additionally, there will be opportunities to participate in farming classes, research, marketing, nutritional outreach, and community engagement activities based on each intern’s background and interests.
- Ability to safely transport CSA shares in personal vehicles to members’ homes in the Portland metro area.
- Assist farmers with the creation and translation of the weekly CSA newsletter
- Track deliveries in an online platform
- Coordinate events (pending COVID19 safety protocols)
- Identify and implement solutions for ways that participants can assist one another in full participation (i.e. phone tree list, social media, buddy system connecting new participants with veteran participants)
- Take photos for use in social media, grant reports, and website;
- Work with the Program Manager and other CSAP4H staff to update social media (Facebook and Instagram).
- Demonstrated interest, knowledge, or experience in public health, nutrition, local food systems, or food access
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- Possession of personal vehicle and ability to travel throughout the Portland Metro region (Mileage reimbursement provided.)
- Access to smartphone or GPS
- Ability to lift and carry items of up to 50 lbs
- Positive, can-do attitude
- Ability to work independently and reliably without supervision
- Experience and knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (desired)
- Prior experience working with diverse populations (desired)
- Spanish or Somali language (desired)
- Monthly stipend and mileage reimbursement
- Skill development
- Educational activity opportunities
- Connections and networking in the public health field–interns have subsequently gained employment in the public health field
- Possible academic credit (we have worked with MPH and MSW students)
To be considered for this opportunity, please fill out the online application and email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CSAP4H Internship” in the email title. If you need accommodations to complete the application, please call Nicky at (503) 282-4245 x102.
A complete application includes:
2. Experience (resume or the resume alternative below emailed to
● Relevant and Recent Work Experience: Please include the name of your employer or situation, when you were employed (month/year-month/year), location, and a brief description of what you did (your job responsibilities, for example).
● Relevant and Recent Community/Volunteer Experience: Please include the name of the organization (if applicable), when your experience was (month/year-month/year), location, and a brief description of what you did.
● Education/Life Experience: Please list any relevant life experience (that is not covered in the above sections) that makes you a good fit for this internship. Please also include any schooling and the focus of your education (major, for example). Please note that formal education is not a requirement to be considered for this position.