The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
FPHNYC/DOHMH has been awarded a CDC grant to reduce COVID-19 racial/ethnic disparities by growing public health capacity in partnership with community-based organizations (CBOs) in the most disinvested neighborhoods across New York City. This COVID-19 Disparities Grant Program will use a multi-pronged community engagement strategy to increase access to COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and vaccination services; address COVID-19 risk factors including chronic disease, social determinants of health and structural racism; and build collective action to address racial disparities and resource needs throughout long-term recovery. The program will align with DOHMH’s COVID-19 Equity Action Plan which recognizes that underinvestment and structural racism are the root causes of the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths seen in priority neighborhoods.
The COVID-19 Disparities Grant (CDG) Program will support community-based organizations (CBOs) with deep neighborhood knowledge to build up local Community Health Workers (CHWs) teams in the NYC neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19 and long-standing racial/ethnic inequities. The CDG will focus on reducing COVID-19 risk by increasing access to COVID-19 services, improving overall health outcomes, and addressing social needs of the neighborhood. CDG CBOs will be charged with ensuring that every person in the neighborhood has access to the support they need to achieve their optimal potential for health, particularly populations who have historically been disconnected from existing health and human services. CDG CBO partners will use their CHW staff to support local coordination of COVID-19 response and recovery, identify existing and needed resources in their neighborhood, help residents navigate towards these resources, foster collaboration among key groups and services, and identify opportunities for advocacy to address racial inequities.
In all, the COVID-19 Disparities Grant Program will establish a long-term model to provide a sustainable, organized backbone of CBO partnerships that can address health disparities at the neighborhood level, coordinate long-term community recovery, and increase community preparedness for future crises.
The Financial Sustainability Advisor will report to the CDG Director and be responsible for technical assistance to increase the capacity of CDG contractors to secure city, state, federal, philanthropic and private contracts. This position will perform grant writing to grow the DOHMH’s CDG model.
- Do a detailed time and cost evaluation of key activities in the CDG program for each contractor, and for the central team.
- Create a general plan for how to expand the CDG in the first 2 years and sustain its operations after its conclusion, which includes clear guidelines on how to braid or blend funding from different funding streams to maintain the CDG operation.
- Do an in-depth analysis of the CDG contractors to determine strengths and needs as it relates to them applying for City Contracts, State Contracts, Federal Contracts, and large Grants.
- Based on the strengths and needs analysis, provide guidance and technical assistance on collaboration and internal capacity building to engage in contracts that would support the continuation of the CDG activities through alternative funding streams in the future.
- Perform weekly scans of grant opportunities in support of the expansion of the CDG model or its components; and write the grants if needed.
- Other as directed by supervisor