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 Queens Partner Engagement Coordinator will serve as the primary relationship manager for local organizations partnering with the COVID-19 Health Disparities grant program. Under the supervision of the Program Director, they will support contracted partners and coalitions throughout the duration of the program. The Engagement Coordinator will triage all questions, concerns, feedback and recommendations from the Queens contracted organizations; and will support partner organizations to meet program deliverables and requirements.
- Establish and sustain relationships with key stakeholders in Queens to facilitate local coordination and connections to the program.
- Provide technical assistance to community-based and/or faith-based organizations including coalitions focused on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and social determinants of health.
- Manage partnerships with Queens contracted partners including, but not limited to, resolving challenges, support with data reporting and evaluation, and strategic operational planning.
- Facilitate convenings with partners to support co-learning, capacity building strategies, and elevation of programmatic recommendations and improvements.
- Connect partners to existing resources and other partner organizations supporting additional COVID-19 equity programming in Queens.
- Contribute to grant reporting and documentation related to activities with Queens partners.