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 Program Evaluator will develop and implement a cohesive evaluation strategy consistent with CDC guidelines inclusive of equity principles and critical race praxis to document progress and impact of the COVID-19 Health Disparities grant program. Under the supervision of the Program Director, they will lead co-designing processes for data collection instruments, logic models, timelines and data collection tools that will be used with community-based and faith-based partners. Working with the Qualitative Analyst/Social Epidemiologist and the Quantitative Analyst, the Evaluator will compile necessary information for inclusion in all reports, (e.g., description of evaluation measures, results, trends, from project staff and other partners) and will coordinate reporting of all necessary measures to the CDC.
- Develop data collection tools for outreach, engagement, and operational activities
- Establish key metrics and performance measures for process and impact evaluation plan
- Triage and manage responses to relevant data requests from key stakeholders and leadership
- Support Partner Engagement Coordinators and contracted CBO partners in collecting, reporting, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data
- Make community-specific inferences from quantitative and qualitative data to inform operational planning and strategy
- Work across teams to align data infrastructure, reporting, and evaluation for all COVID-19 equity programs
- Oversee coordination and submission of all necessary reporting requirements to the CDC
- Manage two data analysts supporting the program: Qualitative Analyst/Social Epidemiologist and the Quantitative Analyst