Communications Specialist
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LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Communications Specialist

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.



This role sits in the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building in the Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW), which aims to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact health. CHECW works to increase placed-based investments in priority neighborhoods with community programming and services based on epidemiology; influence and leverage the health system to promote whole-person care; intensify the agency’s approach to tackling big salt, sugar, and tobacco; and finding innovative ways to improve the built environment and address other social determinants of health. CHECW seeks to create healthier neighborhoods by providing New Yorkers the information and resources they need to live healthy lives and work to remove health inequities between New York City neighborhoods that are the result of structural racism such as segregation and disinvestment and social capital.


DOHMH has been awarded multiple grants 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. These programs 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. Our goal is to 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 Communications Specialist will report to the Communications Manager and is responsible for supporting community networks to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging. They will help to identify, coordinate, and support contracted community partners to connect to messaging outlets in the community to counter mis/disinformation and disseminate Health Department campaigns and messages.



  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to contracted community partners to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging
  • Identify opportunities to connect contracted community partners with Health Department campaigns and messages
  • Contribute to the design of health communication materials focused on countering mis/disinformation related to a COVID-19 vaccines
  • Maintain situational awareness and understanding of best practices related to behavior change, communication strategies, and building vaccine confidence
  • Support communications projects across COVID-19 equity programs such as community story-based projects, materials requests, partner resource digests, and document review
  • Support strategic partnerships with external stakeholders providing media and communications support
  • In partnership with the Data and Evaluation team, leverage qualitative data to create publicly shareable stories and narratives
  • Make community-specific recommendations from partner feedback to inform operational planning and strategy


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, or relevant field
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in public health communication strategy experience required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail
  • Public health communication and social marketing experience required
  • Experience coordinating external media and communications partnerships preferred
  • Understanding of racial equity framing and story-based strategies
  • Familiarity tailoring public health information to specific priority populations.
  • Experience leveraging data to inform communication and messaging strategies
  • Creative, flexible, problem solver, and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Interest in working in a new initiative being developed to respond to a public health crisis



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.



There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.