(Brooklyn) Borough COVID Community Engagement and Planning Advisor
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LIC - Central DOHMH - Long Island City, NY
Borough COVID Community Engagement and Planning Advisor (3 P

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.



With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York  City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We're tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.


Since January 2020, DOHMH has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic- activities include but are not limited to: surveillance & epidemiological investigations; lab testing; engaging and providing guidance to healthcare partners; ensuring the safety & health of responders; providing timely and accurate information to the public; promoting the emotional health of New Yorkers and coordinating citywide COVID-19 vaccine administration. With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and private and City funding, DOHMH is undertaking multiple new initiatives to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives.



DOHMH is seeking 3 COVID-19 Community Engagement and Planning Advisors, one for each of the following Boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, and Brooklyn,  to align multiple streams of COVID-19 prevention and recovery work in the Borough until June 2022.


This role sits in the relevant Bureau of Neighborhood Health in the Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW), which aims to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, 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 is comprised of the Bureau of Bronx Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building, the Bureau of Equitable Health Systems and the Bureau of Finance, Administration, and Services. 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.


The COVID-19 Community Engagement and Planning Advisor  will align activities, timelines, and deliverables across multiple workstreams in the borough.  




  • Strategize, develop, and implement a community engagement strategy focused on leveraging community-based organizations/stakeholders to address vaccine hesitancy related to COVID-19
  • Plan and participate in borough wide community stakeholder and coalition meetings consistent with  overall COVID-19 grant deliverables
  • Provide input and feedback on grant-funded projects that support internal and external COVID-19 goals in targeted communities
  • Collaborate with bureau leadership to align COVID-19 grant deliverables with bureau’s COVID-19 goals and objectives
  • Conduct data analysis to inform the workplan
  • Participate in and regularly lead staff meetings consistent with the duties of DOHMH middle management 
  • Work closely with members of the Research and Evaluation unit for appropriate data collection and alignment with other Bureau programs
  • Support the development and distribution of mission statements, objectives, and goals to directors within the Bureau for strategic planning
  • Assist Grant Managers and colleagues in the provision of  technical assistance to  COVID-19 grant recipients on their community engagement strategy and  performance
  • Provide support in the COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • Experience facilitating planning and alignment of competing priorities
  • Experience with community partner and  resident engagement
  • Experience with organizational engagement
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Quick learner and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Competent in Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)




  • Bilingual in Spanish for any borough (or in Haitian Creole or French for Brooklyn; Mandarin or French for Manhattan)
  • Demonstrable experience in addressing drivers of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
  • Experience in emergency recovery and resilience work
  • In-depth knowledge of the borough community stakeholders 
  • Ability to understand the concepts of social determinants of health,  institutional racism,  structural racism, health inequities and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)


Brooklyn: 485 Throop Avenue, BK NY 11221

Manhattan: 158 East 115th Street, MN NY 10029

Bronx: 1826 Arthur Avenue BX NY 10457




35 hours per week. This position will be funded through June 30, 2022, with possibility of extension


$41 per hour



This position will be hired through a staffing agency.



 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.