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.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW (Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Grant (ELC))
The Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD), part of the Division of Disease Control, is composed of seven units/programs which are responsible for monitoring and investigating 73 infectious diseases including viral hepatitis, foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. BCD also monitors and analyzes trends in disease data and provides consultation to the medical community and the public on the recognition, prevention and control of communicable diseases. BCD is currently supporting the citywide COVID-19 response under the DOHMHs Incident Command System.
We are seeking to fill a position in the Congregate Settings Investigation and Response Unit which will provide support for outbreak investigation of COVID exposures in residential congregate facilities. It is expected that each Investigator will work up to 35 hours per week.
- Lead outbreak investigation of COVID exposures in congregate facilities, including notification and coordination with congregate site management.
- Communicate federal, state and local guidance.
- Communicate infection control guidance, assess facility capacity to isolate and quarantine individuals with COVID and their contacts, and provide technical assistance to support patient care and isolation/quarantine recommendations.
- Coordinate contact monitoring activities and liaise with infection control specialists, behavioral health specialists, clinicians, environmental specialists, resource coordinators, and laboratory team members as needed.