Program Assistant, COVID Disparities Grant (CDG)
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Program Assistant, COVID Disparities Grant (CDG)

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.


The Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW) within the DOHMH 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 agencys approach to tackling big salt, sugar, and tobacco; and finding innovative ways to improve the built environment and address the social determinants of health and root causes of health inequities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CHECW is working directly with communities experiencing the unjust impacts of inequities exacerbated by COVID-19, including impacts like high mortality rates, food insecurity, loss of employment, and eviction.




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 DOHMHs 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.



In partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and under the direction of the Program Director, the Program Assistant, CDG will provide general technical and administrative support to the program.


The program assistant will support the administrative functions of the program necessary to support a portfolio of community-based organizations funded to do outreach, messaging, education, and navigation for the goal of eliminating COVID-19 racial/ethnic health disparities. The program assistant will be under the direct supervision of the program director. It is expected that the program assistant will interface with all CDG staff including partner engagement coordinators and the evaluation team.


The candidate should be able to demonstrate strong technical and administrative skills and the ability to manage relationships and engagement with a cohort of organizations of varying capacity. Most organizations will be borough-specific, but some may cross boroughs and engage communities throughout NYC (e.g. LGBTQ+ organizations serving NYC).



  • Maintain knowledge management systems by regularly updating and uploading content to resource libraries, share drives, and other programmatic platforms
  • Perform administrative tasks as needed, such as scheduling daily/weekly meetings, reserving equipment and/or conference rooms, sending invites to attendees, and sending bulk emails.
  • Support logistics for partner trainings and other capacity-building needs
  • Take meeting notes and synthesize large amounts of information into concise summaries with action items and next steps
  • Provide technical assistance to partners and/or coordinators on the partner database built on Salesforce as needed
  • Utilize existing surveys developed by the team and input them into programmatic platforms
  • Support the review of partner communications materials
  • Conducts initial review invoices against deliverables and reconciles issues with program leadership. Set up and maintain invoice tracking process.
  • Monitor PPE and Communication Material quantities in database and alert program manager when quantities are low
  • Support the team in preparation of grant documents
  • Support the director in budget management
  • Create program materials, such as slide decks and one-pagers
  • Support the Bureaus shared drive organization
  • Assess workflow problems and makes recommendations to improve processes and efficiency.
  • Other duties as necessary


  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and WebEx/Teams/Zoom)
  • Creative, flexible, able to meet tight deadlines, and able to manage several tasks at once
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Experience applying a health equity lens to public health programming
  • Knowledge and experience working with diverse community-based organizations
  • Budgeting and invoicing experience


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



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is $60,000.



To apply, send resume, with cover letter, including salary requested and 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.