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 (Relay Program, Gotham Center)
The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers through contracting and oversight of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation; development and dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education; and community involvement and interagency collaboration.
Relay, a nonfatal overdose response system, is an initiative providing 24/7 support to individuals transported to hospital emergency departments (EDs) following a non-fatal opioid overdose. A Wellness Advocate will visit patients in the ED to provide immediate support and overdose prevention training following an overdose event and offer ongoing support and linkage to care for a maximum of three months after hospital discharge.
Reporting to the Relay Clinical Supervisor, the Relay Trainer will be responsible for the following:
Training and Coaching:
- Provide onboarding, technical assistance, and training to Relay staff.
- Develop, tailor and deliver individual and group training for Relay staff based on educational needs, covering topics on Data, Assessment and Plan (DAP) note writing, skills for engagement, overdose prevention, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, critical time intervention model, suicide/homicide assessment, crisis intervention, emergency department relations and rounds, fentanyl test strip distribution and other trainings identified. Identify opportunities for external organizations to educate Relay staff on various topics.
- Provide Wellness Advocates coaching on best practices for training preparation, planning and delivery, as well as facilitation and engagement skills.
- Coordinate all elements of trainings including updating and distributing a training calendar, assembling and transporting materials, adapting presentations to meet the needs of training audience, etc.
- Plan, schedule, and implement trainings for subcontracted Community-Based organizations implementing Relay. Provide technical assistance and support to supervisors at Community-Based organizations who oversee staff implementing Relay to help identify training needs and organizational capacity.
Coordination & Collaboration:
- Contribute to the development of new materials and resources aimed at preventing overdose.
- Work closely with Bureau leadership and staff to collaborate on and coordinate community-based overdose prevention activities.
- Provide coordination and support of special initiatives related to overdose prevention.
- Represent Relay in intra-Bureau and Divisional workgroups and meetings and liaise and present to community coalitions.
- Aid in the recruitment, screening and hiring of all Relay staff. Screen resumes of Wellness Advocates, conduct phone and in-person interviews, and check references of candidates.
- Assist in the planning for annual program expansion.
- Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.