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.
Healthy Start Brooklyn (HSB) is a federally funded program that seeks to reduce infant and maternal mortality, improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and reduce health inequities. Serving the neighborhoods of Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Bushwick, HSB is a five-year grant that supports doula services, health education, parenting support, case management, care coordination, and training to enhance the lives of families in these communities. The project area consists of zip codes 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, and 11233.
Healthy Start Brooklyn resides within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness of DOHMH. FPHNYC is responsible for fiscal and administrative oversight of HSB. The grant is awarded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The Healthy Start program follows a life-course approach that emphasizes the following core elements:
- Improve Womens Health: HSB works to improve coverage, access to care, and health promotion for women who have one or more health conditions that raises their risk for infant mortality, including a previous preterm birth, hypertension, and diabetes. Care will be provided before, during, and after pregnancy.
- Improve Family Health and Wellness: HSB works to improve infant health and development by promoting family health and well-being, including the integration of systems and social-support services. HSB also provides services directly to mothers, fathers, partners, and preconception young people, including parenting education and support, mindfulness practices, support for healthy relationships, and referral for mental and behavioral health services.
- Promote Systems Change: HSB works to maximize opportunities for community action to address the social determinants of health and to achieve collective impact.
- Assure Impact and Effectiveness: HSB works to ensure the high quality of its programs through staff and subcontractor training, data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, quality improvement, and evaluation.
HSB is charged with leading a collective-impact effort, the Community Action Network (CAN), to address social determinants of health in the project area. Composed of people who live and/or work in the project area, HSBs CAN has chosen to focus on stress and mental health.
Reporting to the HSB Project Director, the CAN Coordinator will organize and host CAN meetings, coordinate the steering committee, maintain continuous communication with members through emails and other means, and organize events to further the CANs common agenda of reducing stress and improving mental health in the project area. The ideal candidate will be outgoing and creative, enjoy networking and making connections, and truly care about the people who live in the communities HSB serves.
- In collaboration with the steering committee, develop a five-year action plan for the CAN, including yearly goals and objectives, planned activities, timelines, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Coordinate logistics for general and steering-committee meetings, including scheduling, publicity, and the virtual platform. When in-person meetings resume, coordinate space, refreshments, child care, and Metrocard distribution.
- Track meeting attendance and coordinate the distribution of stipends to community members.
- Write weekly or biweekly CAN emails to share information about mental health and announcements about community events and activities to improve mental wellness.
- Partner with other organizations and coalitions in the project area on community-building activities and efforts to improve the quality and availability of mental health services.
- Lead capacity-building efforts, including identifying and organizing training sessions for CAN members on topics such as public speaking, birth equity, advocacy, and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
- Assess member diversity and review community assets to identify missing stakeholders. Seek partners from industries and communities not currently well represented on the CAN.
- Partner with the Brooklyn evaluation team to design and implement evaluation activities for the CAN.
- Draft reports regarding grant activities and program evaluation and outcomes.
- Other duties as assigned.