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 NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is introducing a Citywide Doula Initiative, which will focus on doula support before, during, and shortly after childbirth, as well as related services. This work will be performed by DOHMH directly and in partnership with community-based doula programs around the city. The services fall into four broad categories:
(1) Direct servicesBirth doula services will be provided to eligible residents of TRIE neighborhoods. Priority will be given to people who are income-eligible for Medicaid and/or are giving birth for the first time (or the first time in 10+ years), as well as those who have had a previous traumatic birth experience, have no other labor support, live in a shelter, are in foster care, and/or have a high-risk medical condition.
(2) Capacity buildingThe expansion of doula services will require a corresponding expansion of the citys doula workforce. The project will train community members as doulas, mentor apprentice doulas to certification, train all participating doulas in the program model (based on DOHMHs By My Side Birth Support Program), and provide continuing education for all doulas, including compensation for their time in attending trainings.
(3) Program oversight and managementProgram staff will oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program; manage contracts and payments for all vendors, subrecipients, and consultants; and collect and analyze data for quality improvement. A social-media campaign will raise awareness in the target neighborhoods, recruiting doulas to work in the program and pregnant people to receive services.
(4) Clinical-community partnershipsThe program will strengthen DOHMHs work with hospitals though the Maternity Hospital Quality Improvement Network (MHQIN), which creates doula-friendly hospital policies and practices, and increases provider referrals to doula services. Staff will also collaborate with CBO, governmental, and health care partners to advocate for system-level change.
Reporting to the By My Side Birth Support Program Director, the Doula Capacity Coordinator will oversee capacity development for the By My Side Birth Support Program (BMS), including the mentoring of new doulas and apprentice-program activities. The ideal candidate will have capacity-building and administrative experience within a community-based doula program, have strong supervision and mentoring skills, and be committed to advancing birth justice.
- Recruit apprentice doulas for each 6-month cohort and oversee all apprenticeship activities, such as: planning and facilitating monthly meetings; matching apprentice doulas to BMS mentors; assigning clients to apprentice doulas; and assisting apprentices with becoming certified as a pathway to joining the By My Side team.
- Recruit new doulas to BMS program and match them to BMS mentors.
- Support doulas in developing and maintaining strong client communications.
- Coordinate the provision of training and professional development for new doulas, apprentice doulas, and program doulas.
- Draft contracts, process invoices, monitor expenditures for apprentice program.
- Meet monthly with the citywide Doula Capacity Manager to review progress, as well as support overall planning and implementation of the citywide capacity-building efforts.
- Support apprentice-program evaluation and quality-improvement efforts.
- Assist BMS Doula Services Coordinator with client enrollment as needed.
- Other duties as assigned