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 Evaluation Manager, the Database Analyst will monitor all data collection and reporting for the Citywide Doula Initiative, set up and support users in the system, and serve as technical liaison for the program to DOHMH IT staff. The Database Analyst will also play a key role in adapting an existing DOHMH application for use in this initiative, as well as preparing for the eventual transition to a new system. The ideal candidate will be flexible, responsive, comfortable with a variety of data systems, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
- Administer the database of the Citywide Doula Initiative (CDI)
- Write SQL queries and stored procedures to satisfy application requirements and reporting needs, and to perform data analyses
- Develop and edit forms in .NET for front-end users
- Develop SQL-based quality-control jobs to address data-quality issues involving the CDI database
- Set up new users in the system; provide training and support to all doulas, vendors, and program staff, for both data entry and reporting
- Develop and maintain a data dictionary and other technical documentation for the database
- Assist with the design of the new database that will be configured for the doula initiative in 2022
- Plan and perform the migration of data to the new system
- Serve as the contact person for vendor data-management staff and DOHMH database administrators in the central IT division
- Other duties as assigned