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 Doula Initiative Director, the Evaluation Manager will work closely with the DOHMH team to evaluate the Citywide Doula Initiative, including ensuring the consistency, integrity, and accuracy of program data. A key evaluation question will be whether the program decreases inequities in perinatal health outcomes, as research on DOHMHs By My Side Birth Support Program suggests it might. The ideal candidate will be perceptive and creative and have a strong understanding of racial equity and social determinants of health as they relate to maternal and infant health.
- Work closely with DOHMH evaluation team to develop and implement a comprehensive research and evaluation plan for the Citywide Doula Initiative (CDI), including development of SMART goals and objectives
- Assist in efforts to understand and reduce infant mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality, and perinatal health disparities
- Supervise the CDI Database Analyst, who will administer and support users of the CDI database
- Ensure that data-tracking guidelines are met and that program outcomes can be effectively measured in relationship to the CDI goals and objectives; develop process-improvement measures as needed
- Review, analyze, and validate program data to ensure consistency, integrity, and accuracy
- Prepare summary tables, figures, maps, and reports on program performance
- Participate in compliance and data meetings with CDI vendors regarding site-level performance; provide technical assistance as needed
- Write reports with an equity lens to present findings for publication and presentations to the public, as well as other public health professionals
- Other duties as assigned