Program Associate, Clinical-Community Partnerships
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Program Associate, Clinical-Community Partnerships

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.



The Program Associate, Clinical-Community Partnerships, will help strengthen the work of the Maternity Hospital Quality Improvement Network (MHQIN) to support hospitals in becoming more doula-friendly and increase provider referrals to doula services. The Program Associate will oversee specific projects around planning and organizing doula activities with hospitals, doula-program subcontractors, and community residents, including the Community Advisory Board.



  • In collaboration with the Doula Advisor, provide policy support and advocacy around access to doula support and partnering with payors to reimburse for doula support. Liaise with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Provide support on planning for, scheduling, and leading technical assistance meetings with hospitals.
  • Provide project-management support, including setting and tracking long and short-term goals, task management, and budget management support.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum of two years leadership and management experience
  • Master's degree in public health, public administration, or related field
  • Experience in public health, particularly in maternal & child health and community engagement
  • Experience in program implementation
  • Experience working with hospitals, community-based organizations, and government agencies
  • Experience with program evaluation and quality improvement
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and medical providers
  • Proven experience in strategic planning
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including the ability to write technical specifications and accurate documentation
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Experience implementing and applying multiple of the below frameworks:
    • Familiar with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice framework and how to apply principles
    • Racial Equity and Social Justice
    • Sex-positivity framework
    • Human rights framework
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access




  • This position will be hired through a staffing agency at a pay rate of $40 per hour, and will be funded through June 30, 2022, with the possibility of extension.



  • All new temporary hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. This requirement must be met by your start date.
  • This position will initially operate in a hybrid work environment (partially remote), with the potential of shifting to 100% in-office.
  • There is a potential for this position to transition to DOHMH, for which eligibility requirements include NYC residency.



To apply, send your résumé and cover letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly, and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.