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.