Doula Advisor, Clinical and Community Partnerships
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Doula Advisor, Clinical and 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.



Reporting to the MHQIN Program Manager, the Doula Advisor will work with governmental and health care partners, subcontracted programs, and MHQIN to advocate for system-level change to overcome the barriers and challenges to providing doula support in hospitals, as well as developing a doula-friendly accreditation system. The Doula Advisor will also support development of a doula-friendly-hospital toolkit and educational materials, for hospitals unable to receive hands-on technical assistance as part of MHQIN.



  • Support development and dissemination of the doula-friendly hospital toolkit and educational materials, for hospitals unable to receive hands-on technical assistance as part of MHQIN.
  • Lead advocacy work for doula access during COVID-19. Work with governmental and health care partners, community-based doula programs, and MHQIN to advocate for system-level change.
  • Reconvene the New York Coalition for Doula Access (NYCDA), including scheduling and facilitating monthly meetings, coordinating with NYCDA members on meeting agendas, following up on action items, and acting as liaison between NYCDA and Citywide Doula Initiative staff.
  • Lead and develop accreditation system through NYCDA for hospital doula-friendliness.
  • Coordinate and facilitate Doula Capacity Building Workgroup.



  • Trained birth doula
  • Experience in public health, particularly in maternal & child health and community engagement
  • Experience working with hospitals, community-based organizations, and government agencies
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating meetings and/or advisory boards with diverse representation from community members, clinicians, doulas, etc.
  • Experience facilitating virtual meetings, including breakout rooms, polls, etc.
  • Proven experience with strategic planning
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • 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 $45 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.