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 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is expanding home visiting in NYC and streamlining how providers, organizations, and community residents can access quality home visiting services. The goal is to improve maternal and child health and well-being outcomes by matching families assessed risks to evidence-based (EB) or evidence-generating (EG) home visiting (HV) models that are most appropriate for them based on their needs, and to connect them to other resources as needed. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities create disparate outcomes in the neighborhoods served by existing Agency sponsored locally designed home visiting programs as compared with the rest of the city, and providing services beginning in the prenatal through a postpartum period is vital to addressing these outcomes. In addition, recent attention to inequities in maternal morbidity and mortality, especially in New York City, points to the to promote more respectful maternity care and greater agency for people during childbirth, both of which the programs home visiting staff will facilitate.
Public Health Navigators provide maternal and childcare health information with the goal of improving health outcomes in at-risk communities. The information provided helps connect families to needed resources. Outreach will initially be done virtually/remotely but will transition to in-person home visits.
- Work on a multi-disciplinary team in the Family Care Network (FCN) to ensure information received from referral partners is entered into the Coordinate Intake &Referral (CI&R) and home visiting systems accurately
- Conduct telephone screenings with clients and provide health education on maternal and infant health issues, including breastfeeding, safe sleep, and early childhood development
- Collect and enter data; monitor, review, manage case assignments and conduct referral follow-up within 24 hours of assignment
- Engage with provider and community-based referral partners, clients, and home visiting program staff to ensure clients are connected to services timely
- Support marketing and outreach activities to increase visibility and utilization of the CI&R and home visiting programs
- Participate in Program-sponsored events, for example crib distribution, and assist senior management in other assignments
- Accompany home visitor staff on visits as necessary