Congregate Setting Investigator 2
Long Term Care Facilities Team
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.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases, Enhancing Detection Grant Program)
The Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD), part of the Division of Disease Control, is composed of seven units/programs which are responsible for monitoring and investigating 73 infectious diseases including viral hepatitis, foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. BCD also monitors and analyzes trends in disease data and provides consultation to the medical community and the public on the recognition, prevention and control of communicable diseases. BCD is currently supporting the citywide COVID-19 response under the DOHMH’s Incident Command System.
We are seeking to fill one position in the Congregate Settings Investigation and Response Unit (CSIRU) which will provide leadership and support for outbreak investigation of COVID-19 exposures in residential congregate settings such as shelter, long term care facilities or supportive housing sites. The goal of CSIRU is to detect, investigate and prevent intra-facility transmission of COVID-19 illness in congregate settings and reduce overall COVID-19 mortality and morbidity among vulnerable populations residing in these congregate settings. It is expected that the Investigator will work up to 35 hours per week, with the potential for working extended weekend hours.
• Provide outreach to NYC Adult Care Facilities and other settings housing vulnerable populations when a new case of COVID-19 is identified among a resident or staff person.
• Provide infection control guidance, assess facility capacity to isolate and quarantine individuals with COVID and their contacts, and provide technical assistance to support patient care and isolation/quarantine recommendations.
• Coordinate contact monitoring activities and liaise with infection control specialists, behavioral health specialists, clinicians, environmental specialists, resource coordinators, and laboratory team members as needed.
• Notify and coordinate with CSIRU leadership.
• Understand, interpret, and communicate federal, state and local guidance.
• Ensure methods are HIPAA compliant and follow NYSDOH guidelines
• A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and two years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
• Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above. A master’s degree is preferred but not required.
• Ability to speak, read, and write English
• Preference given to New York City residents
• Public health experience and training
• Experience working with diverse teams
• Experience working with different communication styles
• Proficiency in navigating computer systems; ability to learn new data systems quickly and to comply with data integrity and security to safeguard all personal identifiable information
• Fluency with Outlook, and Microsoft Office
• Ability to demonstrate a professional, positive attitude and work ethic
• Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with people from diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds during a time of crisis and distress
• Have a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)
• Ability to show empathy and be nonjudgmental toward distressed individuals
• Excellent organizational skills
• Critical thinking and sound judgment
• Candidates of highly impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply
SALARY AND BENEFITS
FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is $79,000 - $85,000 and is commensurate with experience.
There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.
The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.