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.
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FPHNYC is hiring a Communications Specialist to support the Neighborhood Health Corps. The Neighborhood Health Corps, under the larger Public Health Corps, is a cadre of anti-racist public health workers and programs to address place-based inequities exacerbated by COVID-19. Through Neighborhood Health Corps, FPHNYC and DOHMH mobilize place-based community engagement via community health workers, anchored by community-based organizations with support and capacity-building from FPHNYC and DOHMH staff. The Neighborhood Health Corps will include 100 community-based organizations working with the City on vaccine education and outreach. This position will sit in the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building in CHECW.
The Communications Specialist will report to the Communications Manager and is responsible for supporting community networks to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging. They will help to identify, coordinate, and support contracted community partners to connect to messaging outlets in the community to counter mis/disinformation and disseminate Health Department campaigns and messages.
- Provide ongoing technical assistance to contracted community partners to disseminate and expand the reach of COVID-19 response and recovery messaging
- Identify opportunities to connect contracted community partners with Health Department campaigns and messages
- Contribute to the design of health communication materials focused on countering mis/disinformation related to a COVID-19 vaccines
- Maintain situational awareness and understanding of best practices related to behavior change, communication strategies, and building vaccine confidence
- Support communications projects across COVID-19 equity programs such as community story-based projects, materials requests, partner resource digests, and document review
- Support strategic partnerships with external stakeholders providing media and communications support
- In partnership with the Data and Evaluation team, leverage qualitative data to create publicly shareable stories and narratives
- Make community-specific recommendations from partner feedback to inform operational planning and strategy