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 Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW) aims to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact health. CHECW works to increase placed-based investments in priority neighborhoods with community programming and services based on epidemiology; influence and leverage the health system to promote whole-person care; intensify the agency’s approach to tackling big salt, sugar, and tobacco; and finding innovative ways to improve the built environment and address the social determinants of health and root causes of health inequities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CHECW is working directly with communities experiencing the unjust impacts of inequities exacerbated by COVID-19, including impacts like high mortality rates, food insecurity, loss of employment, and eviction.
The Health Department is working to ensure fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. This requires that the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine and Vaccine Hubs operated by the Health Department throughout the city. The Health Department’s COVID-19 Equity Action Plan recognizes that underinvestment and structural racism are the root causes of the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths seen in priority neighborhoods.
The Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement (VEPE) project will support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine information by funding community partners to develop messaging, lead engagement, and support navigation of vaccination scheduling systems in priority communities. Community and Faith-based organizations often rely on very limited internal resources that have been stretched even thinner by COVID-19 and parallel pandemics (e.g. mental health, chronic disease, social and economic instability, overdose, and racism). Funding aims to increase investment in the organizations that have deep roots in the priority communities we seek to engage.
This position is funded for 1 year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, P.L. 116-260. There is the possibility of an additional 2 years of funding, contingent on grant renewal.
In partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and under the direction of the Manager, the Partner Coordinator of Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement will directly engage and support community- and faith-based organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a high-profile, high priority project in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other City Agencies through the Vaccine Command Center.
The partner coordinator will support implementation of deliverables for a portfolio of organizations funded to do outreach, messaging, education, and navigation for the COVID-19 vaccine. The partner coordinator will be under the direct supervision of the Manager and will be one of two to four other partner coordinators who will be coordinating the partners at the neighborhood level. The coordinator will provide critical support to ensure contract compliance, partner engagement, and partner capacity building in priority neighborhoods and communities to confront health inequities, misinformation, and disparate impacts of COVID-19.
The candidate should demonstrate the ability to manage relationships and engagement with a cohort of organizations of varying capacity. Most organizations will be borough-specific, but some may cross boroughs and engage communities throughout NYC (e.g. LGBTQ+ organizations serving NYC). The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience and success in implementing technical assistance, capacity building and engagement strategies with a racial equity lens to community-based organizations and faith-based organizations to improve health outcomes.
- Manage relationships and engagement with a cohort of organizations of varying capacity
- Convene partners on a regular basis for co-learning and support
- Support partners in setting and achieving deliverables
- Coordinate the implementation of partner engagement and capacity building strategies and ensure alignment with overall program goals of assigned partner organizations
- Coordinate across boroughs to learn from other partner coordinators working directly with stakeholders at the neighborhood level
- Support contract amendments and contract compliance
- Provide technical assistance on contracting, invoicing, and other administrative processes to partner organizations
- Ensure partners have the most up-to-date public health information and guidance
- Support the manager in writing and the dissemination of program reports to internal and external stakeholders
- Coordinate review of partner communications materials
- Work with program manager to ensure partner PPE requests are fulfilled
- Support partner reporting needs in collaboration with the data analyst
- Identify partner needs and respond accordingly through the provision of technical assistance
- Resolve partner challenges and elevate and recommend programmatic improvements