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 coordination and support for COVID-19 testing needs in NYC nursing homes (NH). It is expected that this person will work 35 hours per week, with the occasional need for some evening and weekend hours.
- Conducts outreach to and enrolls nursing homes in resident testing program.
- Manages case load of NHs, including aiding in ordering testing supplies, accessing test results, setting up calls with medical epidemiologist team, and troubleshooting issues.
- Coordinates information sharing between contracted diagnostic labs, the NYS health department team, NHs, and various internal COVID response teams.
- Works to ensure participating NHs have good experience with the testing program.
- Records and tracks program information in designated data collection systems.
- Stays abreast of ever-changing COVID situation, particularly as it relates to laboratory testing and NHs.
- Understands, interprets, and communicates federal, state, and local guidance.
- Ensures methods are HIPAA compliant and follow NYSDOH guidelines.
- Other tasks as needed, including possible coordination of influenza-related activities.