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.
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene is committed to helping create a world where all New Yorkers can safely express their sexuality and gender identity with dignity, possessing the knowledge, skills and resources to support healthy and fulfilling lives.
New York City Teens Connection (NYCTC) is an adolescent sexual health program of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health (BMIRH) in the Division of Family and Child Health within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). NYCTC is an expansion of Bronx Teens Connection, scaling up this successful community-based model to reach more youth throughout NYC. By engaging youth, parents, community-based organizations, schools, clinics, and citywide agencies in a comprehensive effort to improve adolescent sexual health, NYCTC will help youth in NYC learn about their sexual and reproductive health, access the information and resources they need to make healthy decisions, and feel empowered to act on these decisions.
Poor health outcomes rarely occur in isolation, and certain communities tend to face multiple health inequities. These unfair, unnecessary and avoidable disparities are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and discrimination – including racism – and require the investment of attention, resources, and deliberate corrective efforts to repair. As part of BMIRH, NYCTC strives to apply a sexual and reproductive justice and racial framework that prioritizes individual choice and bodily autonomy within the contexts of historical events, lived experiences, sexualities, and social conditions, and ensuring we fully engage community partners to move this work forward. NYCTC is also part of a larger health department effort to advance just and fair outcomes for all New Yorkers, particularly those most marginalized, and prioritizes neighborhoods with histories of social disinvestment and persistently poor health outcomes.
NYCTC will work through partnerships and existing systems to bring evidence-based programs and clinic linkages annually to at least 25% of young people ages 13-19 across several priority neighborhoods with histories of social and economic disinvestment. NYCTC will reach young people with sexual health education across six settings. Reducing the Risk, recommended by the NYC Department of Education (DOE), will be delivered annually in traditional high schools, Teen Health Project will be delivered in transfer and international high schools, Making Proud Choices will be delivered in middle schools, and Making a Difference will be delivered in District 75 schools. Seventeen Days will reach youth in clinics and youth-serving organizations, including juvenile justice programs. All partnering schools and youth-serving organizations will also be linked to local “teen-friendly” clinics that provide high quality sexual and reproductive health services to young people; instructors will incorporate a visit to the linked clinic within each evidence-based program. Parents of adolescents will be reached through partnerships with school-based Parent Coordinators and a variety of parent groups, being provided with education and support to improve their communication with youth around sexual and reproductive health. Building on existing relationships between DOHMH and community organizations, local leaders, and other stakeholders, NYCTC has established local Community Advisory Teams and Youth Leadership Teams in 3 boroughs who inform the program work, encourage systems-based changes, and help disseminate information throughout the priority communities. Lastly, an evaluation plan that includes regular monitoring of key process and outcome measures for each component will provide the basis for continual improvements.
New York City Teens Connection (NYCTC) offers an exciting, unique opportunity for a public health professional to work on an innovative project to engage with teachers and other school leaders, teens, parents, community leaders, clinical services providers, and other stakeholders that work with teens. The overall project aim is to foster an environment where all teens develop the skills and have the tools needed to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and know where to go for health services.
- Work with Deputy Director and Senior Coordinators of Evidence Based Programs in Schools to recruit and confirm implementation partners for Reducing The Risk (RTR), Teen Health Project (THP), Making Proud Choices (MPC), and Making a Difference among school partners
- Provide training, technical assistance and supplemental materials to partners
- Conduct observations of partners as they implement evidence-based programs
- Work closely with the implementation partners and NYCTC evaluation staff to collect data and track all students receiving the selected evidence-based programs in all settings
- Work with the Deputy Director of Clinic Linkages to facilitate the implementation of linkage relationships between partnering schools and local clinics
- Represent NYCTC to partnering organizations
- Ability to travel throughout the city
- Deliver program supplies to partner sites
- Assist with other duties, tasks, and special projects as may be required by NYCDOHMH