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 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. The Bureau 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.
We are seeking to fill 2 Health Educator positions in the Congregate Settings Investigation and Response Unit in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch while activated for COVID-19 response and in the Enterics, Waterborne, Health Education Unit in the Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD). The Health Educators will provide key support for the Agency’s work of preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, by providing outreach, education and training to congregate settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community and faith based organizations and other public programs as necessary. Health Educators will also assist with outbreak investigations in New York City as needed. It is expected that each Public Health Advisor will work up to 35 hours per week.
The Health Educator/Public Health Advisor II will perform outreach to community organizations and public programs to deliver health education materials in-person, by telephone and online meetings/webinars. The selected candidates will conduct presentations related to improving health and preventing illness through measures such as hand and respiratory hygiene measures, proper infection control practices and travel related health prevention messages. The selected candidates may conduct focus groups to solicit ideas about how best to target health education outreach. The selected candidate will work with staff at residential facilities and community partners to encourage staff, residents and the general public to use web tools designed to provide accurate health advice online, will conduct data entry and data management, and will assist with program development and evaluation as necessary.
The selected candidate will report to the Bureau’s Health Educator and be responsible for the following activities:
- Outreach to congregate settings, residential programs, community-based organizations and public programs
- Assist with creating and delivering culturally sensitive and appropriate presentations on infection control and prevention of COVID-19 and trainings on infection control and prevention best practices.
- Assist educators in the planning of education programs on the subjects of communicable/preventable and environmental disease control.
- Assist with identifying and addressing issues around health disparities, health literacy and racial equity in health education initiatives and messaging.
- Provide information in person, by phone and online on infection control and prevention, including but not limited to counseling patients before and/or after testing for communicable diseases, visit settings and patients and patient contacts as needed, make appropriate referrals for services and shares results with appropriate DOHMH staff.
- Assist in planning and implementation of special projects related to health education, infection control and prevention.
- Represent the Bureau of Communicable Disease at community events and health fairs
- Write outreach evaluation summaries
- Organize health education materials, and maintain inventory for the materials
- Create a filing system and shred confidential documents
- Perform data entry and/or miscellaneous projects