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, affect 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 (School-Based Health Center-Reproductive & Sexual Health Project)
The Office of School Health (OSH) is a joint program of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is responsible for promoting the health of the 1.2 million children enrolled in approximately 1,800 public and non 'public schools in the New York City.
The OSH Adolescent Health Unit (AHU) oversees a variety of programs and services that include 1) the School –Based Health Center (SBHC) Program, which currently includes 162 operational clinics operated by 21 Sponsoring Institutions, which offer comprehensive primary care services including mental health and age-appropriate reproductive health as critical components of adolescent health care services; 2) the Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare (CATCH) Program, which offers in-school pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, hormonal contraception and referrals for reproductive health care by OSH staff on 57 High School campuses; 3) Chancellor’s Initiative which is a $30Million project to develop and build over 20 SBHC’s over the course of 3 years; 4) School Based Mental Health Roadmap training initiative that offers over 60 workshops/trainings per year to over 300 mental health professionals working in NYC public school; and 5) Foster Care mental health initiative which utilizes innovative Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment modality to treat trauma among young people impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and other losses and traumas.
The OSH AHU provides financial support to 35 SBHCs sited primarily in high school settings, and provides technical support to SBHCs that it does not fund that offer age-appropriate reproductive health services to sexually active students. Non-funded SBHCs are also required to attend several OSH trainings per year.
Under the supervision of the Director of Adolescent Health (or her designee), but with wide latitude for independent judgment and initiative, the Director of Training & Health Education will be responsible for overseeing and implementing a series of annual workshops and trainings on sexual and reproductive health issues for all NYC SBHCs; serving as primary liaison between the OSH/AHU and various training vendors; and for disseminating relevant health education messaging and curricula to all SBHC health educators and other staff providing reproductive health education. The primary goal of this position is to support SBHCs in providing high quality reproductive health services to their student populations. In addition to the core reproductive health topics, the Director will develop and provide additional training on general adolescent health issues and adolescent development.
The Director of Training & Health Education will be expected to direct the SBHC Sexual and Reproductive Health Training Unit; conduct strategic planning to ensure the training needs of SBHC personnel are met; oversee the implementation of existing training curriculum and develop new trainings; and to monitor and support the implementation of health education best practices in participating SBHCs.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Managing the day-to-day operations of the SBHC Sexual and Reproductive Health training and education unit;
- Regularly reviewing the goals and direction of the training and capacity building unit, and making recommendations for new training topics and professional development needs;
- Developing and implementing tools to identify needs for training and capacity building at the SBHC for all staff;
- Creating an annual training calendar for all SBHC interdisciplinary personnel, including a set of CORE mandated trainings that cover sexual and reproductive health in addition to general adolescent health and development issues.
- Developing curricula and offering training on adolescent sexual health topics such as adolescent friendly services in health centers, health education curricula, outreach services, parent educational workshops on understanding adolescent sexuality, etc.
- Conducting Family Planning “mindset” orientation for new as well as existing SBHC personnel working in SBHCs, and conducts periodic trainings as needed to SBHC staff providing health education to meet the goals and objectives of the OSH/AHU’s teen pregnancy prevention initiative.
- Obtaining input from senior staff and from health educators in the field to implement a series of annual health education trainings, including CORE mandatory trainings to support the provision of best practices in sexual and reproductive healthcare.
- Reviewing health education encounter data to study and assess health education services being offered by SBHC personnel including quantitative data on individual vs group encounters in NYC SBHCs working with sexually active teens.
- Recommending new health education policies/procedures and modifications to existing health education curricula to help health educators reach their intended target population, and to add to existing knowledge in this field.
- Staying abreast of appropriate adolescent reproductive health interventions and their content and guidelines
- Conducting scientific research literature reviews on best practices in health education and/or adolescent pregnancy prevention and harm reduction
- Working closely with the Director of Reproductive Health, using findings to help inform the provision of evidence-based services for students being served in the SBHCs
- Communicating current health education guidelines and best practices to all relevant SBHC personnel in the field that work directly with patients seeking family planning services.
- Disseminating all OSH/AHU approved educational materials and job aides to SBHC clinic personnel that offer family planning counseling to their constituent SBHC populations.
- Understanding and communicating principles of health education interventions in both classroom and clinic-based setting
- Collecting, reviewing, and preparing reports on data from encounters with health educators (individual as well as group encounters) and making recommendations as needed for improvements in outreach and utilization.
- Troubleshooting challenges faced by health educators trying to implement this work
- Other related tasks, as needed