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 (ELC)
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 hire a Medical Specialist with a focus on pediatric and perinatal concerns related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Medical Specialist will focus on activities related to the effects of COVID-19 in causing multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and the effects of infection with COVID-19 during pregnancy on maternal, pregnancy, and infant outcomes. This staff will serve as full-time medical investigator for managing and conducting investigations of suspect MIS-C reports and of infection with COVID-19 during pregnancy. The selected candidate will have clinical experience as well as experience in epidemiology, data management, and data analysis. It is expected that the Medical Specialist will work up to 35 hours per week, with the potential for working extended evening weekend hours.
This position will focus on investigations of: (1) NYC residents reported as suspect cases of MIS-C, and of (2) NYC residents with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy, along with their infants. This position will participate in a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:
- Conduct active surveillance at NYC acute care facilities for suspect MIS-C cases
- Conduct investigations of suspect MIS-C among NYC residents <21 years, though abstraction of medical records and entry of data into surveillance database
- Conduct quality assurance/control for abstracted MIS-C data to ensure accuracy and completeness
- Work with CDC to ensure data reported for MIS-C cases are accurate, complete, and timely
- Analyze Emergency Department syndromic surveillance data to assess its potential utility in informing MIS-C surveillance
- Facilitate collection and analysis of data related to COVID-19 infection during pregnancy through collaboration with Office of Vital Statistics
- Conduct investigations of a sample of infants born to women with COVID-19 infection during pregnancy
- Make modifications to surveillance database as needed
- Conduct outreach to medical community and to general public
- Respond to calls from NYC providers and provide follow-up, as needed
- Create and/or update protocols and other tools related to investigation or documentation of investigations in the BCD surveillance database
- Review routine and ad hoc data analyses
- Prepare and/or review summary reports for internal and external distribution and collaborate on manuscripts
- Participate in outbreak investigations and special epidemiological projects, as needed
- Serve in the regular on-call weekly rotation of medical epidemiologists to assist with outbreak and other acute issues
- Attend meetings for the Incident Command System as well as other meetings inside and outside the Department of Health, as necessary.
- Clinical experience as a physician, preferably with experience in pediatrics, maternal-infant health, or family medicine
- Experience in infectious disease epidemiology
- Experience with project management
- Experience with data management and analysis
- Ability to work well with others
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel