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 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Study (NHBS) is a comprehensive system for bio-behavioral surveillance conducted since 2003 in populations with high burden of HIV. It is an annual CDC-sponsored project in New York City (NYC) and other participating sites. The HIV Epidemiology Program is recruiting a Project Coordinator for the second round of the NYC NHBS Transgender Women Project (NHBS-Trans). The project is aimed at measuring HIV prevalence, risk behaviors, testing and utilization of HIV prevention services, and social determinants of health among women of trans experience and transfeminine people. Data collection will be preceded by a formative research assessment that will include semi-structured interviews with stakeholders and community members, focus groups, and community engagement. During data collection participants will undergo an interviewer-administered survey, be offered testing for HIV, STIs, and linked to care and services. Participants will be recruited via respondent driven sampling with a recruitment goal of 300 participants.
The NHBS-Trans Project Coordinator will report to the NHBS Project Director and be responsible for leading all activities for formative research and data collection, and other activities as needed for the project.. This full-time salaried position is planned to begin in Fall 2022, for a term of approximately 20 months or longer, contingent on the project timeline and funding. Evening and weekend hours may be required. Training will be provided.
- Lead all formative research activities, including recruiting and conducting in-depth interviews with professional and community key informants and community engagement and outreach.
- Recruit members for the study’s Collaborative Boards and coordinate and lead all meetings and communications.
- Write up findings of formative research in the form of a Formative Assessment Report to be submitted to the CDC.
- Assist in the identification of data collection sites, and develop strong, meaningful partnerships with site leadership and other key staff.
- With the Project Director, hire and directly supervise temporary staff, including a Study Operations Assistant, Interviewers, and HIV/STI testing counselors.
- Train all temporary staff on study procedures and protocol, provide opportunities for career development and team building. Conduct staff evaluations with the Project Director.
- Manage all aspects of planning for and daily operations of data collection at study site locations, adhere to detailed survey research protocols, and comply with protocols for confidentiality. This includes brief daily debrief meetings, and weekly team meetings.
- Ensure adequate preparations for study, including ordering and maintaining supplies, study incentives, development of study outreach materials, and equipment for on-site locations.
- Development of Community resource one pager for study participants
- Implement all locally developed procedures, including staff and participant safety, incident reporting for both staff and participants, and COVID-19 safety precautions.
- Monitor and manage data by reviewing and reconciling study forms and logs, oversee documentation and correction of data errors, ensuring daily transfer of interview data, and supervise entry of data into a secure data portal.
- Responsible to the adherence of HIV testing and STI specimen collection procedures; oversee maintenance of HIV testing/STI specimen collection supplies; maintain and ship HIV/STI test specimens; receive and log HIV/STI test results from lab; return STI results to participants.
- Oversee linkage to care procedures.
- With the Project Director, complete and manage IRB submissions and CDC required reports.
- Participate in CDC site visits, trainings, regular conference calls, and as available, monthly calls, and co facilitation of Collaborative Board meetings, and manage incentives.
- Disseminate findings, including from the first round of NHBS-Trans to the community and other stakeholders, in the form of presentations and reports.
- Assist with other related duties as assigned.
This position will require transporting study supplies (i.e., tablets, incentives, paperwork) and specimens from the data collection site to personal residence on a daily basis. It may also require packaging of specimens from personal residence.