Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist
Job Details
Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health - New York, NY
Full Time
Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist

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.  



With an annual budget of $1.6 billion and more than 6,000 employees throughout the five boroughs, the New York  City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, serving 8 million New Yorkers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We're tackling a broad range of public health issues with innovative policies and programs and getting exceptional results, but our work is never finished. The breadth of our innovative programs provides the widest range of choices for every member of our team.  


Since January 2020, DOHMH has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic- activities include but are not limited to: surveillance & epidemiological investigations; lab testing; engaging and providing guidance to healthcare partners; ensuring the safety & health of responders; providing timely and accurate information to the public; promoting the emotional health of New Yorkers and coordinating citywide COVID-19 vaccine administration. DOHMH works closely with community-based organizations (CBOs) to increase access to and awareness of COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and vaccination services. Consistent with the Health Department’s decades long commitment to place-based investments, new work is focused on neighborhoods who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, have low vaccination rates, and have been harmed by racial and ethnic health inequities. DOHMH seeks to continue place-based anti-racism interventions toward COVID-19 recovery and chronic disease prevention over the coming two years through continued investment in the Public Health Corps. 



DOHMH is seeking a Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist (CHW-ES), to align multiple streams of COVID-19 prevention and recovery and chronic disease prevention work until June 2024.


This role sits in the Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health in the Center for Health Equity & Community Wellness (CHECW), which seeks to eliminate racial and other inequities resulting in premature mortality. With an unwavering grounding in history and structural analysis, CHECW works to increase visibility of the harm perpetuated by centuries of racist, socially unjust policy while pushing towards redress for the most impacted NYC communities. CHECW addresses inequity across community and healthcare systems in partnership with community, faith-based, and health care organizations. CHECW’s work focuses on social determinants of health, including environmental and commercial determinants, and addresses both upstream and downstream factors to improve health and well-being of New Yorkers. CHECW is a division of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


The Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health is seeking to hire a Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist (CHW-ES) who will be responsible to promote COVID-19 recovery efforts and to improve the health status of neighborhoods by engaging the community and promoting resources, services, and programs for health and wellness. The Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist (CHW-ES) under general supervision from one of the following the Community Engagement Senior Manager, Neighborhood Health Action team, Community Research and/or Evaluation Specialist and/or Health Equity Capacity Building team, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, performs responsible work in any phase of community programs and engagement. This includes providing community engagement, programmatic support, and research and evaluation in promoting health equity, capacity building, neighborhood response, and COVID-19 recovery throughout the Harlem. The Community Health Worker - Engagement Specialist (CHW-ES) will align activities, timelines, and deliverables across multiple workstreams in the borough and support this work.   



  • Plan and facilitate health awareness and promotion activities within the community, including, community outreach, workshops, programming and presentations in diverse settings around chronic disease prevention, health equity, capacity building, neighborhood response, COVID-19 recovery, and programmatic services (some evening and weekends work required).
  • Engage community partners and local organizations, including small businesses, civic organizations, community groups, not-for-profits, NYC government agencies, and faith-based organizations and provide them with data and other resources for improving round chronic disease prevention, health equity, capacity building, neighborhood response, and/or COVID-19 recovery.  
  • Develop strong relationships and strengthen collaboration with community organizations and program partners including the NYC government agencies, community based and private organizations, medical and health providers working on improving health equity in the Harlem. 
  • Strategize, develop, and implement a community engagement strategy focused on leveraging community-based organizations/stakeholders to address vaccine hesitancy related to COVID-19 as well as improving round chronic disease prevention, health equity, capacity building, neighborhood response, and/or COVID-19 recovery. 
  • Collaborate with bureau leadership to align COVID-19 recovery and chronic disease with bureau’s goals and objectives. 
  • Track, maintain and monitor community engagement, programmatic efforts, and deliverables in database platforms. Data will include quantitative and qualitative details so timely inputting, accuracy, and detailed oriented is a must.  
  • Assist with program administration for community engagement work and provide clerical support as needed. 
  • Provide support in the COVID-19 resource response efforts including but not limited to disseminating COVID-19 and programmatic information and resources (e.g., PPE) to increase access to and awareness of services. Manage, monitor, and track all COVID-19 and programmatic resource distributed to the public. 
  • Support other programmatic needs within the Bureau including research and evaluation, food security, programmatic referrals and navigation, coalition support, and capacity building.  
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor. 
  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and 3 years of full-time satisfactory experience in community work 
  • Quick learner and able to work in a fast-paced environment and take initiative 
  • Works well independently and within team  
  • Strong community engagement experience 
  • Detailed orientated, familiarity tracking and monitoring programmatic data 
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills 
  • Experience working and/or engaging in priority neighborhoods 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build trust and maintain relationships with community partners 
  • Ability to effectively communicate in public forums and diverse audiences  
  • Strong organizational skills with good follow-through to complete assignments within specified timeframes and juggle several tasks simultaneously 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software applications with strong emphasis on Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel 



  • Experience with Salesforce and Tableau a plus 
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin or French
  • Demonstrable experience in addressing drivers of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and chronic disease 
  • Experience in community engagement, emergency recovery, and resilience work 
  • In-depth knowledge of the borough community stakeholders   
  • Ability to understand the concepts of social determinants of health, institutional racism, structural racism, health inequities and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities 
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.) 



161-169 East 115th Street, Manhattan, New York 10029 



35 hours per week. This position will be funded through June 30, 2024, with possibility of extension. 



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary for this position is $60,000.



There is potential for this position to transition to DOHMH and therefore candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirement including NYC residency.  All hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. This requirement must be met by your hire date.  This position will operate in a hybrid work environment with the potential of shifting to 100% in-office. 



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. 


The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and

encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.