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.
COVID Recovery and Prevention via Public Health Leadership Development
NYC has been an epicenter of the pandemic since the onset of the United States outbreak. The City's response to COVID-19 is focused on equity, working to eliminate disparities in health care that often result from disinvestment. NYC has channeled investments towards neighborhoods that have historically faced structural barriers resulting in social, racial, and economic gaps. Throughout the pandemic, targeted resources have been directed towards NYC public housing residents via collaboration between the City’s public health leaders (the NYC Health Department and Health + Hospitals) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
A critical component to building capacity for communities to directly respond to the ongoing pandemic response and to take action to help address underlying health conditions that place disinvested communities at higher risk of advanced disease and death is the creation of pathways for residents from those communities into health careers. The NYCHA Health Corps is a new program that will strengthen NYC’s public health workforce by creating infrastructure to support the entry of public housing residents into careers that help build health.
The NYCHA Health Corps
NYCHA Health Corps is a public service AmeriCorps partnership between NYCHA and NYC Service that will be bolstered by strategic collaboration with DOHMH. NYCHA Health Corps provides an opportunity for public housing residents to receive training and work experience in preventive health employment. Corps Members will serve at nonprofits and public agencies, working to advance the health knowledge and conditions in NYCHA communities. The twin goals of the program are to facilitate partner investment in interventions that advances equitable health outcomes across public housing developments and to create pathways for NYCHA residents into public health related careers. NYC Service and NYCHA will recruit, train and co-manage a cohort of 50-80 Health Corps Members in the first year of the program, with a consistent focus on COVID recovery and response.
DOHMH is seeking a NYCHA Health Corps Coordinator who will be activated to work at NYCHA’s Department of Health Initiatives leading and support key aspects of the NYCHA Health Corps program.
This role sits in the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building 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 NYCHA Health Corps Coordinator will be activated to work at NYCHA’s Department of Health Initiatives, leading and supporting key aspects of NYCHA’s participation in the program including host site selection, training and continuing education for Corps Members, and alignment with other preventive health/community health initiatives (including vaccine equity programs managed by the NYC Health Department).
- Coordinate the participation of multiple NYCHA departments in program planning and execution, including the Department of Health Initiatives and Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES)
- Coordinate with partners implementing health programs for NYCHA residents including COVID-19 related initiatives such as vaccine equity work
- Support planning and engagement with key NYCHA community stakeholders
- Identify and activate training, information and other public health resources to ensure NYCHA Health Corps members are positioned to perform their duties and gain new proficiencies that will support public health career advancement
- Help coordinate special events including a program launch, special visits, summits or conferences, and end of year ceremonies
- Assist with the creation of communications content to document and promote the program and help tell the story of public housing resident leadership in health
- Contribute to the collection and analysis of program metrics/key performance indicators and work with colleagues to refine and utilize a logic model to guide progress towards program success
- Sustain and leverage partner activation initiated and expanded over the course of the program
- Work with colleagues at NYC Service and other entities to respond to other program needs and opportunities that arise over the course of the first two years of the program
Improve alignment of goals and initiatives between DOHMH, NYCHA and others in public health leadership development that also advances pandemic preparedness and response