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.
DOHMH is launching a coordinated suicide prevention effort that aims to reduce suicide deaths and suicide-related behaviors among NYC youth and young adults. This effort will be supported by a dedicated team of staff who will:
- Develop DOHMH's capacity to monitor this urgent public health issue
- Increase and diversify suicide prevention services for youth and their families/other support networks
- Provide strategic direction to existing endeavors and expand efforts to mitigate the socio-environmental risk factors for suicide through public health, urban planning, and urban design strategies
This position is funded through the BIPOC Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and is located within the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Mental Hygiene, DOHMH, in Long Island City, Queens.
The Program Specialist for Suicide Prevention Initiatives will have a background in program oversight/management and child/adolescent mental health. They will focus on suicide prevention initiatives, including a set of community-based suicide prevention demonstration projects for BIPOC youth and a new hospital-based suicide prevention program. They will report to the Director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives and collaborate closely with other members of the suicide prevention team, all working within the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families.
- Monitor program performance of suicide prevention programs, assessing programmatic needs and improving quality of operations using data.
- Review and approve program budgets, invoices, and other contract-related documents and deliverables. Monitor adherence to scopes, budgets, and relevant regulations.
- Manage the collection of data from provider agencies contracted with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide suicide prevention services.
- Liaise with an external evaluator conducting an evaluation of the hospital-based pilot.
- Convene and facilitate provider meetings and provide technical assistance to providers as needed.
- Conduct literature reviews on equitable, evidence-based/informed suicide prevention practices to inform ongoing successful program operations.
- Maintain records, write reports and prepare and conduct presentations to specific groups of internal and external stakeholders.
- Assist with other relevant or special projects overseen by the new suicide prevention team
- Assist with supervision of interns and other student work, when needed.