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 (Human Papilloma Virus Project)
The Office of School Health (OSH) is a joint Program of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene responsible for promoting the health of the 1.3 million school children enrolled in approximately 1,800 public and non 'public schools in the New York City. It directs health programs in all public schools and many private schools and oversees DOE’s efforts in health and physical education. OSH provides onsite nursing, physician, and health education services to NYC students. These services include medication administration, skilled nursing care to students with special needs, case management for chronic illnesses, vision screening and exams and referrals for complex medical needs. In addition, OSH oversees teen pregnancy and birth surveillance for the City and administers two programs which deliver direct reproductive health services to students in schools, the Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare (CATCH) program and the School-based Health Centers (SBHC). OSH also provides technical support, quality assurance and data analysis for School-based Health Clinics in NYC which are operated by community health and hospital institutions.
The OSH has received funding to implement a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination program that will expand immunization efforts in NYC public schools. This program will serve both male and female children and young adults currently enrolled in DOE schools and New York City charter schools. The OSH will collaborate with the Bureau of Immunization (BOI) which is responsible for promoting the immunization of children and adults against hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, polio, influenza, rotavirus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, and human papillomavirus.
The Project Director will work closely with leadership in the DOHMH Office of School Health, Bureau of Immunization and several Department of Education (DOE) offices to oversee a school-based HPV immunization program. The objectives for this implementation grant are: 1) Implement an expanded HPV vaccination program in select NYC public schools, 2) Carry out activities to implement, support and sustain a school-based HPV vaccination program in NYC public schools, and 3) Raise awareness and promote the program through a variety of communications strategies. This is a three-year grant funded planning grant with a possibility for continued funding.
- Oversee and ensure the effective execution of all program activities and objectives
- Submit bi-annual grant reports to highlight program achievements and milestones, and address barriers
- Oversee development of external facing communication campaigns, including social media, print materials and parent/student/school outreach.
- Partner with SBHC providers to identify and overcome barriers to vaccination compliance.
- Supervise all HPV project staff.
- Work closely with representatives from Research, Data and Evaluation units of the Office of School Health, Bureau of Immunization and City Immunization Registry to conduct ongoing data reports to facilitate immunization efforts in SBHCs
- Work closely with DOE representatives to implement, track and manage automated immunization reports from DOE health databases (ATS).
- Examine the controversial issues which educators and parents may have around HPV vaccination and convene focus groups of parents and meetings of key stakeholders (educators, local elected officials) and create a proposal for addressing them.
- Implement and direct a workgroup of content experts (medical, administrative, legal) to identify logistical barriers and other impediments to vaccination compliance.
- Develop and oversee all HPV continuing education trainings across various disciplines involved, including the successful implementation of Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO)
- Screen, interview and hire future HPV program staff, as necessary