Health Educator
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Health Educator

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 (NYC).



The Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment (BADUPCT) works to reduce morbidity and mortality related to alcohol and substance use among New Yorkers through contracting and oversight of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery and support services; policy analysis and development; epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation; development and dissemination of treatment and management guidelines; harm reduction initiatives; public and provider outreach and education; and community involvement and interagency collaboration.

The Research and Surveillance unit conducts alcohol- and drug-related surveillance, program evaluation and research, maintains databases, designs research protocols, produces reports, writes scientific articles for peer review journals, and facilitates program and policy development.

With an annual budget of approximately $2 million dollars per year, Strategies To Operationalize the Prevention of Overdose Death (STOP OD) aims to strengthen NYC’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic and reduce overdose deaths. Informed by critical new surveillance and in collaboration with cross-sector partners across levels of government, DOHMH will implement focused prevention and response strategies to reach populations that bear the heaviest burden of opioid use and associated morbidity and mortality.

BADUPCT seeks one Health Educator to lead on the development and dissemination of health promotion activities and materials to address emerging drug issues.

STOP OD is supported by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Senior Epidemiologist position is funded through August 2021 with the strong possibility of extension based on successful reapplication for funding. This position is housed at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Long Island City.


Under the direction of the Research and Surveillance Manager the Health Educator will coordinate and contribute to the development and dissemination of communication materials, drug related topics, health promotion, and health education activities.



  • Assist with drafting communications materials, including, but not limited to: fact sheets and community-facing publications, data reports, articles for peer review.
  • Craft talking points and develop agency messaging around overdose and public health approach to promoting the health of people who use drugs.
  • Create and track presentations, briefing documents, and other summary materials for bureau.
  • Prepare progress reports for internal and external agencies, including City Hall.
  • Conduct literature reviews and desk research on assigned topics.
  • Coordinate the development of harm reduction and health education messaging and resources on a range of drug-related issues.
  • Assist with scheduling meetings as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  •  A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science.
  • Background in public health, drug policy, and/or field related to substance use and/or harm reduction.
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural racism and principles of health equity, and commitment to advancing health equity.
  • Experience and/or interest in project coordination.
  • Experience synthesizing information across a variety of quantitative and qualitative data sources as well as scientific and public health literature.
  • Experience using MS Office Suite including: creating presentations in PowerPoint and using Excel for project tracking and management purposes.
  • Experience in creating presentations and preparing briefing documents on a variety of topics.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment



FPHNYC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.



To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter and how your experience relates to this position.  We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. 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.