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 (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases, Enhancing Detection Grant Program) The Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD), part of the Division of Disease Control, is composed of seven units/programs which are responsible for monitoring and investigating 73 infectious diseases including viral hepatitis, foodborne, waterborne, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. BCD also monitors and analyzes trends in disease data and provides consultation to the medical community and the public on the recognition, prevention and control of communicable diseases. BCD is currently supporting the citywide COVID-19 response under the DOHMH’s Incident Command System.
We are seeking to fill 2 positions in the Congregate Settings Investigation and Response Unit which will provide leadership and support for COVID-19 testing needs in residential congregate facilities. It is expected that each Testing Coordinator will work up to 35 hours per week, which will include some weekend hours.
- Coordinate testing (specimen collection) and information sharing between contracted vendors, clinician(s), DOHMH, and congregate residential settings. These settings include adult care facilities, supportive housing programs, shelters, substance use treatment centers, correctional facilities and facilities that serve people with developmental disabilities.
- Project management and tracking of milestones; outreach, education, and recruitment of facilities based on prioritization.
- Understand, interpret, and communicate federal, state and local guidance.
- Troubleshoot issues related to specimen collection and results reporting. Available for consultation by facilities needing assistance with specimen collection, interpretation of results, etc.
- Recording and tracking program information in Maven, the Bureau of Communicable Disease’s internal database.
- Manage notification of test results from vendor collecting specimens to the facility directors and to DOHMH Lead Investigators using DOHMH reporting mechanisms.
- Liaise with infection control specialists, epidemiologists, clinicians, laboratories and DOHMH investigation and data team members as needed.
- Ensure methods are HIPAA compliant and follow NYSDOH guidelines.