COVID-19

Overview

Company Overview:

With an annual budget of $2.3 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. With grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOHMH is undertaking a new initiative to establish, expand, train, and sustain the public health workforce to support jurisdictional COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives over 2 years.

The selected candidate will be an employee of Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit organization which is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant but will work be supervised by DOHMH.  This is a grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

Program Description:

DOHMH’s Division of Family and Child Health (FCH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children. FCH’s is that every child, woman, and family recognize their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and developmental potential. We encourage qualified applicants with demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity to apply.

The Office of School Health (OSH) is a joint program of the Department of Education (DOE) and DOHMH responsible for promoting the health of the 1.3 million school children enrolled in approximately 1,800 public and non-public schools in New York City. Services to students include case management of chronic health problems, preventive health screening, urgent care, medication administration, preventive counseling, reproductive health services, health education referral for care and assurance of ongoing effective treatment. OSH has been the provider of public health services for 100 years.

The COVID-19 response has revealed the need for a school health emergency management unit that can quickly respond to emergencies impacting schools and also train staff in emergency roles and content who can then be quickly activated when needed. The need for public facing and youth-oriented presentations around COVID-19 vaccine promotion for school communities is apparent.

Summary of Position:

DOHMH has an opening for two (2) School Health COVID-19 Educators for OSH staff development on school related health and safety protocols and guidance and developing provider-led presentations for school communities. These positions will help develop and present youth-oriented presentations for student presentations and participate in DOHMH emergency responses for the Schools and Family emergency response group.

Job Description and Duties:

  • Develop staff development materials for OSH staff on ICS and emergency response roles.
  • Develop train the trainer modules for OSH staff to participate in school community engagement around COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Develop provider-led presentations for school communities in collaboration with OSH emergency response unit Clinical Advisors.
  • Develop and disseminate youth-oriented presentations on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Represent OSH on COVID-19 vaccine taskforces and activities.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • B.S. or B.A. in health education, public health, or related field.
  • Previous experience working in fields related to health education and/or outreach and/or community engagement for minimum of 2 years.
  • Capacity and willingness to learn content on COVID-19 and DOHMH emergency response roles and responsibilities.
  • The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and project management.
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
  • Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.
  • Experience working with the public health sector and coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Additional Information:

  • This is a temporary grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.
  • This individual must reside in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) by their confirmed start date.
  • Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.
  • This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.

NOTE:  All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy.  Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

About Public Health Solutions

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support vulnerable New York City families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential.

As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to vulnerable low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. To learn more about our work, please visit healthsolutions.org.