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.
DOHMH’s Division of Family and Child Health (FCH) 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 vision 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 OSH Medical Unit oversees clinical services to students and works closely with Division of Disease Control when infectious disease cases among students in NYC schools. During COVID-19 pandemic, OSH physicians and nurses conducted telehealth outreach to remote learning students and presentations about the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines to parents, students, school staff, and school communities. OSH staff also provided health and safety guidance to public and non-public schools, staff the DOE Return to School situation room that performs case and contact investigations and develops health protocols for OSH medical rooms.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for two (2) School Health Emergency Response Clinical Advisor(s) to serve within a new 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. This position will also support and guide DOE on federal and state COVID-19 guidelines and mandates and advise them on developing and implementing protocols, as well as. liaise with DOHMH surveillance and epidemiology units to collaborate on data collection, analysis and reporting as it impacts school populations.
Specifically, the School Health Emergency Response Clinical Advisor will:
- Oversee emergency response protocols, activation, staff development and procedures for OSH. Lead the OSH emergency response unit and support COVID-19 response related to schools.
- Provide infection prevention and control presentation and staff training based on current scientific knowledge and DOHMH policy.
- Develop guidance documents, protocols and educational materials related to COVID-19 case and cluster investigations in schools, and revising, as needed.
- Assist with interpretation, reporting and analyzing data from outbreak and cluster investigations.
- Communicate with DOE and non-public school leadership and/or concerned staff/clients as needed, including provision of written guidance, health education materials and oral/video conference presentations.
- Interact with other DOHMH emergency response groups, divisions and bureaus to coordinate response to outbreak prevention and control in schools.
- Other relevant duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Previous experience working in fields related to emergency response, infectious diseases, or public health epidemiology for 3 or more years.
- Capacity and willingness to learn emergency response and how it relates to NYC schools.
- 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.
- MPH or public health degree.
- 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.
- Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation.
- 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.
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.