COVID-19

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.

NYC DOHMH’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) was created to promote DOHMH’s and NYC’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from health emergencies. OEPR coordinates agency- and healthcare system-wide emergency planning, exercises and training, evaluation, information sharing, operations and logistics and coordination with healthcare partners, community stakeholders, City, State & Federal partners. OEPR’s work focuses on promoting and protecting public health through emergency preparedness and response; and recognizes that social inequities negatively impact our efforts to maintain and improve the health of NYC during and after a disaster. With these inequities in mind, OEPR is also working to improve its application of a social justice and racial equity lens to its emergency preparedness and response work. OEPR’s efforts to combat the harmful effects of systemic injustices on communities focuses on working towards the most equitable post-disaster public health outcomes possible.

OEPR’s Bureau of Healthcare and community Readiness (BHCR) bridges public health, healthcare, and community through community engagement and response and healthcare emergency preparedness. The Policy and Strategic Initiatives Unit oversees strategic planning for OEPR and coordinates cross-divisional and agency priorities including partnerships with outside stakeholders. This unit provides review, analysis and input on city, state and federal legislative and regulatory changes that impact public health emergency preparedness and response and manages large-scale multi-stakeholder projects including DOHMH operations for the Citywide PPE Service Center and coordination for Crisis Standards of Care planning.

Job description

DOHMH has an opening for a Healthcare Supply Chain Strategist.  Reporting to the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, this position will be responsible for DOHMH-led functions that support the city-wide Personal Protective Equipment Service Center, which provides PPE to eligible healthcare facilities to safely care for patients and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The HC Supply Chain Strategist will be the DOHMH point of contact for PPE Service Center operations, and liaise with internal and external stakeholders, report on relevant issues and provide updates, manage communications as PPE requirements and guidelines may change; plan strategically for future needs in a fast-paced and changing environment.

Specifically, the Healthcare Supply Chain Strategist will:

Provide research and policy support for activities that impact PPE distribution and planning for resource scarcity, including monitoring Federal and State policy changes and providing synthesis and analysis on proposed legislation
Support forward planning and implementation through cross-divisional and interagency workgroups to align needs with educational opportunities for policymakers
Manage day to day operations of the PPE Service Center including onboarding new eligible facilities, training new customers/account holders, oversight of PPE allocation amounts and other information as required for facilities to be able to order from the PPE Service Center
Support processes to facilitate equitable distribution of PPE through engagement with stakeholders
Manage PPE Service Center data: create and produce summary data dashboards
Serve as point of contact for issues or concerns related to the PPE Service Center for participating healthcare facilities
Collaborate with internal DOHMH staff across the Agency if/when staff need to be involved in outreach or partnerships with sectors receiving PPE.

Qualifications:

A BA/BS degree or higher from an accredited college or university is required, a master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of 2 years professional or volunteer experience.
Detail-oriented and “good/excellent” time management and ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
Experience in project management, planning and implementation.
Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
Experience and skill with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and navigating web-based applications.
Ability to learn new data systems quickly and to comply with data integrity requirements to safeguard information.
Ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and its impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
The ideal candidate for this position must be a proactive and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALITIES

Interest or experience working in the fields of public health or emergency management.
Background or experience in policy analysis and the legislative process.
Strong analytical skills and ability to manage and report complex information.
Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Knowledge of, or ability to learn, R and Tableau and how to clean large datasets to organize the data and produce easy to understand visuals.
Ability to interact professionally with people from diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds during a time of crisis and distress.

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.

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.

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).

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.