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 and epidemiological investigations; lab testing; engaging and providing guidance to healthcare partners; ensuring the safety and 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 that is the fiscal and administrative manager of the grant but will be supervised by DOHMH. This is a grant-funded position ending June 30, 2023.

The Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) aims to eliminate racial inequities resulting in premature mortality, with a focus on chronic disease, by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact health. CHECW works to increase placed-based investments in priority neighborhoods with community programming and services based on epidemiology; influence and leverage the health system to promote whole-person care; intensify the agency’s approach to tackling big salt, sugar, and tobacco; and finding innovative ways to improve the built environment and address other social determinants of health. CHECW is comprised of the Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Bronx Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Harlem Neighborhood Health, the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, the Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building, the Bureau of Equitable Health Systems, and the Bureau of Finance, Administration, and Services.

The Bureau of Equitable Health Systems (BEHS) within CHECW is the healthcare systems bureau of DOHMH. Our mission is to apply policy, evidence, and practical expertise to improve equity in health care delivery at the individual, organizational, and systems levels. We do this by engaging primary care providers and other healthcare organizations to implement evidence-based strategies; leveraging information to support planning and technical assistance for providers and payers; advancing policy to close the racial equity gap for priority health outcomes; and surfacing opportunities where health care can influence and connect consumers to social support and addressing the whole person, beyond physical ailments.

The Program Evaluation and Planning (PEP) unit within BEHS conducts program evaluations of chronic disease-focused interventions in clinical and community settings, uses monitoring and surveillance of chronic disease outcomes to identify inequities in disease management and healthcare services delivery, and develops analytics to support healthcare equity goals. Additionally, PEP disseminates findings to inform programs and policies to reduce inequities in healthcare delivery, disease prevention, and disease management, particularly in primary care settings. As healthcare inequities were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit will be monitoring chronic disease health indicators to track recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to help the bureau identify healthcare delivery gaps to develop more targeted, place-based, and anti-racist approaches to reducing health inequities.

Job description

DOHMH has an opening for a Primary Care Health Equity Analyst. Reporting to the Senior Analyst, Healthcare Surveillance, the analyst will be responsible for developing processes for capturing, analyzing, and reporting chronic disease health indicators from outpatient care settings during the COVID-19 recovery period. This position will also support Chief Medical Officer goals to address structural racism in the primary care system. The ideal candidate for this position will be a proactive and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and with multiple stakeholders.

Specifically, the Primary Care Health Equity Analyst will:

Collect, clean, and analyze chronic disease data from a variety of sources, including electronic medical record (EMR), Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) outpatient data, and Medicaid claims data.
Develop novel methodologies to capture and report on chronic disease health indicators during the COVID-19 recovery period.
Assist staff with tracking and identifying gaps in health services delivery in the primary care setting among populations adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assist with data quality checks and quality assurance processes using a variety of data sources.
Develop data summaries, visualizations, dashboards, and presentations on trends in chronic disease outcomes in outpatient settings.
Contribute to writing manuscripts, white papers, or other summaries of evaluation and surveillance findings.

Qualifications:

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, or environmental science or in public health.
Strong analytic and statistical skills with at least one year of experience in manipulating and analyzing data using SAS and/or R.
Demonstrated skills managing data and working with large datasets.
Familiarity with epidemiological research and program evaluation methodologies.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with an attention to detail.
Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-disciplinary team environment.
Willingness to adapt to new data structures and tackle novel problems creatively.
Working knowledge of or interest in a range of public health topics.

Additional Desired Qualities:

Experience using SQL to manipulate large datasets.
Experience creating data visualizations and dashboards with Tableau, Power BI, or similar software.
Experience creating maps and conducting spatial analyses.
Familiarity with chronic disease epidemiology.
Interest in using clinical data to improve population-level health outcomes.
Desire to grow professionally, develop new skills, and willingness to work outside of comfort zone.

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 New Yorkers and their 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 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. Learn more about our work at healthsolutions.org.