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:

The Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) seeks to eliminate racial and other inequities resulting in premature mortality. With an unwavering grounding in history and structural analysis, CHECW works to increase visibility of the harm perpetuated by centuries of racist, socially unjust policy while pushing towards redress for the most impacted NYC communities. CHECW addresses inequity across community and healthcare systems in partnership with community, faith-based, and health care organizations. CHECW’s work focuses on social determinants of health, including environmental and commercial determinants, and addresses both upstream and downstream factors to improve health and well-being of New Yorkers. CHECW is a division of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Through the COVID-19 response, CHECW has bolstered its outreach to health care providers in both messaging and direct engagement. CHECW is led by the Agency’s Chief Medical Officer, who works to align Agency work around COVID-19 recovery with health care systems and providers.

Summary of Position:

The Research Associate will report to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer.

This position will support the work of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the CMO’s strategic plan, a key document that outlines priorities for the Agency, including in the context of COVID-19. The Research Assistant will support evaluation efforts for initiatives within the CMO’s strategic plan while also conducting literature reviews, developing white papers and reports, and reviewing and managing evaluation data in partnership with other team members.  The Research Assistant will work with staff within CHECW and with COVID-19 activated staff within the Agency’s incident command structure in support of workstreams that intersect with the health care system and with health care providers.


Provide research and coordination support to the Chief Medical Officer
Conduct literature reviews on topics specific to the CMO’s strategic plan, including the role of health systems and health care providers in COVID-19 recovery efforts
Develop summaries, white papers, research briefs, and other documents in support of CMO priorities, including bridging public health and health care through COVID-19 recovery
Develop, implement, and maintain data collection systems for evaluation data connected to the CMO’s strategic plan, including for initiatives oriented around COVID-19 recovery
Provide coordination support to existing CMO initiatives, including the Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms
Assist with cataloguing and aligning of COVID-19 recovery efforts involving health care systems and/or health care providers, in conjunction with other team members
Work closely with the Chief Medical Officer and team to ensure work aligns with the Chief Medical Officer’s strategic plan and priorities for the Agency and division around bridging public health and health care

Qualifications and Requirements:

A master’s degree in public health, social work, medicine, or a related field
At least two years’ work experience post-master’s degree in research, evaluation, project management, or a related area
Experience working with health care systems and/or clinical providers
Experience with project management
Experience communicating complex technical and data information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
Experience with data collection, analysis and interpretation
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


A background in a clinical field of study (medicine, nursing, etc.) encouraged but not required
Ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities, along with a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)
Have a demonstrated commitment to supporting communities who have experienced systemic oppression and bias (e.g. people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, justice involved persons, etc.)
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.
Preference may be given to individuals residing in New York City (5 boroughs) or surrounding New York State counties.  Selected candidates should reside within the Tri-state area (NY, NJ & CT).
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 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.