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 Overview

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.

The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP), which sits within CHECW, strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, among New Yorkers. We work to address the impact of structural racism and other injustices that are a root cause of the inequitable prevalence, treatment and outcomes of chronic diseases in communities of color and among other marginalized communities. BCDP focuses on nutrition, tobacco use, the built environment, screening for cancer, and reducing the incidence and impact of hypertension.  BCDP works with partners in government and the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research aimed at shifting environments, changing systems and promoting health equity.

The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention has an opening for a Policy Analyst.  Potential health impacts of racial-justice interventions are rarely explored yet a greater understanding of these interventions is needed to help address existing and ongoing health inequities within the context of COVID.  Reporting to the Director of Strategic Nutrition Initiatives, this position will focus on researching and addressing the root causes of inequitable COVID-19 impact in pursuit of policy solutions that support a more equitable COVID-19 recovery and to prevent repeating inequitable impact in the future.

Duties:

This position will identify, research, and analyze chronic disease prevention strategies and inequities, particularly those that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct literature reviews, critically review and analyze peer-reviewed literature in relation to COVID-19 and anti-racist policy proposals to address the racialized wealth gap.
  • Conduct scientific, legal, and regulatory research to inform equitable and anti-racist policy approaches, development, and recommendations.
  • Develop presentations, memos and briefing materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Draft agency responses to federal and state issued calls for comment.
  • Collaborate with research and evaluation team and perform other research duties as needed in support of the chronic disease prevention agenda.
  • Collaborate with and provide assistance to the other units in bureau, division, and Department on various projects related to economic supports and stability, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in public health (or related field) or an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science.
  • Previous experience working in fields related to chronic disease prevention, with at least 3 years
  • The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated, organized individual with the ability to work both independently and in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Experience researching or implementing equitable, policy-based public health approaches related to economic supports; excellent detail orientation; professional and collaborative demeanor when liaising with other program staff; and familiarity with peer-reviewed literature related to chronic disease prevention, and strategies, including economic strategies, to close racial disparities in health.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of social and economic determinants of health and the underlying causes of health inequities, including systemic racism and other systems of oppression.
  • Ability to handle multiple high-priority projects and assignments simultaneously, to shift fluidly among them, and to work independently, when necessary, towards creative problem solving.
  • 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.