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.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Division of Environmental Health works to prevent and control illness and injury related to environmental and occupational health risks through outreach, education, surveillance and enforcement. With staff of 1,000, the Division covers a broad range of subject matter, including oversight of environmental investigations, lead poisoning injury prevention, occupational health, food safety, childcare, radiation control, recreational and drinking water quality, air quality, climate health, vector control, veterinary public health and pest control.
The Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy (BESP) works to inform and improve its mission to ground Health Department programs and policy in science and law to support a healthy and equitable natural, built, and occupational environment for all New Yorkers. We promote environmental health through legal and data-driven program support, using innovative methods to track environmental determinants of health with a focus on New Yorkers disproportionately impacted by environmental risk. We share data and research findings to encourage evidence-based decision-making, and partner with communities in community science and outreach to address stakeholder concerns and empower residents. BESP’s pioneering Climate Health Program (CHP) – one of the first local health department programs in the country – has the mission to understand and respond to the health impacts of climate change. The innovative, interdisciplinary team consists of experts in climate science, communication, community engagement, epidemiology, environmental systems, ecology, policy and programming, who work together to measure the hyperlocal impacts of climate threats and co-occurring hazards, develop and inform strategies and interventions to reduce those impacts, and increase awareness of the intersection of climate change and health.
Summary of Position:
DOHMH has an opening for a Community Resiliency Coordinator. The Community Resiliency Coordinator will promote social cohesion and community resiliency among residents of priority neighborhoods to reduce or prevent illnesses and deaths related to public health emergencies, including COVID-19 and heat waves and other extreme weather emergencies. Reporting to the Climate Health Program Director, the coordinator will work with organizations to develop trusting relationships among and with local residents, connecting them to resources related but not limited to food and healthcare access (including vaccination resources), mental health services, housing needs, and telecommunications assistance.
Specifically, the Community Resiliency Coordinator will:
- Foster and enhance capabilities of community- and faith-based organizations to plan for and respond to existing and future public health emergencies, such as COVID-19 and weather-related climate threats.
- Lead and coordinate community engagement opportunities and help develop neighborhood health resiliency activities.
- Coordinate the growth and implementation of community buddy systems that can be used for heat waves and other extreme weather, recovery from and possible resurgence of COVID-19, and other emergencies.
- Identify training and outreach opportunities with local organizations, including but not limited to community and faith-based organizations, medical clinics, senior centers, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), to increase awareness of health impacts of climate and other public health emergencies.
- Implement with community partners strategies to identify New Yorkers who are older, have chronic medical conditions or are socially isolated and provide access to services related to COVID-19, including testing, vaccination, and recovery assistance, as part of response and recovery from public health emergencies.
- Organize with community partners virtual and in-person events to connect local residents with each other to build social capital and address isolation related to COVID-19.
- Provide community partners with information on services and programs to address food insecurity, mental health struggles, housing insecurity, and job loss, increasing not only horizontal connections within communities but also vertical connections between communities and governmental resources.
- Travel at least weekly to the South Bronx, Central Brooklyn, and Northern Manhattan, and frequently travel to other parts of NYC to implement the above responsibilities.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Previous experience working in fields related to community engagement for two years with preferred experience in community health, climate sustainability, public administration, urban planning, or emergency management.
- Demonstrated experience working in urban communities with skills in creating linkages, building coalitions, and developing strategic partnerships.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to adapt to changing situations.
- Flexible work schedule is required including evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Ability to be pro-active, self-motivated, work in teams with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Capacity and willingness to learn Salesforce.
- This individual will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies.
- 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.
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.