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.

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.

Position Summary

The Senior Medical Advisor will report to the 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 Senior Medical Advisor will develop, implement, and maintain strategies, processes, and structures in support of a sustainable CMO plan and emerging CMO priorities in response to COVID-19. The Senior Medical Advisor work in partnership with team members to further develop, implement, and refine provider engagement strategies, specifically with BIPOC providers and healers, including building on the COVID-19 Provider Engagement Taskforce.

Further, the Senior Medical Advisor will supervise a Research Assistant supporting evaluation and research efforts connected to the CMO strategic plan and COVID-19. The Senior Medical Advisor 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. The Senior Medical Adviser will report into the CMO and team.

Duties

  • Develop, implement, and maintain strategies, processes, and structures in support of a sustainable CMO plan and emerging CMO priorities in response to COVID-19
  • Develop, implement, and refine provider engagement strategies, specifically with BIPOC providers and healers, building on work from the COVID-19 Provider Engagement Taskforce
  • Partner with team members to develop, implement, and improve upon evaluation and research projects specific to the CMO strategic plan and bridging public health and health care priories
  • Develop policy proposals to address health inequities related to the Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms and other areas as needed
  • Serve as clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer
  • Plan and participate in CMO convenings and events, including the Coalition to End Racism in Clinical Algorithms and the Quarterly CMO convening
  • Participate in COVID-19 response efforts, as needed, with a focus on clinical and/or health care provider guidance and communications including as a member of the PACE-CHECW emergency response group
  • Stay up-to-date on clinical guidance and literature
  • Draft external-facing communications, including emails, reports, presentations and social media messaging
  • Provide direct supervision and support to at least one member of the CMO’s team, and support additional members through indirect supervision in pursuit of team cohesion
  • Work closely with the CMO and team to ensure work aligns with the CMO’s strategic plan and priorities for the Agency and division around bridging public health and health care

Qualifications:

  • A valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York
  • At least five years work experience in research, evaluation, project management, strategic planning, 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 developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic plans
  • 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

ADDITIONAL DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Experience managing and support teams and stakeholders
  • Experience working in public health and health care
  • A master’s degree in public health, social work, medicine, or a related field a plus but not required
  • Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • 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.
  • 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.