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 Description:

The Office of School Health in the division of Family and Child Health is the largest bureau in DOHMH. School Health is a jointly run program with the NYC Department of Education.  School nurses, both DOHMH and DOE employees, provide skilled nursing services to public and private elementary and middle schools and charter schools.  Our school nurses provide medication, treatment, first aid, and case management of student illnesses to NYC children and has implemented numerous initiatives in our schools.

The Nursing Unit has approximately 1,800 school nurses, 225 public health advisors and assistants, and over 100 supervisors.  This Central Office Public Health Advisor position is a critical component to the Nursing Team. This position supports the entire school health team and increase the capacity to support the administrative and clerical functions of the central office team, providing direct support to the director, deputy, and assistant directors of nursing.  This role is instrumental in supporting and enhancing nursing services to, 2,000 regional staff, 45 central office staff, and our most vulnerable population: 1.3 million NYC students.

It has become increasingly overwhelming during this pandemic with the number of COVID-19 cases, variation in staff assignments supporting ICS roles, staffing changes as schools open for in-person learning, and school closings and openings related to a COVID-19 case in schools.  Medical Room Health Assistants support nurses in schools and provide first aid to students.  Medical Room Health Assistant are also trained to administer emergency epinephrine and glucagon for students with anaphylaxis and severe hypoglycemia.  This role has been heightened as part of the COVID-19 response where constant and timely communications to the school community, parents, and principals is paramount.

Job Description:

DOHMH has an opening for 30 Medical Room Health Assistants.  Medical Room Health Assistants are assigned to schools to support school nurses, to provide first aid services in the absence of a nurse, or to support agency nurses when a staff nurse isn’t available.  In addition, if assigned to a school with a nurse, the assistant may provide first aid to students when the school nurse is dealing with an emergency.  Medical Room Health Assistants function in a supportive role to school nurses, enabling them to implement school health initiatives such as: COVID-19 Preparedness activities, CATCH Reproductive Health Program, HOP Program (Health Options and Physical Activity in schools), OAS (Open Airways in Schools Asthma Program), and STARS Program (Screening the At- Risk Student).  The medical room health assistant also works when school is not in session to enter physical exams (CH205’s) in ASHR.   In addition, our advisors and assistants support OSH trainings to monitor staff attendance.  Advisors and assistants also work in non-public and charter schools when public schools are closed.

Specifically, the Medical Room Health Assistant will:

  • Perform health-related duties.
  • Coordinate and support nursing staff in schools.
  • Collect, transmit, and transcribe health and medical information in schools.
  • Create and update school health records.
  • Establish and maintaining working relationship with school personnel.
  • Ensure nurses and other health-related personnel in NYC schools have the equipment, medication, and administrative support needed to adequately care for students.
  • Assist self-directed students with their own medication.
  • Document observations and first aid provided in logbook and 103S/ASHR.
  • Perform simple first aid.
  • Participate in planning, organizing, and conducting activities that promote the health of NYC school children.
  • Participate in agency wide activities for Emergency Preparedness and COVID 19 Response.

Qualifications:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, including or supplemented by twelve semester credits in health education or in health, social or biological sciences; or
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and six months of full-time satisfactory experience in a health promotion or disease intervention/prevention program, performing one or more of the following: interviewing, conducting field investigations, assessing health risks, making referrals, or collecting and analyzing epidemiological data; or
  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education, or a recognized accrediting organization and four years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “2” above; or
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to “1,” “2” or “3” above. Undergraduate college credit can be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 semester credits from an accredited college for one year of full-time experience. However, all candidates must have a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and either twelve semester credits as described in “1” above or six months of experience as described in “2” above
  • Capacity and willingness to learn Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint.
  • The ideal candidate for this position must be a pro-active and self-motivated individual with the ability to work in teams and in a highly dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders and timelines.
  • Salary: $51,000.00

Additional Desired Qualities:

  • Willingness to travel if needed at an alternative site.
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and interpersonal skills.
  • 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.
  • Ability to prioritize and work in fast-paced environment with hard deadlines.

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.