The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is a world-renowned agency with a long tradition of protecting and promoting health in the nation's most culturally and linguistically diverse city. Since its creation as the Board of Health in 1805, the DOHMH has been recognized for its innovative and groundbreaking work to protect and promote the health of over 8 million residents. The Division of Disease Control (DDC) has the mission of improving the health of all New Yorkers by the monitoring, prevention, and dissemination of cutting edge treatments of communicable diseases facing all New York City residents.
DDC is comprised of several Bureaus that focus on disease specific work (HIV, TB, STD, etc). Often, a key component to the mission of the Division’s work is a high level of connectivity with communities at specific risk of infectious diseases. One such community is the Orthodox Jewish/Hasidic community.
To address issues in this community such as outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease and preventable cases of neonatal Herpes simplex, DDC is seeking a Public Health Advisor with connectivity to this community and with linguistic skills in Yiddish and other languages used by this population to participate in disease investigations, community outreach, and outreach to medical and other service providers.
Duties with include but will not be limited to: • Conduct disease investigations collaboratively with Bureaus that are the content experts for the disease being investigated or the field response.
• Work as a community liaison with this priority population to promote health messaging and public health interventions/initiatives.
• Participate in outreach to medical facilities and other providers of service, including religious institutions and professional societies, as needed.
• Provide perspectives on the cultural responsiveness of DDC/DOHMH educational and promotional materials.
• Participate in distribution of such materials to community members and providers of service.
• Collaborate with other DDC community focused staff and the Center for Health Equity on projects that address this and other communities experiencing equity-related barriers to care and prevention, including the Race to Justice, Faith-based and LGBTQ initiatives.
• Collaborate with other Divisions in the Agency as needed to address issues in this priority population.
Minimum Qual Requirements:
. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, including or supplemented by twelve semester credits in health education, or in health, social or biological sciences; or 2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, 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 3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, and four years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in "2" above.
• Linguistic aptitude in languages spoken in Orthodox Jewish/Hasidic communities in NYC, specifically Yiddish
• Experience conducting community outreach
• The ability to integrate scientific data and guidance rapidly into community- responsive and understandable communications
• Comfort speaking to medical and other service providers
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID # 291420.