Be a change agent and join the Bureau of Equitable Health Systems. The Bureau of Equitable Health Systems (BEHS), within the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is seeking a City Research Scientist II to serve as the Manager of Community Partnerships. During this period of change in the health care system, primary care remains a key anchor to advance population health, but the landscape is undergoing rapid change. BEHS partners with health care and social care institutions in New York City to ensure that all New Yorkers receive the care and resources they need to be healthy and maintain wellness across their lifespan. The bureau bridges the gap between health systems and communities and prioritizes providing affordable, quality and continuous health care for all New Yorkers.
The Health Care Access & Policy (HCAP) unit within BEHS drives policy, programming, and research that maximizes health insurance coverage and increases access to affordable, high quality, and coordinated primary care with a strong focus on health equity. HCAP has dedicated staff working to improve access to quality, culturally appropriate primary care for New Yorkers, particularly those who are at risk for poor health outcomes, by ensuring that on-the ground programmatic work, policy, and data activities inform one another. HCAP staff utilizes multiple data sources and policy expertise to analyze the health system in NYC and identify barriers to obtaining insurance coverage and accessing primary care services. This includes a focus on health care safety net components such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community-based organizations, health insurance (including public programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program), federal shortage designations (Health Professional Shortage Areas, Medically Underserved Areas, Medically Underserved Populations), and health care system utilization and efficiency. As part of its policy focused work, HCAP has been analyzing, monitoring, and advising on the implementation of the insurance expansion components of the Affordable Care Act and NY's state-based Marketplace from the perspective of low-income and vulnerable populations.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Monitor, assess, and synthesize local community programs, initiatives, community-facing communications, and other public resources related to community engagement and health insurance enrollment and coverage particularly those that impact low-income, marginalized, or diverse populations with various racial, ethnic, cultural, or socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Monitor, identify and collaborate on legislative, regulatory and policy opportunities related to primary care to improve health care access and utilization for populations relying on the safety net for health care services and develop New York City specific interventions to improve health care access.
- Assist in identifying gaps, opportunities, and strategies to improve existing landscape related to consumer health engagement within the NYC community, with a focus on maximizing health care access points, services, insurance, and information.
- Identify, analyze and utilize relevant data and research to support and guide program planning and policy development.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including community-based organizations, community health centers, and safety net hospitals to lead collaborations to increase health insurance enrollment and reduce barriers into Medicaid and other public health insurance programs.
- Manage and oversee contracts from New York City Council related to improving access to health insurance, including issues pertaining to Medicaid and/or access to public health insurance programs for low-income and immigrant populations.
- Compose project recommendations, project management documents, reports and presentations outlining current topics that promote access to care that fit within the Bureau’s mission.
- Support grant submissions, project proposals and other funding request documents and supportive materials.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
- Strong research, policy and analytical skills
- Excellent project management skills
- Experience in public health, population health, and/or health services, including experience working with multi-stakeholders and community engagement
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate complex information into clear and compelling presentations for an array of audiences
- Some knowledge of health related topics such as: primary and preventive care, health care systems, health care reform, public health insurance programs such as Medicaid, and/or access to health insurance and care for low-income and immigrant populations
- Successful experience working under strict deadlines and fulfilling.
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
- A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
- Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
- Current Resume
- Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)
Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.
If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.
The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
"FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 433452.
We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.
All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.