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The Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is charged with the creation and oversight of programs, policies, services, and environments that support physical and socio-emotional health, and promote primary and reproductive health services, health equity, social justice, safety and well-being for New York City families and children. The Division is comprised of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health (BMIRH), the Bureau of Early Intervention, the Office of School Health, and the Bureau of Administration. The vision of the DFCH is that every child, woman, and family recognizes their power and is given the opportunity to reach their full health and development potential.
The Maternal and Child Health Medical Specialist will join the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, a vibrant bureau with a strong track record of successful program, policy and research interventions, including implementation of the largest urban Nurse-Family Partnership program, a national home visiting program for low-income first time mothers; community engagement to raise awareness of and increase access to reproductive health education and services, and to implement a birth justice campaign for safe and respectful maternity care; training and technical assistance to NYC hospitals to establish Baby Friendly Hospitals that support breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity, and to implement a Quality Improvement Network for Contraceptive Access; and ongoing surveillance and reporting on maternal, infant and reproductive health outcomes.
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Medical Specialist will report to the Bureau’s Medical Director, within the Bureau’s Office of the Medical Director (OMD). The OMD is responsible for providing clinical leadership, expertise and guidance to the overall work of the Bureau. The Maternal and Child Health Medical Specialist will provide medical expertise, leadership and support to initiatives to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality (IM) and maternal mortality (MM) and severe maternal morbidity (SMM), including the Maternal Care Connection which is dedicated to improving SMM by providing women of reproductive age (WRA) evidence-based chronic disease prevention, engaging CBOs and residents to advocate for safe and respectful maternity care at the neighborhood level as well as provider education which will result in improved outcomes for both mothers and babies. The MCH Medical Specialist will also participate in activities across the other Bureau units, which include Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Research and Evaluation.
Under the direction of the Medical Director (MD), the Medical Specialist will:
• Provide clinical expertise on issues related to infant mortality, breastfeeding and safe sleep promotion, maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity as seen through an equity lens
• Support best clinical practices for respectful maternity care, in collaboration with hospitals and the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group
• Work with other DOHMH bureaus, hospitals, medical and community providers, consultants and others to implement child health projects
• Prepare reports responses and presentations on the causes of infant death and morbidity, including data, clinical findings, preventability, and recommendations for program and policy changes to reduce such events
• Present scientific information to various community and provider audiences, including at the local, state and national level
• Collaborate with the Bureau’s Research and Evaluation (R & E) staff to support the creation or revision of surveys and other research tools, literature reviews and program evaluation
• Provide education, training, consultation, and/or input for other DOHMH bureaus, as well as external clinical providers, professional organizations and others on infant and child health
• Participate in the development and/or the review of medical and technical materials and curricula developed by the Bureau for consumers and providers
• Ensure that sleep-related infant death surveillance data are collected and reviewed quarterly, and that annual reports are generated for program, community and provider audiences
• Participate in the preparation of letters, testimony, press inquiries and policy statements
• Assist in the preparation of grant proposals to government and private funders, and grant management.
• Serve as a member and/or alternate for the Medical Director on local, state and national groups.
Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and either: a) Valid Board Certification issued by the appropriate American Specialty Board in any specialty area required by the agency; or b) Current approved application on file for admission to the certifying examination given by the appropriate American Specialty Board in any specialty area required by the agency. To be assigned to Assignment Level II, individuals must have, in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements for Assignment Level I described above, one year of satisfactory experience practicing in the specialty area.
• Five or more years of experience in a clinical setting, preferably in the pediatrics or family medicine
• Knowledge of infant and child health issues, including exposure to the concepts of social determinants, equity, sexual and reproductive justice
• Experience working on and implementing Quality Improvement initiatives in a hospital setting
• Excellent analytical, writing, and verbal skills are highly desired
• The candidate must be able to organize and keep track of several projects simultaneously and have strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point; internet and library database searches; and bibliographic databases, e.g. Endnote)
• Previous experience in administration, budget, procurement and program management or coordination in a community and/or hospital-based setting
“FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES:
Please note: 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:
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID # 408152.
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.
New York City Residency is not required for this position
Internal Number: 408152
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