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The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC): Active Design Consultant

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2022

The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. Itfacilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.


This position will be housed within the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention (BCDP), which is in the DOHMHs Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness. The BCDP strives to reduce the burden of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity, and cancer, among New Yorkers. We work to address the impact of structural racism and other injustices that are a root cause of the inequitable prevalence, treatment and outcomes of chronic diseases in communities of color and among other marginalized communities. BCDP focuses on nutrition, tobacco use, the built environment, screening for cancer, and reducing the incidence and impact of hypertension. BCDP works with partners in government and the community to employ evidence-based policies, programs, communications and research aimed at shifting environments, changing systems and promoting health equity.

Specifically, this position will be housed within the Active Design Unit in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. The program amplifies the role of architecture and urban planning in combating chronic disease by integrating equitable health-centered strategies to the design of buildings, schools, housing, neighborhoods, and the public realm.


This is a temporary position (up to 26 weeks) that is funded through June 30, 2022. The Active Design Consultant will work up to 35 hours per week; the exact days and hours are flexible within the Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm range. The Consultant will report to the Active Design Program Manager and will support program initiatives such as the Active Design in Schools program and Healthy Placemaking initiatives as needed. The Consultant will also assist in the development of an evidence-based publication to promote physical activity, mental health, and social well-being through the design of the built environment. At the direction of the Assistant Director and Program Manager, the Consultant will coordinate with agency partners, community-based organizations, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate programmatic activities.


    • Conducting literature reviews, synthesizing evidence, assisting in translating evidence into practice, identifying best practices and case studies related to Active Design and the built environment and health.
    • Engaging with key stakeholders, including community-based organizations and agency partners.
    • Assisting in creating and implementing evaluation tools, including surveys and focus group questions.
    • Assisting in data organization, analysis and presentation.
    • Assisting with organization of and attending community events and other duties as needed.
    • Performing administrative program duties as needed.



    • Graduate student in the fields of public health, urban planning, urban studies, or policy.
    • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, project management, and follow through
    • Superior relationship building skills, writing and communication skills, and ability to creatively problem solve.
    • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite a plus.


The position will be paid on an hourly basis consistent with experience. This position will be hired through a staffing agency and will be eligible for benefits. Candidates must meet DOHMH eligibility requirements, including NYC residency. All new hires must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and supply proof of vaccination.


To apply, send Resume, with Cover Letter, including how your experience relates to this position. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply.



Hourly based on experience

Work Location:

New York city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Number of Positions:


Submitters Name:

Teddy Swenson

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