The Division of Family and Child Health (DFCH) 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, the Bureau of Early Intervention, the Office of School Health and DFCH Administration.
In response to the public health emergency created by the importation of the Zika Virus to New York City, DFCH, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is developing a central nervous system (CNS) defects surveillance system (CNSDSS). The goals of the CNSDSS are to promote rapid reporting of CNS defects to the New York State Department of Health (SDOH); identify unreported cases; collect and transmit to SDOH medical record data on identified cases; increase linkage of infants to health care and other services to improve long-term outcomes; and provide on-going education and training to medical professionals with regard to screening and case identification, case reporting, risk factor assessment, referral services and processes, and electronic health records (EHR) documentation standards.
Under the direction of the Director of Administration and Data Management for the Bureau of Early Intervention, but with broad latitude for independent judgment, the Project Director will oversee all grant project activities and operations, including, but not limited to:
-Serving as principal grant clinical expert, particularly for support to medical chart abstraction activities regarding CNS defects, and review of abstraction results.
-Establishing relationships with health care facilities and the pediatric and obstetric communities, and facilitating their coordination with SDOH regarding identification and reporting of infants with CNS defects.
-Supervising one Outreach Specialist in direct outreach and education work for the pediatric and obstetric communities, as well as with at-risk communities, including collaboration with programs addressing Zika within the Department. Updating outreach information as needed, based on review of most recent clinical literature.
-Establishing relationships with social service providers and identifying resources for affected infants and families.
-Remaining current with CDC and clinical guidance regarding relevant CNS conditions and Zika virus exposure, and applying this information as relevant to project activities.
-Coordinating with the DOHMH Zika Pregnancy Registry regarding triage and transfer of cases.
-Overseeing all administrative grant activities, including spending, staffing, budget and reporting, and ensuring that all grant requirements are met.
-Other duties as assigned.