NYC Public Health Corps

The Public Health Corps is a city-wide effort to expand the public health workforce by partnering with community groups and community health workers to eliminate COVID-19 inequities through outreach and education. It is active in over 74 NYC ZIP codes and includes about 80 community groups.

The NYC Health Department has partnered with well-established community-based and faith-based organizations. These organizations are able to tailor their COVID-19 outreach and education based on the needs of the local community.

Community members receive culturally relevant materials and access to in-person activities and virtual events that address COVID-19 misinformation. Members are also able to get referrals for COVID-19 prevention, testing and vaccination services.

Accomplishments

The Public Health Corps was launched in September 2021 and has since:

  • Connected more than 421,000 people to vaccination sites
  • Distributed about 700,000 KN95 masks and at least 51,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits

Each week, our partners hold events that engage tens of thousands of community members across the city. This outreach provides residents with vaccination, testing and social service referrals, as well as masks and educational material.

As of August 3, 2022, 77% of all residents are fully vaccinated in Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity (TRIE) ZIP codes, compared to 82% of residents fully vaccinated in non-TRIE ZIP codes.

In TRIE ZIP codes:

  • 59% of Black residents are fully vaccinated
  • 66% of White residents are fully vaccinated
  • 70% of Latino residents are fully vaccinated
  • 94% of Asian residents are fully vaccinated
  • 80% of 13- to 17-year-olds are fully vaccinated (compared to 83% of 13- to 17-year-olds in non-TRIE ZIP codes)
  • 45% of 5- to 12-year-olds are fully vaccinated (compared to 53% of 5- to 12-year-olds in non-TRIE ZIP codes)

Goals and Initiatives

The Corps aims to:

  • Reduce gaps in COVID-19 testing and vaccination rates by race/ethnicity, place of residence and age.
  • Expand access to care, services, resources and investment in communities most impacted by COVID-19.
  • Improve long-term community recovery from COVID-19 and health equity.
  • Build vaccine confidence.

If you have questions or would like to join the Public Health Corps, email publichealthcorps@health.nyc.gov.

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