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 75 NYC ZIP codes and includes about 35 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.
The Public Health Corps was launched in September 2021 and has since:
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 January 5, 2023, in NYC, 89% of adults and 45% of eligible children have completed their primary series, and 12% of NYC residents have received a bivalent booster. 24% of NYC residents ages 65 and older have received a bivalent booster.
As of January 5, 2023:
For the most recent data on COVID-19 vaccines in NYC, visit COVID-19: Data on Vaccines.
Goals and Initiatives
The Corps aims to:
If you have questions or would like to join the Public Health Corps, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Members