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We must act quickly and creatively to address epidemics – rapidly spreading health threats – to ensure all New Yorkers can thrive. Epidemics include communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, and dangerous conditions or behaviors, such as opioid use.

Controlling and Preventing Outbreaks in NYC

We’re in an extraordinary moment for public health. COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on New York City and the world. Now more than ever, we need to be prepared to respond quickly with flexible resources to address emerging needs.

It is exactly for moments like this that we established our Epidemics Fund to support the Health Department’s life-saving work to combat emerging and ongoing epidemics. With your support, we can respond swiftly to current crises like COVID-19 and invest in longer-term solutions to prevent the next emergency.

So far, we’ve raised over $500,000 for our Epidemics Fund and partnered with our colleagues at the Health Department to direct resources to programs addressing the current pandemic.

Examples of the work the Epidemics Fund is supporting include:

  • A buddy program to contact isolated older adults and people with disabilities to check in and make sure they have what they need, such as food, medications, etc.
  • The creation of a mechanism to electronically share medical information and forms between students’ healthcare providers and the health staff at schools. This new system is essential to ensuring the healthy and safe reopening of NYC schools this September.
  • Training and supporting experienced leaders in the human services and faith-based sectors to provide critical COVID-19 information sharing and pandemic planning.

As we shift from immediate COVID-19 response into longer-term suppression and recovery, we will continue to work closely with our partners at the Health Department to identify priorities and direct resources accordingly. We are also continuing our work to combat existing epidemics, including the opioid crisis.

As the nonprofit partner to the New York City Health Department, FPHNYC is uniquely positioned to ensure your donation goes to the area of greatest need.

Founded in 2002 to help address the urgent health needs of the city after 9/11, FPHNYC has nearly 20 years of experience managing and directing emergency funding. New York’s emergence as an epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of our public-private partnership model.

While emergency funds are being made available from all levels of government, public funding is sometimes slow to arrive and has restrictions on spending. Your support of the Epidemics Fund provides the flexible capital necessary to rapidly implement innovative solutions to our most pressing public health threats.


Check out our latest Impact Report highlighting the work you’ve helped make possible from March through May of 2020 as part of our COVID-19 response.

Download the Impact Report


We’re doing our best to keep you updated on the latest information that New Yorkers need to know to keep themselves and their communities safe. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Here’s what New Yorkers need to know.