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We must act quickly and creatively to address epidemics and major public health issues that threaten the health and well-being of New Yorkers. Epidemics can be widespread communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, or widespread conditions or behaviors, such as opioid use. The growth in the number of New Yorkers with chronic diseases such as diabetes and those struggling with mental health issues are also critical public health challenges.

Public funding is sometimes slow to arrive and has restrictions on spending. Your support of the Epidemics Fund provides the flexible resources necessary to rapidly respond to our most pressing public health threats.

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.

Examples of the work the Epidemics Fund has supported include:

  • Training and supporting experienced leaders in the human services and faith-based sectors to provide critical COVID-19 information sharing and pandemic planning.
  • Ensuring equitable distribution and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines through the Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement Project.

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 utilizing a public-private partnership model. With your support, we can respond swiftly to current challenges such as the opioid epidemic and severe mental illness, as well as invest in longer-term solutions to prevent future epidemics. Please make a gift to the work of the Epidemics Fund today. Thank you.


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Read our 2021 Impact Report highlighting the work you’ve helped make possible responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis, and other public health priorities.

View the 2021 Impact Report