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On September 24, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s long-term recovery agenda, focused on public health, social justice, and setting the framework for a series of policy actions. A crucial part of the agenda is to make NYC a global hub for innovation in public health research, design, and practice through the creation of a new Pandemic Response Institute. The institute will strengthen the city’s health infrastructure, particularly as it relates to pandemic response.

As part of this effort, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) are pleased to release this request for information (RFI) from New York City’s public health experts, community-based organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, soliciting information from the city’s public health community on the following:

  • Increasing public health capacity and preparedness to identify and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics
  • Addressing the root causes of health inequities that existed prior to and were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic (housing, environment, childcare/family supports, social services, broadband, transportation, job opportunities, etc.), and which are critical to address to create more effective emergency health responses
  • Building the capacity of academia, health systems, city government, and communities to work together effectively to support mental, physical, and economic health, both during emergencies and beyond
  • Integrating public health efforts with local economic recovery efforts and the creation of new, stable, and good-paying jobs


Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFI will not be accepted, however, technical questions pertaining to downloading and submitting responses to this RFI may be directed to [email protected] on or before Tuesday, January 19, 2021.


Participants must submit digital copies of their proposals in PDF format via electronic upload by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

When uploading your response, please submit all documents in a single zip file labeled with your company name. Please note that Chrome Browser is the preferred method to upload your electronic response.

Please submit your response via electronic upload by clicking here and uploading your proposal.

While NYCEDC may send Notices, addenda or other information related to this RFP to respondents via e-mail alerts or otherwise in writing, such e-mail alerts and other written materials shall be considered courtesy copies only. In the event any conflict exists between any information set forth on the Website and any Notice, addendum or other information provided to a respondent by NYCEDC in writing via e-mail or otherwise, the information set forth on the Website will govern and be definitive. NYCEDC is not obligated to provide the respondent with any Notices, addendum or other information that appears on the Website in writing, and the fact that NYCEDC may have sent one or more e-mails, Notices, addenda or other written information to a respondent shall not be deemed to imply that NYCEDC has any duty or obligation to continue to do so.


Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBEs”) are strongly encouraged to respond. To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit

Download the RFI
  • NYC Public Health Initiatives
  • Response Template
  • Addendum #1