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Full List of Selected Recipients for “Healthy Neighborhoods Fund”

The neighborhoods in which people live affect health in multiple and complex ways. Studies have shown that a neighborhood’s socioeconomic condition will affect whether residents have healthy diets and exercise regularly. Good health outcomes are more prevalent in neighborhoods where people have easy access to nutritious, affordable food; safe and walkable streets; and active playgrounds and public spaces. Living in neighborhoods without these essentials, residents are more likely to be burdened with high rates of obesity, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses. To help tackle some of the underlying problems that have affected the health of communities, NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places.

Through the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, NYSHealth is investing $2 million over two years to support six communities across the State in their efforts to increase access to healthy, affordable food; improve access to safe places where residents can exercise and be active; and connect children and adults to programs that support healthy behaviors. New York Community Trust has joined NYSHealth in a complementary initiative, South Bronx Healthy and Livable Neighborhoods, to invest in three neighborhoods in the South Bronx.

Healthy Neighborhoods Communities

  Clinton County Brownsville,
Niagara Falls
North End
  East Harlem Near Westside,
Two Bridges,
Lower East Side

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Clinton County Health Department

Community: Clinton County
Grant Amount: $250,000
Clinton County Health Department will work in the city of Plattsburgh and the 14 towns and associated villages located within the county to implement Complete Streets policies; certify local food retailers as healthy food vendors; redesign and promote 3 parks, playgrounds, or other open spaces to support the increase of physical activity for adults and children; advance the development of a walking trail through both the city and town of Plattsburgh; optimize bus routes to connect residents to supermarkets and healthy food options; and work with schools and food pantries to improve the quality and nutritional value of food served at these locations.
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Community Solutions

Community: Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City
Grant Amount: $350,000
Community Solutions will work in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn to increase access to fresh produce in local bodegas; add 18 miles of new bike lanes; and repurpose 5 vacant or underused spaces for afterschool programming and public arts projects. The funding will also hasten efforts to establish a new community center where residents can be connected to services for a range of issues, from job-seeking assistance to finding diabetes prevention classes.
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Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative

Community: Niagara Falls North End
Grant Amount: $250,000
Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (the Collaborative) will focus on improving access to healthy food in the Highland Avenue and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Niagara Falls by expanding pop-up farmers’ markets and farm shares of fresh produce for residents. Resident leaders will receive nutrition, food access, and advocacy skills training so they can respond to community issues, act as peer educators, and prioritize the needs of the community in the implementation of food access and built environment projects.
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Fund for Public Health in New York

Community: East Harlem, New York City
Grant Amount: $600,000
Fund for Public Health in New York will partner with the New York Academy of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the New York City Department of City Planning to work in East Harlem. Through a process that will engage all community stakeholders including residents, leaders, and City agencies the partners will work to increase access to healthy foods and decrease the availability and promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages; and to improve the safety of and access to open spaces.
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Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Community: Near Westside, Syracuse
Grant Amount: $250,000
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion (Lerner Center) will work in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, collaborating with a local supermarket to increase residents’ knowledge of, access to, and purchase of healthier foods. Lerner Center will work with the supermarket on the implementation of a food-rating system, a new loyalty card program, and the transfer of grocery-shopping data to electronic medical records. Projects to improve the built environment include the renovation of an underused field house and soccer court. 
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Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

Community: Two Bridges, Lower East Side, New York City
Grant Amount: $300,000
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council will work on the Lower East Side in New York City to expand GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box program, which provides subsidized, fresh, locally grown produce to residents; partner with a local health care facility to launch the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which subsidizes the purchase of fruits and vegetables for people in low-income neighborhoods; and implement design recommendations for the South Street corridor that will increase access for residents to the walking trail along the East River and other public spaces.
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