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  • Global Strategy Group, LLC Universal Free School Lunch (Phase 2) Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $179,000

    By making meals free for all students and delinking school food from family income, universal free school lunch can help ensure that children are receiving adequate nutritious food, which in turn improves children’s health and education outcomes. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded Community Food Advocates (CFA) a grant to work toward the systemwide implementation of universal school lunch throughout all New York City public schools. To help advance these goals, NYSHealth awarded Global Strategy Group (GSG) a grant in 2016 to provide support for CFA’s campaign. Although universal school lunch was not included in the preliminary New York City budget for fiscal year 2018, the increased media and public attention to this issue has led the City administration to begin discussing the prospects of expanding the program. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded GSG a follow-up grant to continue to help CFA advance its work.

  • Oswego County Opportunities Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,881

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s building healthy communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Jefferson County Public Health Service Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,827

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s building healthy communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Jefferson County Public Health Services (JCPHS) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Community Solutions International, Inc. Brownsville Community Engagement Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $50,000

    Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYSHealth is supporting six communities across the State in their efforts to increase residents’ access to nutritious food, opportunities for physical activity, and other initiatives that encourage healthy living. Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees and their partners have sought ways to increase community engagement so they can equip residents with the tools they need to advocate for healthy, affordable food and safer parks and public spaces in which to be physically active. Community engagement not only helps shape a neighborhood’s future, but also ensures that improvements are sustainable. To advance community engagement efforts, NYSHealth is allocating up to $50,000 to each Healthy Neighborhoods Fund site toward additional training, capacity building, and other activities that lead to deep engagement with neighborhood residents. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Community Solutions a grant as part of this effort.

  • NYC Bike Share LLC Engaging Two Healthy Neighborhood Communities in Bike Sharing as a Pathway to Better Health Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $199,336

    Bicycling is a simple way for people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives and help fight obesity and its related health conditions. Citi Bike’s bike-sharing program has the largest membership and highest ridership of any such program in North America. In New York City, a discounted membership is offered to some low-income residents, but its adoption has been slow. Research shows a lack of information and misperceptions about bike share are bigger barriers than price or payment options. In response, Citi Bike has made concerted efforts to promote the discount program, which have helped increase membership among low-income residents. Still, more work needs to be done beyond traditional marketing efforts to ensure that lower-income New Yorkers are aware of the discount program and understand how Citi Bike can be an asset to their health and to their neighborhoods. Building on a 2016 planning grant, NYSHealth awarded NYC Bike Share (NYCBS) a grant in 2017 to promote and grow Citi Bike’s discount program among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents in East Harlem and Two Bridges, two of NYSHealth’s Healthy Neighborhoods Fund sites.

  • Active Citizen Project, Inc. Expanding Healthy Food Access Points in Brownsville Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $122,714

    Although Brownsville, a Healthy Neighborhoods Fund site, faces daunting health statistics and negative portrayals, there are many committed residents who work tirelessly to improve their neighborhood’s health and wellbeing. Active Citizen Project (ACP) creates opportunities for people to live healthy lives and thrive in their communities, one of which is its flagship program, Project EATS. The program collaborates with residents, schools, community-based organizations, and businesses to transform underused spaces (low-utility public and private land) in working-class and low-income neighborhoods into sustainable, productive urban farms. It also oversees the GrowNYC Youthmarket (a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood youth and supplied by local farmers) and provides nutrition education and skills-training programs to residents of the neighborhoods in which it operates. To support Project EATS’ sustainability in Brownsville, NYSHealth awarded ACP a grant in 2017.

  • Field & Fork Network, Inc. Leveraging Federal Funds to Increase Access to Fresh, Affordable Foods Across New York State Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $500,000

    Double Up Food Bucks is a food-purchasing program that offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients a matching value on dollars spent at farmers markets on fresh, locally grown produce. For instance, a family that spends $10 in SNAP benefits at a participating farmers market receives an additional $10 in Double Up Food Bucks to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. With a successful track record nationwide, the incentive program is a proven, innovative model that simultaneously delivers health and economic opportunity. Currently, Double Up Food Bucks operates in 11 counties across Western New York. Expanding the program in the State will not only increase access to affordable produce for low-income individuals and families, but also redirect more food assistance dollars to local farmers and the local economy. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Field & Fork Network (Field & Fork) a grant to expand and improve Double Up Food Bucks participation in New York State.

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (d.b.a. Niagara University) Niagara Falls Local Food Action Plan Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $15,000

    To tackle some of the underlying problems that have affected the health of neighborhoods, NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places. Through this initiative, NYSHealth is investing in six communities across the State in support of 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. Although all the communities are working toward the common goal of improving the health of their residents, each community may face particular challenges. In response, NYSHealth is supporting these communities with more specialized technical assistance to help them meet their objectives. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Niagara University to assist the Healthy Food, Healthy People workgroup, a member of the grantee Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, in developing a local food action plan.

  • Oswego County Health Department Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,000

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s building healthy communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded the Oswego County Health Department (OCHD) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • New York Immigration Coalition, Inc. Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $3,991

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s building healthy communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) a grant to participate in this initiative.

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