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  • Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Inc. Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Phase 2 Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $300,000

    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. In 2015, NYSHealth launched its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, an initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places. This 2-year, $2 million investment has leveraged an additional $181 million in funding for these six communities, helping nearly half a million New Yorkers have greater access to healthy, affordable food and safe ways in which to be physically active. NYSHealth is continuing its commitment to the initiative by investing an additional $2.5 million over the next three years in these six communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative a grant to continue its participation in the initiative.

  • Public Health Solutions Bringing Fresh Food-Purchasing Incentives to Brownsville Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $ 200,000

    Research suggests that New Yorkers of all income levels spend approximately the same percentage of their grocery budget on produce. As low-income New Yorkers have less spendable income, they purchase less than $450 worth of fresh produce each year, compared with wealthier New Yorkers who spend more than twice that amount. Low-income New Yorkers also report eating only two servings of fruits and vegetables daily, less than what is recommended for a healthy diet. To combat these problems in low-income neighborhoods, New York City has introduced nutrition incentive programs, such as Health Bucks, to make healthy foods more affordable for low-income consumers and encourage healthy food-buying decisions. However, relatively few low-income New Yorkers qualify for these programs. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Public Health Solutions to pilot a year-round and more accessible incentive program to support long-term healthy shopping patterns among low-income New Yorkers.

  • Missio Church Supporting Year-Round Physical Activity Programming Expansion for Youth in the Near Westside Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $151,448

    The Near Westside—an NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Fund community—is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse; nearly 70% of children live in poverty. Residents have expressed a need for more organized sports and mentorship opportunities for local youth. However, many sports and after-school activities offered are fee-based and unaffordable for parents. To encourage Near Westside youth to be more physically active and engaged in their community, NYSHealth has supported efforts by grantees and other community partners to launch the Summer Fun at Skiddy Park program in the neighborhood’s only park. The summer program has offered a full roster of organized opportunities for physical activity, including a soccer clinic, a summer softball league, and a teen baseball clinic. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Missio Church a grant to provide expanded physical activity programming year-round for youth in the Near Westside.

  • Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Expanding the Saranac River Trail Greenway to Facilitate Resident Physical Activity Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $175,000

    The County Health Rankings place Clinton County in the bottom quarter of counties in New York State on the measure of access to physical activity. One-quarter of residents report being physically inactive, which contributes to the high rates of obesity among children and adults in the county. Recent population-based health improvement initiatives have focused on increasing residents’ physical activity levels. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) a grant to develop a portion of the Saranac River trail, the Lapierre Lane Riverway, to increase physical activity and outdoor recreation opportunities for community members.

  • Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative Community Currency Training Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $10,300

    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 Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (the Collaborative) a grant as part of this effort.

  • Center for Court Innovation (fiscal sponsor: Fund for the City of New York) Near Westside Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Phase 2 Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $375,000

    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. In 2015, NYSHealth launched its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, an initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places. NYSHealth invested $2 million in the initiative during its first two years, and has since leveraged an additional $181 million in funding for these six communities, helping nearly half a million New Yorkers have greater access to healthy, affordable food and safe ways in which to be physically active. NYSHealth is continuing its commitment to the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund by investing an additional $2.5 million over the next three years in these six communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Center for Court Innovation (the Center), through fiscal sponsor Fund for the City of New York, to participate in the initiative.

  • Clinton County Health Department Clinton County Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Phase 2 Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $300,000

    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. In 2015, NYSHealth launched its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, an initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places. NYSHealth invested $2 million in the initiative during its first two years, and has since leveraged an additional $181 million in funding for these six communities—helping nearly half a million New Yorkers have greater access to healthy, affordable food and safe ways in which to be physically active. NYSHealth is continuing its commitment to the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund by investing an additional $2.5 million over the next three years in these six communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) a grant to continue its participation in the initiative.

  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance Improving Health and Wellness in East Harlem and the South Bronx Through Programming at Randall’s Island Park Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $174,603

    Randall’s Island lies directly between East Harlem and the South Bronx—two communities that are well above the citywide mean for instances of obesity, diabetes, and asthma. Both communities also fall below the citywide mean for regular physical activity, as well as below the New Yorkers for Parks’ recommendation that residents of these communities take advantage of Randall’s Island Park, citing its sports fields, pathways, and free community programming as amenities. Although community members have a strong interest in the park, there are still perceived barriers that keep them from accessing it. In response to community feedback, Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) created its first public programs department and has seen an increase in the park’s usage. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded RIPA a grant to expand its free community programming, with an emphasis on increasing physical activity and nutrition education opportunities to engage residents of East Harlem and the South Bronx.

  • 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 receive adequately 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.

  • 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.

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