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  • Developing a Communications Plan to Improve Community Health By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: June 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Inc.

    To 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 supporting 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. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative a grant to participate in this initiative. As part of a technical assistance grant to support the Collaborative in its efforts, NYSHealth awarded it a grant in 2016 to work with a communications firm to define its communications priorities and develop a strategic communications plan.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Active Design on Affordable Housing By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: June 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Center for Active Design, Inc.

    Active Design is an evidence-based approach that offers practical urban planning and architecture design solutions to support healthy communities. Active Design elements—such as stairs, supportive walking and biking infrastructure, and on-site exercise facilities—can help transform the built environment and improve the physical and mental health outcomes for residents, especially those living in affordable housing. To help integrate cost-effective Active Design strategies into affordable housing, the Active Design Verified initiative was created to train developers on incorporating design elements and amenities that will promote health. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded the Center for Active Design, Inc., (CfAD) a grant to evaluate the impact of Active Design strategies on levels of physical activity among residents moving into a newly constructed affordable housing building with Active Design elements in Brownsville, Brooklyn (an NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Fund site). Specifically, the CfAD sought to record health measures and physical activity levels before residents moved into the new building to establish a point of comparison for its larger evaluation effort.

  • Strategic Assessment of New York State’s Regional Population Health Investments By: Lake Fleet Consulting Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: May 2017 Type: Resources, Conference Materials, Report

    This NYSHealth-funded report, prepared by Lake Fleet Consulting, analyzes the New York State Department of Health’s current funding for total population health. It also makes recommendations for how the State and its residents can gain more value for funds spent on achieving the Prevention Agenda, New York State’s well-defined strategy for pursuing population health.

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  • A Matter of Equity: NYC Voters’ Opinions on Universal Free School Lunch By: Global Strategy Group Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: April 2017 Type: Resources, Data Set, Report

    This NYSHealth-funded survey by Global Strategy Group found that New York City voters overwhelmingly support universal free school lunch in public schools.

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  • Accelerating Change Through 100-Day Challenges By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Rapid Results Institute, Inc.

    NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places. 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 (TA) to help them meet their goals. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to provide TA to the Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) to increase physical activity among its residents. Under this grant, RRI worked with CCHD on implementing RRI’s 100-day challenge plan, a methodology that challenges organizations to achieve radically ambitious yet tangible and measurable goals in 100 days. CCHD’s goal was to increase participation in senior walking programs by 300% and increase new participation by youth in physical activity programs by 50%.

  • Empowering Community School Directors By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Coro New York Leadership Center

    Community schools serve as neighborhood hubs where students receive high-quality academic instruction, families can access social services, and communities congregate to share and address their common challenges. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) began this initiative in an effort to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in urban centers. At each community school, a community school director (CSD) identifies student needs and facilitates relationships with community-based organizations that can address those needs. As CSDs are not educators or NYCDOE employees, they face challenges in having the authority to lead changes in their schools as compared with traditional school leaders. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded Coro New York Leadership Center a grant to provide leadership training to 110 CSDs in New York City. The leadership training program aimed to equip CSDs with skills to implement and lead holistic practices at community schools, such as supporting the provision of in-school health and mental health services and bolstering community and parent engagement with schools.

  • Exploring the Role of Hospitals in Improving Population Health By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Cornell University Weill Cornell Medical College

    There has been increasing attention to the concept of population health—the health of all the people in a geographic community. Population health comprises more than medical care; it also includes factors such as socioeconomic status, the built environment, and education. Hospitals and accountable care organizations can play important roles as key drivers of population health, but medical professionals often have a much narrower definition of this concept. Creating a common definition of population health is essential both to assess the extent to which hospitals are working to improve population health and understand what resources are (or are not) being allocated to this important work. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded Weill Cornell Medical College a grant to gather and analyze information on the current and future role of New York State hospitals in improving population health.

  • Understanding the Impact of Active Design in Affordable Housing: Insights for Policymakers and Developers By: Center for Active Design Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: January 2017 Type: Resources, Report

    This NYSHealth-funded policy brief by Center for Active Design highlights opportunities for using Active Design strategies on affordable housing design to increase the physical activity of residents and improve their health. 

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  • Developing a Wholesome Foods Pop-Up Market By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: January 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Field & Fork Network, Inc.

    NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places, one of which is Niagara Falls’ North End neighborhood. As part of this initiative, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative a grant to improve access to affordable, healthy food in the community by expanding pop-up farmers’ markets. Pop-up markets are a convenient and affordable way for residents to purchase fresh, healthy foods in neighborhoods with limited or no access to such food options. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded Field & Fork Network a modest grant to provide technical assistance to the Collaborative in the development of a wholesome foods pop-up market.

  • The Role of Hospitals in Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Population Health By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: April 2016 Type: Resources, Report

    This NYSHealth-funded report, prepared by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, examines hospitals’ involvement in community-based population health programs to address non-medical health determinants.

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