Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Grantees
Building Healthy Communities
$2 million invested over the course of 2 years.
2015-2017DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT
In 2015, NYSHealth launched a new priority area, Building Healthy Communities, focused on improving access to healthy, affordable foods and safe places for physical activity in six diverse neighborhoods throughout New York State: Clinton County; Brownsville, Brooklyn; East Harlem, Manhattan; Near Westside, Syracuse; North End, Niagara Falls; and Two Bridges, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
In February 2015, NYSHealth announced the selection of six Healthy Neighborhoods Fund communities—three in New York City and three upstate, representing half a million New Yorkers—along with the community convener organizations to lead the work. The grantee organizations were diverse and ranged from large county health departments to small grassroots neighborhood coalitions, reflecting the communities that they serve.
This grant outcome report documents NYSHealth’s approach to develop the new priority area; identify targeted neighborhoods, partners, and grantees; adapt and adjust its work over time; and assess its progress and impact. It also spotlights accomplishments and challenges of the first three years of NYSHealth’s work in this area. Evaluation efforts and results to date in this place-based investment are highlighted, along with technical assistance activities to further support the neighborhoods in achieving their goals. The report concludes with a look ahead at next steps for community transformation in these six neighborhoods, as NYSHealth has reauthorized its commitment to this initiative for an additional three years through 2020.