Niagara Falls Resident Leadership Program: Urban Alchemy Training
Building Healthy Communities
July 5, 2016
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 2016, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (the Collaborative) a grant as part of this effort.
Under this grant, the Collaborative supported the training of participants in a resident leadership program on the elements of urban restoration, part of a curriculum in urbanism based on Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s work, Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities. Specifically, the training included instruction from Dr. Fullilove, walking tours, an urban restoration workshop and field guide, and site visits.