Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

East Harlem Community Convener Funds

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

December 9, 2020




In Progress


Through its Building Healthy Communities priority area, NYSHealth has supported six communities across the State in implementing neighborhood-level approaches to increase access to healthy, affordable food and to improve the built environment to make physical activity easier.

In each neighborhood, community convener organizations have spearheaded and acted as the main coordinators for the work, assembling and mobilizing partner coalitions to achieve shared goals. As a result of these efforts, nearly half a million New Yorkers in these neighborhoods have better opportunities to lead healthier lives. As this initiative enters its final year of programming, it is vital that community convener grantees and their partners are prepared to grow and sustain their work at the end of the grant cycle. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY) a grant to help sustain fresh food access and vibrant public spaces for residents in East Harlem.

Under this grant, FPHNY will partner the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to work collaboratively with East Harlem residents to ensure they can sustain and expand initiatives to improve physical activity and healthy living in their neighborhood. FPHNY will address barriers to engagement and participation in community health programs; strengthen opportunities to increase social and racial justice; and ensure that community input is integrated into all plans. Best practices and tools will be shared with resident leaders so they can maintain progress and continue advocacy work around community-specific health needs. Successful strategies will be shared with other New York City neighborhoods, including Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx, and local community-based organizations and City agencies.