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  • Coro New York Leadership Center NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Grantee Training Consultancy Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $39,900

    Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYSHealth is supporting six communities across New York State to become healthier, 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. By offering responsive and time-sensitive technical assistance funding to grantees and their partners, NYSHealth can help them meet their goals. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Coro New York Leadership Center a grant to develop and deliver a leadership development initiative for residents of the six communities.

  • Fund for Public Health in New York City East Harlem Community Engagement Strategies Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $50,000

    The Healthy Neighborhoods Fund community of East Harlem is a culturally diverse neighborhood. But like many neighborhoods of color, East Harlem has experienced a systemic lack of investment in resources and continues to experience political and economic inequality. These factors have contributed to making East Harlem the 12th poorest neighborhood in New York City. East Harlem residents experience worse health outcomes than residents of many other New York City neighborhoods, and preventable chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are common. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY) a grant to develop community engagement strategies that improve access to public spaces and create opportunities for East Harlem residents to be physically active.

  • In Our Backyards (ioby) Resident-Led Change for Healthy Neighborhoods Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $120,000

    Community engagement unlocks the knowledge contained within residents to solve local problems. When residents implement their own solutions, they build community participation, neighborhood cohesion, and long-term stewardship. However, ideas from resident leaders have traditionally been an underfunded, overlooked source of fast, inexpensive solutions to a number of interconnected challenges of building healthy communities. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded a grant to In Our Backyards (ioby) to provide the resources for resident leaders to tackle some of their most pressing community health concerns. Much of this investment was used to leverage additional funds in citizen philanthropy through a 1:1 matching campaign by ioby to bring community-based crowd-funded projects to fruition in NYSHealth Healthy Neighborhoods Fund communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded ioby a grant in support of another matching funds campaign to advance innovative, cost-effective solutions to build healthy communities.

  • 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.

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