Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup

The Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup is a biweekly resource digest to inform healthy communities strategies for New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees. With the release of each new Roundup, this page will be updated to reflect the latest content. 

March 21, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #48

Learning Network Highlights

New Healthy Neighborhoods Resources on Partnering with Healthcare and Healthy Food Retail

The recent Healthy Neighborhoods Learning Exchange sessions about Partnering with Healthcare to Advance Place-Based Work and Successes and Strategies in Implementing Healthy Food Retail yielded rich discussions and resource sharing. Participants in the partnering with healthcare session learned about healthcare agencies’ increasing involvement in strategies that address social determinants of health through insights from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation-funded North Carolina communities, as well as Urban Health Plan’s Bronx initiatives. The healthy food retail discussion provided another opportunity for Healthy Neighborhoods partners to engage in meaningful sharing and learning about making healthy and affordable foods accessible in retail settings.

Visit the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Learning Collaborative webpage to access the slides, resources, and recordings of previous Learning Exchange sessions. Let us know how we can make future Learning Exchange sessions helpful by contacting Joanne Lee to share your ideas!

Community Assets Mapping for Healthier Neighborhoods

The New York State Health Foundation awarded grants to the University of Chicago and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center to support the replication of MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive Science in Service to Communities), which is a program that pairs high school youth with university students as mentors. MAPSCorps collected, catalogued, and analyzed data on all public-facing businesses and organizations, and released resource maps highlighting healthy eating, active living, and other assets for Niagara Falls and the New York City neighborhoods of East Harlem, Brownsville, Two Bridges, and the South Bronx.

Learning Opportunities

  • Healthier Food Retail Peer Networking Call
    Previously Recorded
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity healthy food retail networking call in March featured presenters from North Carolina and Missouri who shared their work on increasing access to healthy foods in small food retailers. Note: Adobe Connect will need to be downloaded in order to access the recording.
  • Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion
    Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    America Walks will host a webinar on their recent work on gentrification and displacement. Participants will explore community projects that address these issues across the United States and learn about a toolkit that provides strategies for communities that have been or may be affected by gentrification.
  • Partnerships to Enhance and Advance Approaches to Healthy Housing
    Wednesday, March 22, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Join America Walks for a webinar on how cities are partnering with health systems and leaders, community based organizations, and other multi-sector partners to advance promising practices that contribute to healthier living environments.
  • Evaluating Community Food Programs
    Thursday, March 23, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10027
    The City University of New York’s Urban Food Policy Forum is hosting a meeting to discuss the evaluation of New York City community food programs over the last five years.
  • Targeted Strategies to Reduce Employment Inequality
    *New Post* Thursday, March 23, 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
    The National Equity Atlas will host a webinar on the findings of its recent data analysis brief, “Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros.” Focused jobs strategies implemented by the Northside Group in Minneapolis and the Network for Economic Opportunity in New Orleans will also be presented.
  • Creating Value: Assessing the Return on Investment in Complete Streets
    *New Post* Thursday, March 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Join the National Complete Streets Coalition to explore how to plan and design Complete Streets projects to make them more competitive for grants. Participants will also explore how to use return-on-investment analysis to measure the benefits of Complete Streets.
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101
    *New Post* Tuesday, April 11, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a webinar on the use of County Health Rankings data to create actions, exploration of the Roadmaps to Health Action Center tools and resources, and review of new information on the 2017 Rankings release.

Funding Opportunities


  • Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities
    Application Due: Friday, March 31, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award $60,000 to six communities to participate in a nine-month, lab-based process designed and facilitated by Greater Good Studio. Through the social labs, awardees will collaborate across sectors and engage diverse partners to explore what it takes to create better communities and support better childhoods.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids: Incubator Opportunity
    Application Due: Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
    Incubator Applications 101 Webinar (previously recorded)
    Voices for Healthy Kids is offering $15,000-$30,000 for a period of up to one year to support innovation and engage additional partners and strategies that will further the efforts of existing Voices for Healthy Kids campaigns, particularly by populations most impacted by childhood obesity.
  • Cultivating Healthy Communities 2017 Grant Program
    Application Due: Thursday, April 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    The Aetna Foundation will award $50,000 to $100,000 to organizations that address pressing issues, such as the built environment, community safety, healthy behaviors, and social/economic factors. Projects will span an 18 to 24 month period.
  • Fruits and Vegetables Community Grants Program
    Application Due: Thursday, April 20, 2017
    The United Fresh Start Foundation announced the new Community Grants Program to help increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables through programs and activities. The program will award $25,000 to local community organizations and groups that share the Foundation’s mission.
  • Future of Population Health Award
    Application Due: Friday, April 21, 2017
    The Public Health Foundation released this award to recognize exemplary practice by hospitals and health systems that are collaborating with public health departments and other community partners to address the upstream causes of population health challenges.


  • Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector
    Application Due: Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. USDA will distribute the funds through three programs: Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program to help support local and regional food stakeholders.
  • Community Food Funders Champion Award
    Application Due: Friday, April 14, 2017
    The Community Food Funders steering committee will award $5,000 to a leader or organization working toward transitioning the food system to one that honors and values people, the environment, and sustainable economic models. Awardees will have an opportunity to present their work to a group of funders and philanthropists at the Community Food Funders Annual Gathering.
  • NYSHealth’s Conference Support for Healthy Communities
    Rolling Application through Friday, June 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
    Healthy Neighborhoods grantees and partners can receive funding to attend and present at local, state, and national conferences through the New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities opportunity. Provision of this support aligns with NYSHealth’s key goal to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods and being physically active.

Tools & Resources

  • Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer
    PolicyLink created a report on how policies working in tandem with arts and culture strategies are achieving equity goals. The document provides strategies and case examples on the role of arts and culture across many sectors, such as transportation, housing, economic development, and health. East Harlem is highlighted for its use of community activists, equity advocates, and philanthropy efforts to convert an abandoned public school into an affordable live-work space for low-income artists of color.
  • Using Public Transportation to Connect Neighborhoods and Grocery Stores
    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a two-page fact sheet on why public transit matters for food access and included strategies for improving healthy food access.
  • Next Generation of Community Health
    The American Hospital Association Committee on Research 2016 released a report on the role of hospitals in what the next generation of community health will look like. This report offers new and current strategies related to community health, case studies, tools, and resources that hospitals can use to advance health.


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