Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup

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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. 

October 25, 2016

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #40

Learning Network Highlight

Brownsville – Center for Active Design Excellence Winner!

The Belmont Revitalization Project in Brownsville is a 2016 Center for Active Design Excellence Winner. The award acknowledges a group of Brownsville community partners that are serving as catalysts for community change and inspiring examples for shaping future design and research. The Center for Court Innovation’s Brownsville Community Justice Center led the launch of the project in 2014, in collaboration with the  Brownsville Partnership and other partners. Their vision is to improve public safety, increase economic development, and restore a strong sense of community. The winning Belmont Revitalization Project re-connects Brownsville residents to the physical spaces in their community by transforming the Belmont Business Corridor into a thriving civic space and business district. The project continues to inspire new placemaking initiatives, including a youth-designed community clubhouse and installation of lights under the elevated train.

As another part of the Brownsville Partnership’s ongoing efforts to improve the built environment, health, and economic prosperity of residents, they held their Hope Summit as a part of Live! on Livonia, in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation and other community partners. HOPE Summit 2016 transformed underutilized space under the Livonia Avenue elevated train into an outdoor classroom where residents discussed strategies around open space, affordable housing, and economic development.

Learning Opportunities

  • Health Equity Training Series
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    The Community Health Training Institute presented a three-part series on health equity. The topics included an introduction to equity in community building, engaging and empowering priority communities, and power dynamics. This series is for individuals or teams working toward community health who may be new to health equity work or are seeking a refresher.
  • A Level Playing Field: Addressing City Issues through the Lens of Equity
    *New Post* Thursday, October 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is hosting a webinar on the intersections between place, race, and health in policy, program, and practice decisions. Participants will learn innovative city-led efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities from leaders with the City of Baltimore and national organizations such as PolicyLink which are leading a variety of efforts to confront these challenges. Tools and resources to support efforts to build a culture of health and advance health equity will also be shared.
  • The How and Why of Local Government Support for Food Systems
    *New Post* Tuesday, November 1, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is hosting an in-depth discussion about the results of a second national survey of more than 2,200 local government leaders on their policies, plans, and partnerships that support local food systems. The study was conducted in 2015 by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City-County Management Association. The webinar will explore how and why city and county governments across the country are (or are not) supporting local food and farm efforts, and ways to effectively engage local government in these efforts.
  • The Power of Community Gardens in New York City
    *New Post* Friday, November 4, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
    Hunter College, Silberman Building, Second Floor Auditorium, 2180 Third Avenue and 119th Street, New York
    The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, in partnership with the New York City Community Garden Coalition, will host a breakfast seminar exploring the power of community gardens in New York City. Participants will learn about community gardens and their role in community and economic development; discuss the intersection between race, food, and social justice; and gain an increased understanding of the state of community gardens in New York City.
  • Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan General Meeting
    *New Post* Monday, November 14, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55W 125th Street
    7th Floor Auditorium, New York
    The Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan Workgroup is bringing together healthy food advocates, activists, and consumers for lunch and a panel discussion about food justice programs that empower youth to make positive changes in Upper Manhattan’s food environment.

Funding Opportunities


  • Local Foods, Local Places 2016-2017 Application
    Application Due: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency released a request for assistance to help communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The Local Foods, Local Places program aims to support projects that create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods; boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; and improve access to healthy and local food, especially among disadvantaged populations. Selected communities will receive planning assistance during a two-day community workshop on developing an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization.
  • Healthy Places for Healthy People 2016 Request for Applications
    Application Due: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency released a request for planning assistance to selected communities that is centered around a two-day community workshop. Communities will receive help to develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization.
  • Community Food Projects Grant Program Request for Assistance
    Application Due: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
    The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and several partners released a request for assistance to current grantees and applicants of the Community Food Projects grant program of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Selected communities will receive one-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities.
  • Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program
    Application Due: Monday, December 12, 2016
    Informational Webinar: November 3, 2:00 p.m.
    The United States Department of Agriculture has $16.7 million in competitive grant funding available to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Applications may be submitted in three categories: pilot projects requesting less than $100,000 over one year, multi-year community-based projects requesting less than $500,000 over no more than four years, and multi-year large-scale projects requesting $500,000 or more over no more than four years.


  • 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
    Application Due: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
    The 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize will award up to 10 winning communities with a $25,000 cash prize and opportunities to have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes everywhere.
  • America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative: Micro Grants
    Application Due: Friday, November 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
    America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative will provide a second year of Micro Grant funding. Awardees will receive up to $1,500 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Funded projects are expected to increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities; develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations working for more walkability; and make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members.

Tools & Resources

  • A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity
    The Build Healthy Places Network produced this report in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation. It provides a comprehensive look at 38 regional and national healthy communities demonstration programs, one of which is the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, to provide a better understanding of who is leading the work, where they focus their efforts, and what actions they undertake to promote healthy communities.
  • Metrics for Healthy Communities
    Developed by Wilder Research and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this website offers measures, data sources, and logic models for community development and health organizations working together to improve social determinants of health. There are more than 150 impact measures for common types of community health improvement projects—from supportive housing and fresh produce access to childcare centers. Metrics for Healthy Communities can be used to build a logic model for an initiative, get data on community conditions, or simply gain a better understanding of how activities can lead to better health and economic prosperity.
  • Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress
    Trust for America’s Health recently released the Blueprint for a Healthier America, which features high-impact policies for the next Administration and Congress. The report calls for improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States, and details pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns through adoption of proven health strategies. The Blueprint also highlights leading evidence-based strategies for improving health and policy and models to help scale them across the nation, including several examples from New York.
  • Advancing the Health of Communities and Populations: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care
    Part of the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions series, this paper identifies a number of proposals for moving forward to advance community health. At the core of the proposals is the need to align forces across sectors and communities toward disease prevention. Achieving the highest possible level of health in communities requires a rebalancing of overall investments in ways that enhance disease prevention and wellness strategies throughout the lifespan of health initiatives and builds the strength and resilience of communities.


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