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. 

May 16, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #52

Learning Network Highlights

The Just Food Conference Highlights Healthy Retail in Bronx Bodegas

Kudos to project leads and partners of BronxWorks and Urban Health Plan, who led a recent panel at the 2017 Just Food Conference in New York City in March. Over 1,000 community organizers, urban and rural farmers, Community Supported Agriculture members, educators, and local food advocates attended the weekend meeting. Kim Wong (BronxWorks) and Yineska Guerrero (Urban Health Plan) organized and moderated the panel discussion on healthy retail efforts in Bronx bodegas. Other presenters from the Montefiore Health System (Liz Spurrell-Huss), Bronx Health REACH (Emma Rodgers), the Bodega Association of the United States (Ramon Murphy), BronxWorks (Carolina Espinosa), and Urban Health Plan (Maggie Rourke) shared their lessons from collaborating with community-based organizations, health centers, bodega owners, and local residents to bring healthier food to neighborhoods.

2017 ioby Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge is On!

Residents in Healthy Neighborhoods sites are taking an active role in creating a culture of health in their communities. Please help support the 24 projects that are part of this year’s ioby Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge. Donations to these campaigns will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the New York State Health Foundation during the fundraising period which ends May 25, 2017.  Donations will go twice as far in supporting projects that are working to improve public health outcomes across New York State.

Learning Opportunities

  • Building a Community Engagement Strategy
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    This Collective Impact Forum’s virtual coffee chat shares the Community Engagement toolkit designed for authentic, equitable, transparent, and strategic engagement of community residents as true partners for achieving impact.
  • The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Model Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    America Walks hosted a webinar on the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, a partnership that promotes the benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities. Participants learned about the release of a fact sheet providing data to support walkability and transit advocacy, and the launch of a National survey designed to collect information about existing local collaborations.
  • Evaluating Community Food Programs
    Previously Recorded
    The City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute held a forum on evaluating community food programs. Panelists shared lessons learned, the utility of food evaluations, and strategies for collaboration. The goal of this forum was to inform current and future evaluations of community food programs.
  • Building a Culture of Opportunity within Disadvantaged Communities
    Previously Recorded
    Listen to this talk from the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s 2016 Nonprofit Management Institute in which Derrick Braziel, Founding Partner of MORTAR, explores how connecting people with the right resources and training as well as building a culture of opportunity from within can enable unlikely entrepreneurs, revitalize neighborhoods, and break the cycle of poverty.
  • Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation
    Previously Recorded
    The Orton Family Foundation and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design hosted a web session on how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs with a focus on attracting and retaining younger generations.
  • Healthier Food Retail Peer Networking Call
    Previously Recorded
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity hosted a webinar on building partnerships to strengthen healthy food retail efforts; increasing access to healthy foods and beverages in Kwik Trips; and using SNAP-Ed to support a Wisconsin campaign to increase consumer demand for healthier foods and beverages in retail environments.
  • Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities
    Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and co-host America Walks during their web session on developing and implementing Complete Streets in downtown corridors. Participants will learn about examples of collaboration between public health and rural economic development, the community involvement process, and steps to attain funding.
  • Communicating Equity with Policymakers, Community and Cross-Sector Partners
    Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
    Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity will host the last web session of their Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development online training. This session will provide the latest findings on effectively framing equity in policy contexts; effective strategies for successfully communicating about equity; and how the equity conversation is being shaped and understood by key public figures.
  • Collective Impact in the Real World: From Common Vision to Collaborative Evaluation
    Tuesday, May 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Join County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to learn about the Collective Impact model, evaluation plan, and processes implemented by the North Jersey Health Collaborative to improve community health.
  • Build Power for Health Equity: Strategic Practices for Local Health Departments
    *New Post* Thursday, June 1, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Dialogue4Health will host a webinar on internal and external strategic practices and examples for local health departments to advance equity, such as hiring and contracting practices, staff training, partnering with community organizing groups, and incorporating Health in All Policies. Participants will also learn about confronting the root causes of inequity and supporting leadership and innovation to advance it.
  • Using Data in Collective Impact
    *New Post* Tuesday, June 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Join the Collective Impact Virtual Coffee talk where speakers from Living Cities will share how to use data within collective impact efforts to reach better outcomes.

Funding Opportunities


  • Cultural Corridor Consortium: Creative Placemaking Grants
    Application Due: Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
    Transportation for America will award $50,000 for creative placemaking projects in three cities that engage residents, attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies, and foster conversations that bring more people to the table to plan and implement new transportation investments.


  • Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards
    Application Due: Friday, May 26, 2017
    The Center for Active Design will recognize organizations that have used active design to demonstrate a measurable impact on physical, mental, and social/civic health in creating healthy communities. Submissions can be made for built or research projects.
  • 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


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