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. 

September 19, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #61

Learning Network Highlight

Clinton County Promoting Healthy Food Donations to Pantries

For the past year, staff at the Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) have worked with their local network of township food pantries, managed by the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity, to increase the ability to accept, store, and redistribute fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable foods. Now communities are being asked to make their donations healthy. To spread the word, the CCHD team created a series of three colorful, entertaining, and informative animated videos, and designed a targeted social media campaign to distribute the messages across the county. With the holiday donation season just around the corner, CCHD staff will be monitoring inventory at the local pantries to gauge the impact of the video campaign.

Learning Opportunities

  • Heart & Soul Talks: Everyone Gains When Youth Join Leadership
    *New Post* Previously Recorded 
    Listen to the Heart & Soul Talks series session on how to bring youth to the table in meaningful ways for fresh perspectives and authentic engagement.
  • Examining Disparities in NYC Parks
    *New Post* Previously Recorded 
    NY1 Manhattan Reporter Michael Scotto and Susan Chin, executive director of Design Trust for Public Space, talk about the disparities between parks in Manhattan and other boroughs in New York.
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Communicate Guide
    Thursday, September 21, 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
    Join County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for a short webinar highlighting its updated Communicate Guide for developing strategic messages and delivering those messages effectively.
  • Shared Use Ambassador Highlight: Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program
    Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will host a webinar to highlight its first Organization Shared Use Ambassador, the Ohio Department of Health. In 23 counties in Ohio, the Creating Healthy Communities Program is currently found in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Participants will learn about support and resources and hear from select communities about how they are implementing shared use to advance physical activity and healthy living in areas of high need.
  • Walking Towards Justice – The Color of Law
    Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    AmericaWalks will host the first webinar in its quarterly social-equity inspired online discussion series. This webinar will explore the intersection of walkability and residential segregation.
  • Heart & Soul Talks: Bridge Divides with Discourse that’s Civil
    Thursday, September 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    The Orton Family Foundation will host a webinar to share insight, practical ideas, and tools for advancing civil discourse from Mayor Thom Harnett of Gardiner, Maine, as well as a nationally-recognized expert in the field, Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer.
  • Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement
    *New Post* Wednesday, October 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
    Join America Walks to hear about successful examples of policies, programs, and practices that have demonstrated the power of working together and strengthening the walking movement.

Funding Opportunities


  • NYSHealth 2018 Special Projects Fund
    Online Inquiry Form Due: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
    The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) will provide between $50,000-$400,000 for projects that have an impact on New Yorkers at local, regional, or statewide levels. The Special Projects Fund supports efforts that align with NYSHealth’s mission, but are outside its focus areas of Building Healthy Communities, Empowering Healthcare Consumers, and Veteran’s Health.


  • Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health
    Rolling Application
    Healthy Neighborhoods grantees and partners can receive up to $2,000 per person from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) for up to two attendees to attend and present at local, state, or national conferences. Provision of this support aligns with NYSHealth’s key priority areas of Building Healthy Communities, Empowering Health Care Consumers, and Veterans’ Health.
  • RWJF Culture of Health Prize 2018
    Phase I Informational Webinar: September 20, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Application Due: Friday, November 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    The RWJF Culture of Health Prize released the 2018 call for applications to honor communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live well. Communities will receive $25,000, have the opportunity to share their story and lessons learned, and join a national network of previous winning communities.

Tools & Resources

  • De Blasio Administration Move Ahead on Land Trusts
    Learn about Picture the Homeless’ efforts to fight for community land trusts (CLTs) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s $1.65 million budget to expand permanently affordable housing via CLTs. Two of the CLTs receiving resources are the New York City Community Land Initiative and the East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust, cofounded by Picture the Homeless.
  • Incorporating Health into Physical Needs Assessments
    This Build Healthy Places Network blog describes the new Integrated Physical Needs Assessment tool launched by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. This tool will allow affordable housing owners to take advantage of incentives and opportunities to make their properties sustainable and safe.
  • Interpreters Bringing a Radical Approach to Language Access
    Learn from a growing group of interpreters who are dedicated to addressing the power imbalances in their language-access work and connecting it to a social justice vision. An interpreting for social justice workshop helped them think critically about the power dynamics that come with language access.
  • All-In Cities Policy Toolkit
    This toolkit provides clear, concise policy information and real-world examples of equitable growth strategies that city leaders can leverage to promote racial economic inclusion.
  • Safe Routes to Parks Resource Guide
    This guide provides park and recreation staff and their partners with resources to support implementation of the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework. Included in this guide are links to toolkits, assessments, online tools, and case studies from the National Recreation and Park Association and partners.
  • Health Care Cost Transparency Website: YouCanPlanForThis
    The new website was launched by FAIR Health and supported by the New York State Health Foundation. The site contains tools and educational content to empower New Yorkers across the State to plan for and manage their medical and dental expenses. It offers unbiased, transparent, user-friendly information on health care costs.


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