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. 

September 13, 2016

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #37

Learning Network Highlight

Farewell (until next time) to Lourdes Rodriguez

September 15th marks Lourdes Rodriguez’s last official day with the New York State Health Foundation. In May, she and her family made a decision to relocate to Texas to be closer to her and her husband’s aging parents. They agreed that the final confirmation to make the move would be finding jobs that are as exciting as their current ones! Lourdes found that job (or it found her) and will be the founding director for the Center for Place-Based Initiatives in the Department of Population Health at the new Dell Medical School which recently opened in Austin. Her husband Roj has joined the roster of an ad agency seeking to grow in the Southwest market. Lourdes is excited about her new role and the opportunities it will provide to build from her experiences in New York. Her message to you: “I am taking all of you and everything I have learned from Healthy Neighborhoods with me to Austin! If I need help in areas of your expertise, please promise to respond to my emails or pick up the phone when I call!” We wish her and her family a healthy and active journey, and assurance that she will always be part of the Healthy Neighborhoods team!

Learning Opportunities

  • Equity in Healthy Food Access: Engaging Women and Entrepreneurs of Color
    Recorded Webinar
    PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund hosted a webinar on Equity in Healthy Food Access: Engaging Women and Entrepreneurs of Color. The webinar presented the economic potential of entrepreneurs of color and female entrepreneurs, common barriers and challenges to accessing capital, promising approaches for connecting smaller businesses with resources, as well as case studies and best practices from the field.
  • Partnering with Congregations to Sustain and Strengthen Communities through Farmers’ Markets
    *New Post* Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 p.m.
    The Farmers Market Coalition will host a webinar on the value of partnerships between farmers markets and faith communities in increasing healthy food access. Presenters from The Food Trust and Partners for Sacred Places will discuss why and how these partnerships are beneficial and best practices around collaboration, challenges, and successes. Participants will identify first steps that farmers’ market operators and faith communities can take to build these partnerships.
  • Using the Rankings Data: On Beyond Your County Snapshot!
    *New Post* Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 p.m.
    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a 20-minute webinar to provide guidance on finding and understanding the Rankings data on and off their website. Participants will learn to go beyond the Rankings’ specific measures with links to additional county-level data, visualize where the assets and weaknesses are in a community, and learn how other communities are using the Rankings.
  • Community Approaches to Advance Health Equity
    Online course, continuing education expires Friday, September 30
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering an online training course that provides an introduction to health equity. The purpose of the course is to help participants more effectively incorporate health equity into all aspects of their work. The course contains six lessons designed to help learners test their knowledge and practice new skills.
  • Salud America! New Report Card for Healthy Change
    *New Post* Wednesday, October 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Community Commons is partnering with Salud America! to host a webinar on how to access a brand new report card on issues related to obesity and health in counties. Participants will also learn how to access other resources in the Salud America! Hub.
  • How to Create Successful Markets
    Friday, October 14, 8:30 a.m. to Saturday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.
    419 Lafayette Street 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
    Project for Public Spaces offers a two-day training course where participants learn the essentials for creating a thriving public market that is economically sustainable, maximizes community benefits, and contributes to the creation of public places that attract a broad diversity of people. Participants will learn the essentials for creating an extraordinary public market during work sessions and on-site tours of New York City’s thriving open-air and indoor public markets.
  • Healthy Food Retail Networking Call
    *New Post* Tuesday, October 18, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    *Dial-In Information: 1-877-915-2761; 54261519*
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting two presentations during their Healthy Food Retail Networking Call. The first presentation will provide an overview of Utah’s Double Up Food Bucks Program at farmers’ markets, including program background, development, partnerships, and evaluation results. The second presentation will discuss Montana’s Double Food Coupon Pilot program including successes, barriers, and challenges to implementation and sustainability. In addition, presenters will share their ongoing research on how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients’ are using the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market in Bozeman, Montana.

Funding Opportunities


  • 2017 Special Projects Fund
    Required Online Inquiry Form Due: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
    The New York State Health (NYSHealth) Foundation released its Special Projects request for proposals for nonprofits and for-profit organizations with a significant ability to impact New York State. This opportunity is intended to support projects that fit NYSHealth’s mission, but are outside its main priorities of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers. Awardees will receive funds in the range of $50,000-$400,000, with Special Projects Fund grants typically being in the $250,000 range.


  • Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance Initiative
    Application Due: Friday, October 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
    The Federal Transit Administration, in partnership with Smart Growth America, released its second round of the Transit-Oriented Technical Assistance Initiative. The initiative offers free technical assistance to communities to develop tools, guidance, and other resources for enhancing transit-oriented development within transit corridors, near a public transportation station, and in economically distressed communities. Join the webinar to hear about the application process and tips on successfully completing an application. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about a specific project and its eligibility.
  • 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
    Webinar for Interested Applicants: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
    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. Join the informational webinar to learn more about how to apply.

Tools & Resources

  • Cities Hire Food Systems Experts to Address Obesity, Food Access
    At least 22 cities have created leadership roles for change-makers focused on food. In 2012, the US Conference of Mayors established a Task Force on Food Policy, and since its inception, cities have been encouraged to create food policy positions. These food policy positions have focused on sustainability, health, economic development, and more with recognition of local government’s vital role in improving the food environment. New York City’s Food Policy Director, Barbara Turk, is mentioned for her work on nutrition education, increasing food security, and helping overhaul New York City’s institutional purchasing plan.
  • Engagement: How Community Leaders and Residents Can Connect
    An excerpt from AARP’s free book, Where We Live, provides key points for engaging residents in conversations related to community engagement. This article shares 11 case examples on how mayors are helping community members connect with the government and one another. The case examples describe several initiatives, including Rolling and Walking Town Halls, Senior Centers, Budgeting for Outcomes, and more.
  • 6 Reasons Why Parks Matter for Health
    The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary of beauty, recreation, and conservation this summer. In honor of this milestone, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health team shares six reasons why access to public land is vital to everyone’s physical and mental health. This information was gathered through interviews with national and state leaders.
  • Health Equity and the Role for Community Development
    Build Healthy Places Network shares the critical role of community development in improving health equity in their blog, Health Equity and the Role for Community Development. The blog examines the intersection of community development and health, noting that lack of opportunity to achieve a healthy and rewarding life is due to poverty, which is the focus of community development work. The blog also discusses the burden of poverty and discrimination on health outcomes. Seven case examples are included to illustrate collaboration among community development, health, and finance sectors as a way to not only improve buildings, but also revitalize places where people live.
  • Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development
    Smart Growth America developed the Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development report, which examines how six cities are using smart growth and placemaking strategies. The report provides case examples from Boise, ID; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA on how these cities are using smart growth development to successfully attract new companies and residents.



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