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. 

July 25, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #57

Learning Network Highlight

Urban Health Plan’s Welcome to Summer Play Street

On June 30, Urban Health Plan, with support and funding from the New York Community Trust and other partners, welcomed summer by transforming Gilbert Street in Hunts Point into a place of health, wellness, and culture for the children and families of the Peninsula. The Play Street event offered families a wholesome, safe, and car-free space to play, exercise, learn, and share. There was a library area where more than 300 books were taken home by children and their families. Other activities included food demonstrations, arts and crafts, and Zumba and Yoga classes. Children also played football and learned to ride bikes with help from BikeNYC. GrowNYC provided fresh vegetables at a pop-up Mercado. Children also participated by letting the organizers know how to create signage to promote the activation of outdoor space.

Learning Opportunities

Funding Opportunities


  • Making Policy Public
    Application Due: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
    The Center for Urban Pedagogy is celebrating its 10th anniversary of Making Policy Public with a call for proposals from community and advocacy organizations to address a policy issue that would benefit from a visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. Advocates will receive support and resources from CUP, including 1,000 free copies of the foldout poster they produce to distribute to their constituency.
  • 2017 Environmental Justice Green Jobs for Youth
    Application Due: Tuesday, September 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a request for applications for community-based organizations (which are non-profits or partnered with a NFP) for job training programs in clean energy, green infrastructure, and urban agriculture for young New Yorkers. Awardees will receive $50,000-$100,000 toward education and training for skills sought by employers in the above fields that demonstrate local and industry demand for the skill set.


  • ioby Projects Campaign: Special Cash Bonuses
    Application Due: Monday, July 31, 2017
    ioby is offering $1,000 in cash bonuses for project campaigns working to raise $10,000 or more through typical crowdfunding sticking points. Coaching services will be provided along with new planning tools and training resources.

Tools & Resources

  • NYC Foodscapes by Neighborhood
    The New York City Foodscape reports compiled by the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College provide community-level snapshots with data on healthy/unhealthy food consumption, food access, and nutrition-related diseases. Reports are available for zip codes in the Bronx and East Harlem neighborhoods. These Foodscapes reports also provide a sampling of resources available to residents within their neighborhoods to support healthy eating.
  • All-In-Cities Policy Toolkit
    PolicyLink released a toolkit that provides examples of specific policies that local leaders can adapt to their own economic and political contexts, relevant research and data resources, and model policy and campaign language. It is designed to help leaders inside and outside city government identify, understand, and choose targeted policy solutions to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth.
  • How Can Neighborhood Parks Attract More Users?
    Learn how neighborhood parks are being used and how to ensure that parks better promote physical activity. This article shares findings related to park users, popular park features, and factors contributing most to park use and physical activity through a representative sample of parks across the country.
  • Healthy Aging In Parks Survey
    The National Recreation and Park Association conducted a survey to gain greater insight about how park and recreation agencies and their staff serve older adults. This report summarizes key findings from more than 500 responses to the survey about programming, partnerships, and resources.


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