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. 

June 13, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #54

Learning Network Highlight

South Bronx Wins the World’s Strongest Borough Challenge

Which is New York’s strongest borough? The title goes to the South Bronx, thanks to the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative partners, who created “The World’s Strongest Borough” community engagement campaign. This artist-led project was developed by the Cultural Ambassador of the Bronx, Baron Ambrosia, and is a part of the South Bronx Healthy and Livable Neighborhoods Initiative Artist Residency. The residency is presented by Bronx Health Reach in partnership with Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, New York Community Trust, Directions for Our Youth, and the Department of Family Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. A free “Mobile Pull-Up Bar of Power” and Fit ‘N Fun Club traveled to nearby parks and local community centers to encourage Bronx residents to perform at least one pull-up as a part of the challenge. In addition, residents had an opportunity to attend equipment-free fitness classes led by GetUpNGetFit, as well as discussions on healthy eating and active living. The South Bronx was celebrated at a culminating award ceremony during which plans for a permanent “Pull-Up Bar of Power” and mural commissioned from Bronx-based graffiti artists were shared.

Coming Soon!
Presentations and resources from the June 7-8 Healthy Neighborhoods Learning Collaborative meeting that was held in the Bronx will be shared in the next edition of the Roundup e-letter. Visit the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Learning Collaborative webpage to access resources from previous Learning Collaborative meetings and virtual learning sessions.

Learning Opportunities

  • A Conversation About Design and Health
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    Listen to the New York State Health Foundation’s panel discussion on creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces. Program Officer Nupur Choudhury was joined by speakers from the Center for Active Design and Enterprise Community Partners to discuss their organizations’ processes, key projects, and next steps for engaging designers, architects, and developers in creating design interventions that can create healthier communities.
  • State of the Cities: The Role of Local Leadership in 2017
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    Listen to the National League of Cities’ State of the Cities 2017 report. United States mayors’ shared their priorities as well as accomplishments, challenges, and future roadmaps of their cities.
  • What Would it Take to Grow A Regional Food Economy?
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    The Urban Food Policy Institute and the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College hosted a forum to explore current efforts, as well as discuss opportunities and challenges of expanding regional food procurement and consumption.
  • Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    The Urban Food Policy Institute and the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College hosted a forum to discuss opportunities in New York City and the State for developing common agendas across various movements (like environmental, labor, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and health care reform) to resist initiatives that harm health.
  • An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health
    Online Course
    Enroll in the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future six-module online course on the introduction of the United States food system. Participants will learn about key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and consider alternative approaches from farm to fork.
  • Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs for Measuring Walking and Walkability
    Wednesday, June 14, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    America Walks will host a webinar on new and innovative ways of collecting walkability data. Participants will also learn about one community’s approach to data collection and analysis to create walkable communities.
  • Advancing Health Equity Efforts in a Changing Policy Environment
    Monday, June 19, 1:00 p.m.
    Join Network Commons for a practical and interactive online discussion about improving neighborhood health and well-being. Participants will hear from three experts on strategies and points of leverage for organizations and individuals working to promote health equity.
  • Intervention Planning Matrix: Considering the Impact of Strategies
    Tuesday, June 20, 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
    Learn about the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ Intervention Planning Matrix tool, which is used to assess whether your mix of interventions support program, policy, and systems change. Participants will also learn about one community’s use of this tool to strengthen partnerships and move toward sustainable change.

Funding Opportunities


  • Meet Me at the Park: Play Space Grants
    Application Due: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
    The National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company invite United States Park and Recreation agencies to share their best ideas for increasing access to play spaces for children and families. Grant recipients will be required to provide opportunities for community engagement and volunteerism in association with the project.


  • 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.
  • 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

  • Placemaking When Black Lives Matter
    This Progressive City report highlights how placemaking can and does replicate inequalities and exclusionary practices. It focuses on examining best practices and concepts to address implicit bias, such as accessibility and livability.
  • Newly Designed Healthy Food Access Portal
    PolicyLink, in collaboration with The Food Trust and Reinvestment Fund, launched a newly designed Healthy Food Access Portal. Updates include a new monthly newsletter; revamped map and database on federal, state, and local policy information and available funding opportunities; and a new interactive library search.
  • Creating a Sustainable Community Garden
    In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn’s 462 Halsey Community Garden is a volunteer-run farm where residents grow food and community. Established in 2012, this garden is one of sixty that provide green space and locally grown food to the neighborhood’s 150,000 residents. Learn about their methods for creating a sustainable community garden, including youth education programs that foster a relationship between kids and nature.
  • State of the Cities 2017
    The National League of Cities released its annual report, which is a content analysis of 120 United States mayors’ perspectives. The report identifies priority issues such as economic development, infrastructure, and specific policies like workforce training and transit. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s remarks on affordable housing are included.
  • How to Engage Your Community with Health Data: Hosting a 500 Cities Event
    The Urban Institute released guidance for hosting local events that introduce the 500 Cities data and engage diverse partners to generate new ideas to advance health. This guide discusses how to set goals; select an event format; engage a diverse group of participants; and highlight the 500 Cities data, complementary data, and community action resources to advance cross-sector partnerships on health.


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