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. 

April 18, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #50

Learning Network Highlights

Now Available – March Learning Collaborative Meeting Materials

Materials are now available from the March 29 Learning Collaborative meeting held in New York City. NYC Healthy Neighborhoods partners shared snapshots of their projects, discussed ways to address cross-cutting implementation challenges, and learned about an opportunity to build or strengthen project or organizational capacity from Catchafire. Visit the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Learning Collaborative webpage to access resources from previous Learning Collaborative meetings and Learning Exchange sessions.

The New York Foundation Seeks Program Officer

The New York Foundation is searching for a program officer! The ideal candidate will be someone who believes that the resilience and vitality of NYC’s neighborhoods are its greatest resources. This position will support new and established community-based organizations in their efforts to engage people most immediately affected by local issues, secure more support, and sustain the field of community organizing advocacy in New York. Please pass this information along to any of your partners who may be interested!

Learning Opportunities

  • New Opportunities for Improving Food within New York City Housing Authority Communities
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    As a part of the City University of New York Urban Food Policy Forum series, participants explored current, past, and proposed food initiatives focused on engaging residents at NYC Housing Authority developments.
  • Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion
    Previously Recorded
    America Walks hosted a webinar about their recent work on gentrification and displacement. Participants learned about community projects across the United States that address these issues and learned about a toolkit that provides strategies for communities that have been or may be affected by gentrification.
  • Healthier Food Retail Peer Networking Call
    *New Post* Tuesday, April 18, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity will host a webinar on building partnerships to strengthen healthier food retail efforts, increasing access to healthy foods and beverages in Kwik Trips, and using SNAP-Ed to support a Wisconsin campaign aimed to drive consumer demand for healthier foods and beverages in retail environments.
  • The Transit-Walkability Collaborative–An Inter-Model Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods
    Tuesday, April 18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Join America Walks for a webinar on the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, a partnership that promotes the benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities. Participants will learn 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.
  • Advancing Health Equity Through Strategic Partnerships
    Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a discussion with the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership on making health equity a priority. Participants will learn about strategies to engage local and national partners to increase health equity and other practical guidance for how to take action in your community.
  • Fostering Health and Equity through Community Engagement
    Wednesday, April 19, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Learn how to integrate sustainable, evidence-based health equity strategies and principles into community health activities to address social determinants of health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity awardees will explain how to engage individuals, communities, and organizational partnerships in this work.
  • What Would it Take to Grow A Regional Food Economy?
    *New Post* Tuesday, April 25, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10027
    The Urban Food Policy Institute, in coordination with the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, will kick off their two-part series looking at regional food issues. This forum will include exploration of current efforts, as well as discussion about opportunities and challenges of expanding regional food procurement and consumption.
  • Community-Wide Interventions That Have Health Impact in 5 Years: A Look at Public Transportation Expansion
    Wednesday, April 26, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting a web session on specific interventions identified in the Health Impact in 5 Years initiative that demonstrate how local- and state-level organizations have expanded public transportation to meet the needs of their communities.
  • Building and Unleashing Community Power to Advance Health Equity
    Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
    Join Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity for a training on how power is situated in a health equity framework, authentic community engagement and community power building practices, and examples of how partnerships with a health equity approach can advance policy and systems changes to promote health.
  • Evaluate Actions: Tools and Guidance
    *New Post* Tuesday, May 9, 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a webinar to explore the Evaluate Actions tools and guidance in Roadmaps to Health Action Center. Participants will also learn about strategies for starting an evaluation, understanding if there is an impact, and demonstrating progress.
  • Healthy Neighborhoods Evaluation: Emerging Findings, Useful Lessons
    *New Post* Wednesday, May 24, 10:00 –11:00 a.m.
    Seven key findings emerged during the first year of the Healthy Neighborhoods initiative. Hear from Paul Tainsh, Senior Evaluator with the NYU Evaluation team, about these findings and how the team plans to continue to collaborate with and support the Healthy Neighborhoods partnerships in local- and initiative-level evaluation. He will also discuss how the evaluation findings can be useful in your partnership’s continued efforts and address your questions. Register today and invite partners who are involved or interested in the Healthy Neighborhoods evaluation efforts!

Funding Opportunities


  • Public For All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC
    Launch Event: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    The Point Community Development Corporation, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, New York, New York 10474
    Design Trust for Public Space will host an information session for their forthcoming call for proposals for research, design, and planning projects that uncover the potential of NYC’s shared spaces, including underutilized and under-resourced community assets. Submissions will be accepted from NYC community groups, City agencies, and individuals across the five boroughs.
  • Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects
    Application Due: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    Webinar for Interested Applicants: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Forward Promise, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is offering two funding pathways with awards up to $150,000 or $450,000 over two years to organizations that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma to boys and young men of color ages 12-24 years. Selected grantees will promote opportunities for boys and young men of color to heal, grow, and thrive.
  • 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.


  • Fruits and Vegetables Community Grants Program
    Application Due: Thursday, April 20, 2017
    The United Fresh Start Foundation announced the new Community Grants Program to help increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables through programs and activities. The program will award $25,000 to local community organizations and groups that share the Foundation’s mission.
  • Building Resilient Communities through Green Infrastructure in ParksCommunity Engagement Grant
    Application Due: Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
    The National Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with Southwest Airlines, aims to build resilient communities whose residents are engaged and empowered to create solutions to challenges they face. Three communities will be awarded $10,000 to fund community engagement activities that educate and empower local residents in green infrastructure projects in their local parks.
  • Future of Population Health Award
    Application Due: Friday, April 21, 2017
    The Public Health Foundation released this award to recognize exemplary practice by hospitals and health systems that are collaborating with public health departments and other community partners to address the upstream causes of population health challenges.
  • 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

  • NYC Neighborhood Health Action Centers Confront Risk at the Block Level
    Next City announced the launch of the NYC Health Department’s Neighborhood Health Action Centers as a part of their goal to strengthen the agency’s work to eliminate health inequities. Three centers will be implemented in areas with highest need (East Harlem, Tremont, Bronx, and Brownsville, Brooklyn) through a $3 million commitment from Mayor Bill de Blasio. This collaborative effort includes community-based organizations and city agencies.
  • Lessons from Evaluating Community Food Programs
    The City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute shares lessons from their five-year evaluation of community food programs in 14 NYC neighborhoods. In this commentary, lessons of experiences are shared and questions about evaluation are raised for food policy and food justice communities to consider.
  • Solidarity Rising in Massachusetts: How Solidarity Economy Movement is Emerging in Lower-Income Communities of Color
    The Massachusetts-based Solidarity Economy Initiative, which was convened to support grassroots organizations to lead a movement for a solidarity economy (transformation from capitalism to a world rooted in democracy, justice, and sustainability), commissioned this report. It examines eight cases across lower-income communities of color to see the solidarity economy movement in action, which includes worker-owned co-ops, community land trusts, and community-controlled capital. The report also includes the United States Solidarity Economy Map and directory which is led by four academics, one in New York, to help connect solidarity enterprises and build supply chains.


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