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. 

February 21, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #46

Learning Network Highlight

ioby Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge – Round 2!

Are you ready for another opportunity to fundraise for local projects to create a culture of health in your neighborhood? If so, sign up for the second round of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge! Supported by the New York State Health Foundation and ioby, the challenge is designed to support strategies such as creating greener neighborhoods, improving local access to affordable healthy food, and promoting walking, biking, or other physical activity. In the first round, twenty-three projects were supported in neighborhoods across New York, raising a total of $115,073. Projects ranged from wellness workshops for mothers of color in Brownsville to a youth-focused community garden and education space in Niagara Falls. For more information on the success of the 2016 Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge and the application process for this year, go to

Application Due: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Webinar: Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge, stories from successful projects, and models and approaches for addressing social determinants of health in neighborhood projects.

Learning Opportunities

  • Connecting the 3 E’s: The Importance of Equity, Enforcement, and Engagement in Advancing City Healthy Housing Efforts
    *New Post* Wednesday, February 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    The next National League of Cities Culture of Health Web Forum Series webinar will present city-level strategies that use municipal codes and ordinances and health resources to create sustainable changes that strengthen equity, engagement, and enforcement strategies. City leaders from across the country, including from Rochester, will share best practices and lessons learned from their initiatives.
  • Heart & Soul Talks: How Listening Can Lead to Change
    *New Post* Thursday, February 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    The Orton Family Foundation will host Heart & Soul Talks: Stories to Action on how storytelling enriches a community and leads to positive change. Three speakers will share how gathering, listening to, and sharing stories strengthens the fabric of a community by bringing people together in conversations about what they love, where they live, and what they’d like to change.
  • New Opportunities for Improving Food within New York City Housing Authority Communities
    *New Post* Thursday, February 23, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10027
    The City University of New York’s Urban Food Policy Forum is hosting a meeting to discuss current, past, and proposed food initiatives focused on engaging residents at New York City Housing Authority developments.
  • County Health Rankings 2017: Measures and New Features
    *New Post* Tuesday, March 7, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps will host a webinar on the 2017 Rankings release. Participants will learn about new measures, changes to existing measures, and new website features.
  • The Right to Walk
    *New Post* Wednesday, March 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    America Walks presents a new webinar on addressing the challenges to walking and physical activity. Participants will learn tips on how communities are overcoming challenges to making sure members have the ability to be physically active and addressing disparities in communities across the United States.
  • Strengthening Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Community Health: Local Lessons and Future Directions
    *New Post* Friday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    NYU Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 10thFloor, New York, New York, 10012
    The New York University College of Global Public Health will host a community health forum to provide an opportunity for cross-sector community health partnerships to share insights and develop an action-oriented vision to achieve better outcomes.

Funding Opportunities


  • NYSHealth 2017 Special Projects Fund
    Online Inquiry Form Due: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
    The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) will provide funding in the $50,000-$400,000 range for projects that have an impact on New Yorkers at local, regional, or statewide levels. The Special Projects Fund supports projects that fit NYSHealth’s mission, but are outside its main priority and focus areas of building healthy communities, empowering healthcare consumers, and veterans’ health.


  • Coordinating Efforts to Enhance Hospitals’ Role in Population Health
    Application Due: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking proposals from organizations to serve in the role of a coordinating office to enhance hospitals’ role in population health. The coordinating office is expected to embrace a collaborative learning approach that will help link grantees to one another and amplify what grantees and other organizations are accomplishing and learning about U.S. health systems.
  • Grants Available to Support the Local Food Sector
    Application Due: Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. USDA will distribute the funds through three programs: Farmers Market Promotion Program, Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program to help support local and regional food stakeholders.
  • 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

  • Balancing Act: Tricky Times for Community Foundations in the Age of Trump
    This article examines the balancing act that community foundations are confronting under the new federal administration. While some community foundations are proceeding cautiously on political and controversial issues, others like the New York Community Trust (NYCT) are responding to what’s happening in their communities.
  • Food Policy as a Tool for Improving the Well-Being of New York City’s Public Housing Residents
    The City University of New York’s Urban Food Policy Institute recently released a policy brief on the food that New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents buy, prepare, and eat and the role food plays in the health, environment, and economy of the city’s NYCHA population.
  • Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks
    The Federal Highway Administration released a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities. The guide applies existing national design guidelines in a rural setting, and highlights small town and rural case studies. It addresses challenges specific to rural areas and focuses on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite geographic and fiscal barriers.
  • Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective Impact
    Nonprofit Quarterly released an article on a new way of engaging communities that leads to transformative changes in power, equity, and justice. The article details the newly developed Collaborating for Equity and Justice principles that facilitate successful cross-sector collaboration for social change in a way that explicitly lifts up equity and justice for all and creates measurable change. The six principles are linked to web-based tools for collaborative equity efforts, and are based on the belief that no single model or methodology can thoroughly address inequity and injustice.
  • Placemaking for Peacemaking
    Project for Public Spaces released a blog on ways to use placemaking to foster inclusive public spaces and as a strategy to promote peacemaking in communities facing instability. The blog addresses the two-way benefits of placemaking for peacemaking. The placemaking process affords peacemaking efforts a physical space in which to enhance dialogue between different people.


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