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. 

November 14, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #65

Learning Network Highlights

Brownsville Hope Summit 2017

The Brownsville Partnership (BP) hosted its annual Hope Summit in Brooklyn over the last two weekends in October. Residents participated in activities to help them move collectively from planning to action in order to improve their community. BP organized a workshop to preserve public housing, which included setting improvement goals and creating a set of principles for future work. In addition, the partners hosted Brownsville Fall Rebuilding Day to improve the basketball court and paint a mural of residents in the Langston Hughes Apartments. They also installed solar-powered safety lights along Belmont Avenue, updated the community center, and built a community garden in Seth Low Houses. Residents then celebrated days of hard work with an “after party.”

South Bronx Healthy and Livable Neighborhoods Renewal Grants

In October, The New York Community Trust approved a two-year renewal of its South Bronx Healthy and Livable Neighborhoods grants, which are led by Claremont Neighborhood Centers (Morrisania), BronxWorks (Mott Haven), and Urban Health Plan (Hunts Point). Each partnership will continue to improve food access and activate public spaces through collaboration, community engagement, and enhancing neighborhood environments. Moving forward, the three partnerships will join forces to address healthy bodegas, neighborhood beautification, and policies to bring a greater emphasis on health in the South Bronx.

Learning Opportunities

  • Improving Health through Equitable Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships
    *New Post* Previously Recorded
    During this recorded webinar, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and guests from PolicyLink and the Bronx-based federally qualified health center, Urban Health Plan, discussed equitable economic development as a strategy to improve health.
  • A Closer Look at City-led Efforts to Improve Social Outcomes Through Innovative Financing Approaches
    *New Post* Previously Recorded (registration required)
    Listen to the National League of Cities’ Culture of Health web forum series to learn how cities are using Pay for Success efforts to align shared goals with key stakeholders to improve the environments where people live, learn, work, and play. Registration is required to view the recording.
  • Increasing Healthy Food Access through Grocery Stores and Healthy Corner Stores
    Wednesday, November 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
    Join The Food Trust to hear lessons learned from national experts who have financed grocery store development and other healthy food retail in low-income urban and rural communities. This webinar will also highlight community-based grassroots organizations that have provided technical assistance and resources to small stores to help them sell healthy food.
  • Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities
    Wednesday, November 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    America Walks will host a webinar to explore how jobs, affordable housing, and transportation provide opportunities and support human potential by creating healthy, active, and engaged communities.
  • Building Internal Infrastructure to Advance Health Equity
    *New Post* Wednesday, November 16, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Human Impact Partners will host a webinar on why building infrastructure is key to advancing health equity. A case example will be shared on how New York City is changing internal policies to address racism and structural oppression.
  • Countermarketing Staff Training Program
    Monday, November 20, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
    Golden Harvest Food Pantry, 376 Throop Ave Brooklyn, New York 11221
    Join the City University of New York Urban Food Policy Institute for the Countermarketing Staff Training Program at youth-serving organizations. Attendees will gain a better understanding of advertising and targeted marketing, racial/ethnic analyses of food marketing, and implementation of food countermarketing initiatives that engage youth.
  • Food as Medicine Summit
    *New Post* Thursday, November 30, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Hunter College Silberman Building, 2180 Third Avenue, Main Auditorium (2nd Floor), New York, New York 10035
    This summit will explore food as medicine as a means to address chronic disease. Learn how to incorporate healthy foods into treatment in communities affected by poverty, and examine the benefits of a plant-based diet. Participants will also enjoy cooking demonstrations and food vendors and learn about hospitals and local community-based organizations’ efforts, such as Local Roots NYC.
  • Participatory Budgeting Training
    *New Post* Thursday, November 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Community Resource Exchange, 42 Broadway, New York, New York 10004
    Attend this training to become a participatory budgeting (PB) expert. Participants will increase their understanding of PB and why it’s a best practice for public participation. They will also gain skills to build a detailed plan to launch PB as well as an advocacy plan to gain the support of key community leaders.
  • #CommunityFood: It Takes a Network
    *New Post* Thursday, December 14, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
    The National Good Food Network will host a webinar to explore a variety of local, regional, and national networks that are building capacity in food systems. Participants will also learn about a new Food Systems Leadership Network to support the work of community-based food systems organizations.

Funding Opportunities


  • 2018 Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program
    Application Due: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    Informational Webinar Previously Recorded
    The United States Department of Agriculture has an anticipated $21 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program.


  • Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health
    Rolling Application
    Healthy Neighborhoods grantees and partners can receive up to $2,000 per person from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) for up to two attendees to attend and present at local, state, or national conferences. Provision of this support aligns with NYSHealth’s key priority areas of Building Healthy Communities, Empowering Health Care Consumers, and Veterans’ Health.
  • Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
    Application Due: Monday, December 4, 2017
    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project is soliciting applications for Community Food Projects and Planning Projects with a multisector approach. The goals are to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for food needs, and promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues..

Tools & Resources

  • The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Guide to Food Governance in New York City
    This guide provides an overview and examples of how food policy has been made in New York over the last decade. Learn about different strategies used to shape food policy by government agencies and non-governmental agencies, including participatory budgeting, and citywide and community-based mobilization campaigns.
  • Safe Routes to Healthy Food: Strategies for Local Governments
    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a fact sheet that outlines the role of local governments in improving walkable, bikeable, and transit-accessible access to healthy food. The fact sheet includes examples from cities, towns, and counties and shares policy solutions that will support communities as they connect transportation between neighborhoods and grocery stores.
  • PeoplesHub
    This resource was developed by Sarah van Gelder, founding editor of YES! Magazine, to build effective and supportive community groups, grow skills for making change, and build confidence through classes, workshops, and an online forum. Learn how to work together effectively, resolve problems, and fulfill specific goals.
  • Embracing an Equity Lens in the Organization and Community
    Learn how a social service organization defined and made a commitment to equity internally by bridging it to its broader community work and making it a core of programs for low-income families.
  • This City Found a Way to Get Everyone Involved in Urban Planning
    A pilot program run by the Orton Family Foundation called Community Heart & Soul shifts the emphasis of planning from stakeholders who are typically people with power, influence, and money to everyone. Learn about identifying community networks—formal and informal groups of people who associate with each other—and implementation of communication and engagement opportunities for each network.


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