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. 

October 17, 2017

Healthy Neighborhoods Roundup #63

Learning Network Highlights

Resident-led Friendraiser a Success in Niagara Falls

Instead of a fundraiser, residents in Niagara Falls led a “friend”raising event last month. The inaugural Walk the Falls event drew over 200 participants who walked through historical sites in the community and gathered at Whirlpool State Park to share a healthy meal and build a sense of community. The event achieved the goal of engaging more community members in the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative. The Collaborative is led by residents who are committed to creating meaningful change across their communities. Evelyn Harris, a long-time Niagara Falls resident and one of four co-chairs of the Collaborative, says “the Collaborative is creating change the only way it can occur: from the ground up. And residents need to become part of the change.” The Collaborative leads the Niagara Falls Healthy Neighborhoods initiative supported by the New York State Health Foundation. With more residents involved now, Collaborative leaders believe they can accelerate efforts to improve access to healthy foods and active spaces in their communities. (Photo Credit: James Neiss, Staff Photographer, Niagara Gazette)

ioby Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge Report

The recently released Creating a Culture of Health Through Resident Leadership Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge report exhibits the partnership between ioby and the New York State Health Foundation in support of their Building Healthy Communities program. Over 40 neighborhood projects led by more than 120 resident leaders in BrownsvilleEast HarlemClaremont/MorrisaniaHunts PointMott Haven,Niagara Falls, and Clinton County promoted community health and wellness and strengthened leaders taking an active role to create a culture of health in their neighborhoods. Learn more about these Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge projects, including funds raised, outcomes, and case studies.

Learning Opportunities

  • Walking Towards Justice – The Color of Law
    *New Post* Previously Recorded 
    AmericaWalks hosted the first webinar in its quarterly social-equity inspired online discussion series. This webinar explored the intersection of walkability and residential segregation.
  • Tools to Measure Neighborhood-Level Health & Well-Being
    Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Network Commons is hosting this discussion with four national metrics experts spanning community development, public health, and healthcare who will share their efforts to develop innovative cross-sector tools to measure neighborhood-level health and well-being.
  • Improving Health through Equitable Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships
    Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Join County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and guests from PolicyLink and the Bronx-based federally qualified health center, Urban Health Plan, as they discuss equitable economic development as a strategy to improve health.
  • Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input
    Thursday, October 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Join the Orton Family Foundation to hear from three planners on how community engagement led to meaningful comprehensive plans that align vision and actions based on what matters most to residents.
  • #Community Food: Returns to Roots
    *New Post* Thursday, November 2, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
    The National Good Food Network will host a webinar on organizations that are grounded in food sovereignty and preservation of cultural heritage, and that focus on achieving affordable access to healthy, culturally appropriate, and sustainably produced food.
  • A Community’s Journey to Living Wage
    *New Post* Tuesday, November 7, 3:00 p.m.
    Learn how the Living Wage Monadnock Coalition is successfully engaging business, education, health, and non-profit partners to improve health through economic development and a living wage. In this session hosted by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, attendees will learn about the Coalition’s Living Wage Calculator, a tool to review and determine cost elements in developing a living wage program.
  • Food Policy in New York City Since 2007: Lessons for the Next Decade
    *New Post* Thursday, November 9, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 
    CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55W 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York
    Hear from New York City food policy makers on how food policy governance works in New York City and what has changed in the last decade. The goal will be to identify strategies that can strengthen food governance and advance food equity in New York.
  • Cultural Organizing for Community Change
    Sunday, November 19, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    This workshop includes a cultural organizing framework, hands-on skill building workshops, networking and resource sharing. Join fellow organizers, artists, media makers, and policy makers to learn effective ways to deepen your work and engage your creativity in organizing for community change.

Funding Opportunities


  • Healthy Aging in Parks Grant Opportunities
    Application Due: Monday, November 6, 2017
    The National Recreation and Park Association, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is offering local park and recreation agencies Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. These funds can be used to train staff as instructors in one or more of these programs: Walk with Ease, Active Living Every Day, and Fit & Strong!
  • 2017 Community Change Micro Grants
    Application Due: Friday, November 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. 
    America Walks will award up to $1,500 to fund or help catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community residents.


  • 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.
  • Local Foods, Local Places
    Application Due: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m. 
    Communities are invited to apply for a new round of planning assistance from Local Foods, Local Places. The technical assistance is aimed at helping communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods.
  • Healthy Places for Healthy People
    Application Due: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
    The Environmental Protection Agency will provide selected communities with planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop to help community members develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. While this support is not a grant, it provides communities with targeted technical assistance.
  • 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

  • Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitation Guide
    The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Food System Racial Equity Assessment tool was designed to evaluate how programs, policies, and plans impact racial equity goals from the perspectives of people, place, process, and power.
  • Public Narrative Toolkit
    ReThink Health has created a Public Narrative Toolkit to harness the power of storytelling to motivate others to join in action. This resource includes short videos, worksheets, meeting agendas, and coaching tips aimed to help leaders strengthen their storytelling capability and craft a Story of Self, Us, and Now.
  • Healthy Development Without Displacement
    The Prevention Institute released a report to explore opportunities and strategies to address the tension between healthy community work and displacement with a particular lens on people working outside the housing sector. Learn about organizations, researchers, and communities leading this work, as well as key publications that dive deeper into these issues.
  • Place-Based Design and Civic Health
    Original research findings from the Center for Active Design’s Assembly Civic Engagement Survey are outlined in this feature from the National Recreation and Park Association’s monthly magazine. The survey examined specific community design features that influence civic life. Survey data revealed respondents’ civic perceptions and behaviors, design elements, and maintenance conditions within communities.
  • Where Can Regions Find the Money Needed for Population Health Initiatives?
    ReThink Health’s sustainable financing team developed a new tool called Revenue Typology for Population Health Initiatives. The typology describes the funding sources and the process by which money is acquired. The team hopes this tool will empower regional leaders to get more familiar with the distinctions between mechanisms and sources of financing and then begin to determine the best opportunities for financing efforts to improve population health.


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