Building Healthy Communities

Green Thumb Harvest Fair
Photo by NYC Parks

A community's health isn't limited to access to medical care. Physical and mental health are critical elements for improving social wellbeing. Vibrant public spaces are essential community resources where people come together to play, learn, grow food, exercise and relax.

Yet many higher-poverty neighborhoods have historically been neglected from public investment in open spaces and playgrounds. These same communities often report high rates of crime and equally high rates of obesity and diabetes.

Building Healthy Communities will work with local, public and private partners to address those inequities and improve community health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods across all five boroughs by improving opportunities for physical activity; increasing access to nutritious and affordable food; and promoting public safety

Watch Gabrielle Fialkoff, senior advisor to Mayor de Blasio and director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, as well as the Illumination Fund's Laurie Tisch and Unilever's Alfie Vivian – two of Building Healthy Communities’ private funders – discuss the initiative on PBS MetroFocus: