TCNY 2020 (PDF) is the City’s blueprint for giving everyone the chance to live a healthier life. Its goal is twofold — to improve every community’s health, and to make greater strides in groups with the worst health outcomes, so that our city becomes a more equitable place for everyone. Unlike previous Take Care New York plans, TCNY 2020 looks at traditional health factors as well as social factors, like how many people in a community graduated from high school or go to jail.
To begin building momentum toward TCNY 2020 goals, the Health Department held dozens of Community Consultations across the city during fall and winter of 2015-2016. At these public events, we asked community members to share what issues they see as most urgent in their neighborhoods. Visit our Community Consultations Prioritization Results page to see the top priorities listed by community members that attended each event. In the summer of 2016, we also offered an opportunity for New Yorkers who weren’t able to attend a consultation to offer their input online. Through this process, we heard from more than 1,000 New Yorkers about TCNY 2020 goals and local priorities for change.
During the second half of 2016, the Health Department is supporting community organizations in eight underserved neighborhoods as they convene local stakeholders to plan for action. With Population Health Improvement Program funding from the New York State Department of Health, these organizations will bring community members together to assess priorities for change and identify strategies for creating healthier neighborhoods.
We encourage all community members and stakeholders to participate in the health planning processes happening in their communities. Please reach out to the TCNY Planning Partners listed below to find out how to get involved.
Our TCNY Planning Partners are:
The Bronx Northwest Community and Clergy Coalition (leading health planning for the Fordham neighborhood in the Bronx), which works to unite diverse people and institutions to work for economic democracy and racial justice through intergenerational community organizing.
The Washington Heights CORNER Project (leading health planning for the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan), which provides low barrier harm reduction services, health care, support service referrals, training and employment opportunities to individuals that face addiction, mental health and homelessness.
Public Health Solutions (leading health planning for the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens), which implements innovative, cost effective, and population based community health programs, conducts research on public health issues, and provides services to other nonprofit organizations to address public health challenges.
The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (leading health planning for the Far Rockaway neighborhood in Queens), which is dedicated to empowering residents of underserved communities in the Rockaways to play a role in the determination of their neighborhoods.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Coney Island (leading health planning for the Coney Island neighborhood in Brooklyn), which works to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people of all backgrounds, stabilize neighborhoods in south Brooklyn community and throughout the city, and empower low-income New Yorkers to maximize their potential.
Project Hospitality (leading health planning for the Mariners Harbor/Port Richmond neighborhood in Staten Island), which reaches out to community members who are hungry, homeless or otherwise in need in order to work with them to achieve their self-sufficiency.
Additionally, the Hester Street Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that works to empower residents of underserved communities by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have a direct impact on shaping their built environment, has been hired to provide technical assistance to the eight TCNY Planning Partners. Hester Street Collaborative will help the TCNY Planning Partners build their capacity to mobilize the community for health and create healthier neighborhoods.