TCNY Neighborhood Health Initiative

The Health Department supports a range of cross-sector efforts to advance Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY 2020), the city’s health equity agenda. The Neighborhood Health Initiative (NHI), is a pilot collaboration with the nonprofit sector to support community action for health and equity. It launched in 2016, when we selected eight nonprofit organizations working in under-resourced neighborhoods to bring community members together and identify avenues toward better community health.

Planning for Better Community Health

The eight organizations selected as NHI Partners each received funds in 2016 to facilitate a participatory health planning process within their community. The planning process included:

  • Convening community members to review health data and select a health improvement objective for the neighborhood
  • Researching local assets, resources, and opportunities for change
  • Convening community members to select a local strategy for change that the community can collectively advance

During 2017, the partners are working to mobilize community resources and stakeholders to enact their neighborhoods’ strategies for change.

Building Capacity

We offer ongoing opportunities for our partners to build their capacity as agents of change in the community, who can advance health equity goals by influencing local policies, systems, and conditions. We worked with Hester Street Collaborative to support the NHI partners throughout the 2016 planning process by offering information, tools, and training on relevant skills such as communicating data, facilitating group discussion, and mapping assets.

The Health Department continues to support the NHI partners in 2017 as they mobilize stakeholders and resources to bring their communities’ health improvement strategies to life. Specifically, the Health Department is collaborating with the New York Academy of Medicine and other experts to offer guidance and training to the NHI partners on planning for evaluation, promoting healthy policies, creating healthy environments, and fundraising. The Health Department will also help the NHI partners connect with key stakeholders and engage in peer learning activities.

Creating Change

The NHI partners and their communities’ health improvement strategies are described below. Email takecarenewyork@health.nyc.gov to learn how to get involved.

NeighborhoodPartner DescriptionHealth objectiveStrategy for change
Fordham Heights, Bronx Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition works to unite diverse people and institutions to work for economic democracy and racial justice through intergenerational community organizing. Reduce violence Promote inclusive workforce pipelines and polices to promote employment of poor people of color, especially youth
Washington Heights / Inwood, Manhattan Washington Heights CORNER Project provides low barrier harm reduction services, health care, support service referrals, training and employment opportunities to individuals that face addiction, mental health and homelessness. Improve housing quality Support the development of tenant associations and their role in promoting tenants’ rights
Jamaica, Queens Public Health Solutions 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. Reduce unmet medical need Develop community health worker initiative and target outreach to immigrant communities
Far Rockaway, Queens Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is dedicated to empowering residents of underserved communities in the Rockaways to play a role in the determination of their neighborhoods. Reduce unmet mental health need Awareness campaign to normalize mental health care via communications, events, resource guide
Sunset Park, Brooklyn NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers Sunset Park works to improve the health of underserved communities by delivering high-quality, culturally-competent health care and human services. Increase physical activity Expand "Shape Up NYC" exercise programming in Sunset Park
Coney Island, Brooklyn Jewish Community Center of Greater Coney Island 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. Reduce obesity Introduce "Shape Up NYC" exercise program to Coney Island
Mariners Harbor / Port Richmond, Staten Island Project Hospitality reaches out to community members who are hungry, homeless or otherwise in need in order to work with them to achieve their self-sufficiency. Reduce violence Establish programs for youth and young adults focused on violence prevention, mediation, and wellness
Stapleton / Park Hill, Staten Island Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness works to improve the health of the Staten Island community through collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach. Reduce violence Collaborate with JobsFirst NYC’s young adult workforce partnership to provide academic and occupational support to young people in Stapleton


The Neighborhood Health Initiative receives funding from the New York State Department of Health through the Population Health Improvement Program.