Health Department Launches Online Voting For City’s Health Blueprint, Take Care New York 2020

Twenty-eight community consultations were held across the city from October 2015 through March 2016

Online voting will be an additional opportunity for the public to weigh in on local health priorities

TCNY 2020 is the City’s blueprint for giving every New Yorker the chance to live a healthier life

June 17, 2016 – The Health Department today announced the launch of online voting for Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY 2020). TCNY 2020 is the City’s blueprint for giving every New Yorker 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 the City becomes a more equitable place for everyone. This phase is an additional opportunity for community members and stakeholders to weigh in on local health priorities. Those who weren’t able to participate in the Health Department’s nearly 30 Community Consultations can provide their input via an online ranking, available here. To make sure New Yorkers are aware of the new online voting option, the Department has also launched a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Online voting will help the City understand and address the top health priorities in every neighborhood. The responses gathered from online voting will complement the input the agency has received from community consultations and inform local action planning for Phase 2 of the TCNY 2020 Community Engagement. The online voting is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Before voting, participants will view a short video presentation about the TCNY 2020 Priorities. Organizations will also be able to take a separate ranking to tell us the health priorities of the populations they serve.

“We are excited to begin the online voting phase of Take Care New York 2020, an essential component of our blueprint to address health inequities, which are unjust and avoidable,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We are continuing the community-driven process we began last fall by giving every resident and organization the chance to tell us what health issues matter most to them. Together, we will work to ensure that every New Yorker is given the opportunity to live healthier and happier lives.”  

“The online ranking of health indicators by the community is a critical part of TCNY 2020. Every New Yorker has a role to play in identifying which health issues matter most to them and their neighbors,” said First Deputy Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Health Department to work together with people in every corner of this city to ensure a healthier future. I urge every New Yorker to lend their voice in making their communities stronger.”      

“We depend on health care professionals not only to check our pulse and measure our height and weight, but also to listen to our voice and understand our priorities,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Oftentimes the people in a community are aware of public health issues before the problem appears in the official data, and their perspectives are critical to providing the resources needed to keep Brooklyn families healthy. I encourage everyone to complete this ranking and share their knowledge for the benefit of their family and community.”

“Community input is a crucial part of getting policymaking right,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I urge all New Yorkers who can to take a few moments for this online voting, so the Health Department has that much more information to help us build healthier neighborhoods.”

TCNY 2020 calls for collaboration between the health system and community partners. The input that was received at 28 community consultations, held from October 2015 through March 2016, reinforced the idea that each neighborhood is unique and has its own health priorities.

Unlike previous versions of Take Care New York, TCNY 2020 looks at traditional health factors as well as social factors, such as how many people in a community graduated from high school or are incarcerated.

The Health Department is committed to reaching the health and equity targets outlined in the TCNY 2020 document and will support organizations and community members as they think about the best strategies for achieving local health objectives. The Department will also continue to engage sister agencies, local elected officials, and other organizations to advance citywide health goals.

For more information about Take Care New York 2020, visit



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