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 and will help increase their capacity to lead an effective collaborative health planning process.
During the 5-month grant period, each grantee will convene diverse community members within their area to: (a) make a collective decision about which Take Care New York 2020 objective to address, from a list of objectives previously prioritized by New Yorkers living in their community during phase I of TCNY 2020; and (b) collaboratively plan for action to advance that objective.
Starting next month, community members will assess resources and assets in their neighborhoods that can be leveraged to support a local action plan and identify potential interventions. In the fall, Planning Partners will reconvene community members to choose an intervention to address the health issue they would like address locally. By the end of the year, TCNY Planning Partners and community members will write a local action plan, delineating methods for securing resources and steps for implementation.
“Health starts at home and around the neighborhood, where one learns to practice healthy habits and access medical care from a trusted provider—particularly someone who speaks their language,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Take Care New York 2020 and its partners continue to provide critical health care services to families in their communities, with the awareness of local needs that allow them to focus their priorities on the chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension that oftentimes threaten to undermine our borough’s quality of life. I am proud to support their efforts through support for the many invaluable health centers and other community-based organizations providing these vital services in Brooklyn.”
“Borough Hall has been committed to improving the health of Staten Islanders who want to live healthier lives since I took office,” noted Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “These grants are an essential step to educating the community and activating additional programs to help people live healthier lives. The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness has been a partner of ours on many fronts and I’m confident in their ability to really foster change.”
“I’ve found again and again that some of our best, most effective programs start with neighborhood-based planning and local community organizations,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I look forward to working with the Washington Heights CORNER Project, the Health Department, and all community members to meet the needs of Upper Manhattan’s residents.”
“Community-based organizations are on the front line of community needs,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “They combine cultural competency and connections to their neighborhoods. This funding—which covers all five boroughs—is a key step to meeting the Take Care New York 2020 community health goals.”
“Community based organizations have a unique ability to provide excellent care and create better health outcomes for the communities they serve,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Committee on Health. “Funding these programs is going to make a hugely positive impact on the lives of many New Yorkers. With awardees in all five boroughs, these grants support research, education, and effective healthcare services in ways that will reach people in effective and culturally competent ways. I’m proud of the work that Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and our outstanding Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has done to create healthier communities across our City.”
"As the Bronx continues to lag behind the rest of the state in health outcomes and equity, it is crucial for community organizations to be engaged in the mission to create healthier communities. The Bronx Northwest Community & Clergy Coalition is well-suited to be a TCNY Planning Partner because of its intimate knowledge of the Bronx and its needs. We look forward to their work and outcomes," said Council Member Ritchie Torres.
“I have been committed to making sure we have the healthiest district in the City and am looking forward to working with our latest ally Public Health Solutions. I am also pleased to be a part of a program that addresses the wellbeing of the community by including the residents that live in it” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller. “The Take Care New York 2020 initiative will help to ensure areas of the City that lack adequate facilities and resources to stay healthy by letting the City know what they need, and create a plan that each community can implement. I look forward to seeing the progress and thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett for all they do to help New Yorkers stay healthy.”
“Staten Island has some of the highest rates of smoking, chronic diseases and mortality in the city. With no public hospital in the borough, the need for preventive health initiatives is especially acute. This initiative aims to create a community action plan that will improve the health of Staten Islanders, enlisting the expertise of Project Hospitality and the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “This grant will enable these groups to build on the good work they do in our borough and further improve the health of the Staten Island community.”
"Strengthening our local service providers is paramount in overcoming the health-related challenges we face uptown," said Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez. "The CORNER Project does great work in addiction recovery and prevention, supporting our youth and keeping dangerous materials out of the hands of children. I want to thank Commissioner Basset and her team as well as The Fund for Public Health in New York, for recognizing the power of smaller scale service providers in making a real difference in our neighborhoods across the city, and especially Washington Heights."
“As our population grows, particularly the number of seniors in New York City, we must remain cognizant of the need to plan ahead and address health concerns,” said Council Member Mark Treyger. “We must be prepared to keep our seniors, children, and hard-working families on the path toward optimum health. With the help of these grants, the TCNY Planning Partners can create a plan of action that engages New Yorkers to best meet the health needs of their communities.”
“The Take Care New York 2020 program will provide resources to help improve health outcomes in the Bronx and eradicate health disparities,” said Council Member Fernando Cabrera. I'm pleased that the Department of Health has provided funds for this purpose and I look forward to the results of the plan's implementation."
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 all New Yorkers.
The TCNY Planning Partner grants are made possible with funding from the Population Health Improvement Program, established by the New York State Department of Health. For more information about Take Care New York 2020, visit nyc.gov/tcny2020. To inquire about participating in the health action planning process in one of the above neighborhoods, contact Vidushi Jain, Community Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com.