Health Department Releases Update On Take Care New York 2020, The City’s Health Blueprint

As part of TCNY 2020, New Yorkers identified their top health concerns: obesity, air quality, unmet mental health needs, lack of physical activity and smoking

Communities are now engaged in ongoing planning efforts to address these concerns

Eight organizations have been awarded grants to work with community stakeholders on initiatives that address local health priorities

December 21, 2016 – The Health Department today published its first annual update on Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY 2020), the City’s comprehensive blueprint for helping all New Yorkers achieve a healthier life. The report details priorities identified by more than 1,000 New Yorkers who ranked their health concerns during community consultations in 28 neighborhoods and through online voting. Participants citywide ranked the following concerns as their top five health priorities: (1) obesity, (2) air quality, (3) unmet mental health needs, (4) lack of physical activity and (5) smoking. Health priorities of each borough and results from each neighborhood consultation can be found online at

The report also highlights the work Take Care New York 2020 is facilitating at the community level to reduce health inequities. In August, the agency awarded grants to eight nonprofit organizations under the Neighborhood Health Initiative to work with community stakeholders on local action plans to address a top health priority. In addition, partners across the city are working together with the Health Department to advance TCNY 2020 goals in areas such as supporting breastfeeding, reducing asthma triggers in the home, increasing access to healthy foods and increasing access to quality health care.

“We can achieve TCNY 2020 goals if we capitalize on resources at the local level and continue to engage community stakeholders and partners,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Our partners have a central role in advancing health equity, and by working together, we are creating meaningful and lasting improvement in the health of our communities. This first annual report highlights exciting work that our partners are doing and demonstrates that everyone has a role to play in supporting the health of our city.”

“Take Care New York 2020 is unique in that it explicitly prioritizes health equity, places communities at the center of planning efforts and expands our understanding of neighborhood health,” said First Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “This first annual update to TCNY 2020 demonstrates that the Health Department must engage with residents and partners to achieve better health across New York City’s neighborhoods.”

“The goals outlined in Take Care New York 2020 are part and parcel of NYC Health + Hospitals’ transformation plan,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Interim President and CEO Stan Brezenoff.  “Partnering with the Health Department and community organizations, we are working to ensure neighborhood health and wellness priorities established in TCNY 2020 are reflected in our transformation goals.”

NYC Community Consultation Top Priorities by Borough

Between October 2015 and March 2016, more than 1,000 New Yorkers ranked neighborhood health priorities as part of community consultations in 28 neighborhoods across the city and through an online voting system. Priorities differed by borough and by neighborhood. 

TCNY Report
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Neighborhood Health Initiative

Following up on the community consultations, the Health Department contracted with eight non-profit organizations, or “Planning Partners,” to facilitate a community health improvement planning process in targeted neighborhoods with poor health outcomes. Each planning partner convened community stakeholders between July and December to identify a top neighborhood priority, select a set of interventions to address their priority and develop an implementation plan.  The priorities the neighborhoods selected are:

TCNY Report

* Graphic available upon request

The Neighborhood Health Initiative is sponsored by the NYC Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) through a grant from New York State Department of Health. The NYC PHIP brings together health care and public health stakeholders to support the local implementation and alignment of health reform and public health initiatives.


This First Annual Report highlights partnerships that are contributing to goals articulated in TCNY 2020:

  • In order to Promote Healthy Childhoods, the NYC Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative seeks to increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers in NYC, which provide evidence-based care to support optimal infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.
  • In order to Create Healthier Neighborhoods, the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) is partnering with the Health Department’s Healthy Homes Program to implement low-cost, green and healthy interventions in housing, including Integrated Pest Management, to reduce asthma triggers in the home.
  • In order to Support Healthy Living, Urban Health Plan is partnering with the Health Department to implement the Shop Healthy NYC program, which works with grocery stores and bodegas to increase access to healthier food options and to educate community residents about healthy eating.
  • In order to Increase Access to Quality Care, the Health Department partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, community partners, and other City agencies to develop ActionHealthNYC, a citywide health care program for low-income New Yorkers who are not eligible for health insurance because of their immigration status.

These four examples are just a small fraction of the work that is advancing TCNY 2020 goals, and the many partners across New York City that are working to improve the health of our communities.

“The New York Academy of Medicine is pleased to partner with the Health Department in this visionary initiative that targets the broad range of factors that impact health through community-based activities. We are delighted to have such a strong partner in New York City’s Health Commissioner, Mary Bassett, MD, as she works to promote health equity to create a city that supports better health for all New Yorkers,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of the New York Academy of Medicine. “Through the New York City Population Health Improvement Program, we support Take Care New York 2020 by raising the voices of people in underserved communities and providing advice and support to participant organizations.”

“The Two Shades of Green partnership with the Health Department’s Healthy Homes Program has given LISC and our affordable housing partners the opportunity to simultaneously address health disparities, reduce energy and water use and maintenance cost and improve the quality of affordable housing,” said Sam Marks, Executive Director of LISC New York City. “This collaboration has brought the housing, energy and health sectors together to improve community health and advance health equity for low income families throughout New York City.”

“Through the Take Care New York 2020 planning grant, Staten Islanders had the opportunity to take ownership of their own health issues and be a part of the solution,” said Adrienne Abbate, Executive Director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. “TCNY 2020 allowed us to work with neighborhood stakeholders to think beyond traditional health issues and identify some of the social conditions that contribute to poor health. We are looking forward to addressing the Stapleton and Park Hill community-chosen priority, violence, with other organizations, businesses and individuals across Staten Island as TCNY 2020 evolves.”

“Since I took office, improving the health and wellness of our community has been one of my top priorities, and we demonstrated our commitment by taking the unprecedented step of bringing a physician, Dr. Ginny Mantello, on staff to serve as our Director of Health and Wellness,” said Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo. “She has been in the forefront of building partnerships to tackle those issues identified in the survey as being the priorities of Staten Islanders.  By working with community organizations and the Health Department, we will continue to address these, as well as other health issues in our borough and help Staten Islanders take charge of their health.”

“I commend the Health Department and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett on the release of this health blueprint for the city.  Through their outreach at the community level, we now have a better picture of the health needs and priorities of New Yorkers.  As chair of the City Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services, I will do all that I can in 2017 to advance the goals of Take Care New York 2020,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen.

About TCNY 2020

Launched in 2015, Take Care New York 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. TCNY 2020 aims to promote healthy childhoods, create healthier neighborhoods, support healthy living, and increase access for quality care.

For more information about Take Care New York 2020, visit



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