Take Care New York 2020

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.

The 1st Annual Report, published in December 2016, highlights exciting activities that communities and partners are working on together to help achieve TCNY 2020 goals. Although it is still too early to report progress on the data, the examples in this document demonstrate how the Health Department and community partners are promoting the health of New Yorkers and advancing health equity across the City.


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:

  • Northwest Bronx 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 Sunset Park Health Council NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers (leading health planning for the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn), which works to improve the health of underserved communities by delivering high-quality, culturally-competent health care and human services.
  • 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.
  • The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (leading health planning for the Stapleton neighborhood in Staten Island), which works to improve the health of the Staten Island community through collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach.

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.

2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan Report

Every three years, local health departments submit a report to the New York State Department of Health describing community health needs and outlining plans to address two Prevention Priority areas. TCNY 2020 is the core of our 2016-2018 NYC Community Health Assessment and Community Health Plan which was submitted to NYSDOH in December 2016. This version of the Community Health Improvement Plan describes our plans to address hypertension and overdose deaths.

Learn More

  1. Learn about community conditions that affect your physical and mental health by reading your Community Health Profile.
  2. Review the booklet Take Care New York 2020: Every Neighborhood, Every New Yorker, Everyone’s Health Counts (PDF)
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  3. Join the #TCNY2020 conversation online at facebook.com/nychealth and Twitter at @NYCHealthy.
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If you have questions about Take Care New York 2020, please contact takecarenewyork@health.nyc.gov.