TCNY Neighborhood Health Initiative

Differences in neighborhood resources have led to unfair health outcomes in the city, with some New Yorkers living longer, healthier lives than others. In 2015, the NYC Health Department launched Take Care New York (TCNY) 2020, , which outlines how we want to see the city’s health improve by 2020.

The Neighborhood Health Initiative (NHI) was the Health Department’s pilot effort to build authentic shared leadership and trust between local government and community partners in order to confront the root causes of health inequity. The initiative aimed to create community-led, neighborhood-level change in support of TCNY 2020’s goals. From 2016-2018, eight partners from neighborhoods with high health disparities have been funded to convene community members and identify avenues toward better community health.

The NHI partners worked with community members to review health data, select a health priority for their neighborhood and identify a local strategy for change that could be collectively advanced. Subsequently, NHI partners mobilized a variety of local resources and developed cross-sector partnerships to advise and assist in the piloting of the neighborhood health strategy. In 2018, seven of the NHI partners successfully piloted and evaluated key components of their strategies. The NHI Partners, their neighborhood health improvement strategies and their neighborhood-level accomplishments are described below.

Partners’ Progress

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 people who face addiction, mental health issues 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 through communications, events and resource guides.
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 and throughout the city, and empower low-income New Yorkers to maximize their potential. Reduce obesity Expand "Shape Up NYC" exercise programming in 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.

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