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) is the Health Department’s pilot effort to support our community partners in confronting the root causes of health inequity. The initiative seeks to create neighborhood-level change in support of TCNY 2020’s goals. It launched in 2016, when we selected eight nonprofit organizations working in under-resourced neighborhoods to bring community members together and identify avenues toward better community health.

Planning for Better Community Health

NHI Partners each received funds in 2016 to:

  • Convene community members to review health data and select a health improvement objective for the neighborhood.
  • Research local assets, resources and opportunities for change.
  • Convene community members to select a local strategy for change.

The partners are now working to mobilize community resources and stakeholders to enact their neighborhoods’ strategies for change.

Building Capacity

We offer ongoing opportunities for our partners to build their capacity as agents of change in the community. We also support them in advancing health equity goals through local programs, policies and initiatives. We guided the NHI partners throughout the 2016 planning process by offering information, tools and training on relevant skills. Those skills include communicating data, facilitating group discussion and mapping assets.

In 2017, the Health Department collaborated with the New York Academy of Medicine and other experts to offer guidance and training to the NHI partners on:

  • Program research and evaluation
  • Promoting healthy policies
  • Creating healthy environments
  • Anti-racist institutional change
  • Fundraising

The Health Department also helps the NHI partners connect with key stakeholders and engages them in peer learning activities.

Creating Change

The NHI partners and their communities’ health improvement strategies are described below.

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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.