Building Healthy Communities
Where we live affects our health in multiple and complex ways. In neighborhoods with easy access to nutritious, affordable food; safe and walkable streets; and active playgrounds and public spaces, residents are more likely to have good health outcomes. Residents of neighborhoods without these essentials are more likely to be burdened with high rates of obesity, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses.
A key priority for the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is supporting communities so that New Yorkers of all ages are eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.
To help tackle some of the underlying problems that affect the health of communities, NYSHealth is focused on strategies to improve health in New York neighborhoods by supporting neighborhood-level and policy interventions to increase residents’ access to healthy, affordable food options and opportunities for physical activity.
NYSHealth funds projects in six communities across the State in their efforts to (1) increase access to healthy, affordable food and (2) improve access to safe places where residents can exercise and be active:
- Clinton County
- Brownsville, Brooklyn
- East Harlem
- Near Westside, Syracuse
- North End, Niagara Falls
Two Bridges, Lower East Side
Measuring Our Impact
We are currently developing program indicators to help us to track the Foundation’s and our grantees’ progress in our work to build healthy communities. The social indicators are also under development and will help us to understand and track the context of our work, and help us keep the bigger picture in mind when we consider new grant proposals.View Program Impact View Social Impact