slide_poolpThe Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY) Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition and Policy Center was launched in April 2010. DASH-NY is staffed by The New York Academy of Medicine, located in East Harlem in New York City. The work of DASH-NY focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes that will lead to equitable community environments where healthy eating, active living, well-being, and access to preventive healthcare services are a reality for all New Yorkers.

DASH-NY brings together partners from multiple sectors, including transportation, agriculture, economic development, planning, education, academia, healthcare, and more, to develop sustainable, cross-cutting strategies to prevent chronic disease and promote well-being across New York State.

Our Vision for a Strong and Healthy New York:

  • Our communities encourage daily physical activity through active design and active communities
  • New York State’s food system brings healthy food to all our neighborhoods
  • Our health care system prevents illness, and services are conveniently available in our communities
  • Public and private investments prioritize health improvement

DASH-NY Staff Members

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
NYAM President
Angel Mendoza, MD
Health Policy Director
Kimberley Libman, PhD
Deputy Director, Prevention

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Rebecca Abraham, MPH
Policy Associate
Chideraa Ukeje, BA
Policy Associate  
Elisa Fisher, MPH, MSW
Senior Policy Associate


Kerry Griffin, MPA
Deputy Director, Population Health and Reform
Joanne De Simone Eichel, MA
Director of The New York Academy of Medicine Office of School Health Programs
Shuaneequa Owusu, MS
Director for Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement