As New York State engages in strategic plans to boost the economy, there are multiple opportunities to also address the consideration of health in those plans. Improving the health of communities can also improve the economic vitality. This topic identifies opportunities to engage non-traditional partners in the benefits of good health to economic development initiatives.
Regional Food Distribution Centers: Linking Communities to Healthy Foods and Economic Development
This brief, produced by DASH-NY, discusses the role that regional distribution centers can play in improving the health of communities. Regional distribution centers present the opportunity to improve access to healthier food, and can also contribute to economic development through job opportunities and expanding consumer markets.
Health and Economic Development: A Resource for the New York Regional Economic Development Council Meetings
The Regional Economic Development Councils were created by Governor Cuomo to engage multiple sectors in the economic development plans for NYS. The Councils a community-based, bottom up approach to creating strategic plans for economic development and applying for funding opportunities with state agencies. This resource was produced by the New York Academy of Medicine for working with the Councils.
Investing in Health: Designing a Strong and Healthy New York through the Regional Economic Development Councils
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The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), with support from the Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY) Economic and Community Development Workgroup, identified opportunities for New York State’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) to impact the health of New Yorkers. Increased funding of initiatives that create access to healthy food and physical activity can prevent obesity and related chronic illnesses and lower health care costs.
Opportunities for Expanding Joint Use in New York City-2010
Multiple studies have shown that offering people access to recreational spaces and opportunities to buy fresh fruits and vegetables is important for fighting obesity, but in low-income areas and densely-built urban environments, such opportunities are not always easy to find. One strategy for ensuring broader access to existing physical spaces is the concept of joint use, defined as the sharing of a single space by two separate entities. A joint use agreement can, for example, facilitate community access to an otherwise locked schoolyard by allowing the school to share with another public or private agency the costs and risks associated with opening the property after-hours. Typically, each party under a joint use agreement helps fund the operation and maintenance of the facilities that will be shared. Nationally, facilitating community access to school recreation areas is one of the most common applications of joint use. In New York City, however, many schools lack their own recreation space. This context therefore presents two alternative implementations of the joint use concept. First, joint use can be used to enable schools to access a public or private recreation space that might be available, such as a city-funded park or senior center, or a YMCA gymnasium. Secondly, joint use can be used to obtain access to the grounds of an alternative City institution prevalent in low-income areas, the recreational spaces and community centers maintained by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). This paper discusses both of these scenarios, as well as the more traditionally understood joint use. We provide an overview of some of the current avenues for implementing joint use in New York City and identify opportunities for expanding these opportunities.
Using Planning and Zoning in New York State to Promote Healthy Living Webinar
The first in a two part series on planning and zoning on the local level, part 1 focuses on comprehensive planning and planning and zoning laws and practices with a special focus on how to improve health in the state of New York. Lael Locke and Judith Breselor of the New York Planning Federation will discuss the best opportunities for change on the local level, and what channels must be tapped to make change, and will help participants identify who in their community should be brought into the process. PDF of PowerPoint
Part 2 of the Planning and Zoning for Health webinar series looks at the multiple synergies that can be accomplished through local planning and zoning strategies. Jessie Hersher of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Buffalo and Justin Booth of Green Options Buffalo will share evidence connecting planning and zoning efforts to improve health and economic outcomes, and successful efforts in other communities and will discuss national best practices.
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Educating Decision Makers: Local Strategies to Sustain Prevention Projects in Public Health Webinar
A webinar about cultivating relationships with policymakers to sustain support for local prevention programs and the federal policy context for such programs. Webinar presenters will share strategies for educating elected officials that are appropriate and legal for non-profits and provide guidelines and key definitions for non-profits around lobbying and advocacy.
New York State Healthy Places Training Program Webinar
As a part of DASH-NY, Project for Public worked with The New York Academy of Medicine to deliver the New York State Healthy Places Training Program in six locations around New York: Syracuse, Batavia, Saranac Lake, Farmingdale, Albany, and Brooklyn The Healthy Places Training Program presents a holistic approach to improving health by planning active transportation systems that connect to key destinations, including healthy food hubs that eliminate food deserts and support local business. The training program will work with local, regional, and state public health officials, along with other key stakeholders, to understand and implement policies and programs that simultaneously encourage physical activity and healthy eating — while also revitalizing the streets, parks, and gathering spaces within their communities.
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Designing a Strong and Healthy NY through the REDCs: A Case Study of Capital District Community Gardens (Part 1 of 2) Webinar
The CDCG Urban Grow Center is a multiphase project that will enable CDCG to increase its distribution of locally grown foods to inner city neighborhoods .In this webinar Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG), who won an REDC award in 2013 for its Urban Grow Center, shared how these awards can link health and economic development and enable CDCG to increase its distribution of locally grown foods to inner city neighborhoods, innovate green technologies, and enhance economic development through job training programs to adults as well as under privileged youth.
REDCs: How they work and how to get involved! Learn more about Funding Opportunities through the REDC Process (Part 2 of 2) Webinar
For the second part of our 2-part REDC webinar, Brendan Hughes from Empire State Development (ESD) shared what REDCs are, how to get involved in the REDC process in your region, and how to apply for the next round of funding.