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By: Risa Wilkerson | March 4th, 2021

Social isolation is not a personal choice or individual problem, but one that is rooted in community design, social norms, and systemic injustices. We must reshape our communities in ways that support meaningful social connection among residents, improve trust between neighbors, and strengthen an overall sense of belonging and community. Find resources and action steps you can take here.

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5.3.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Linda Bryant- Project EATS

With the help of New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, Project EATS is creating opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn while growing organic produce.

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4.26.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Leah Russell – Syracuse Peacemaking Project, Center for Court Innovation

Learn how the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, improved access to healthy food in Syracuse, New York.

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4.19.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Arlen Zamula and Caitlin Falvey – Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, organizations in East Harlem were able to get funded during the pandemic. Read more in this blog.

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4.12.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Mandy Snay – Clinton County Health Department

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, this health department in Clinton County, New York invested in partners throughout the county. As a result community residents became advocates making an impact.

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4.5.22

Three Ways Public Libraries Support Socially Connected Communities

You may be surprised to learn that libraries—and librarians—play an expansive role in building community and supporting health that goes well beyond their well-earned reputation for providing access to information. Read our latest blog from guest author, Noah Lenstra, for more.

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4.5.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Jennifer Vallone & Michele Rodriguez – University Settlement

In our latest blog, we highlight another one of six community conveners working with the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative across the state of New York. Find out how these conveners worked to create a community more educated about healthy eating.

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3.29.22

Increasing Social Connectedness in Rural Settings

As part of an ongoing virtual learning network series, we recently hosted a conversation with local leaders to discuss rural strategies for social connections. On this particular call, people working in rural areas across many different communities discussed how they address rural isolation and shared ideas to create more connectedness.

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3.29.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Brian Archie – Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative

Check out our latest blog featuring one of six community conveners across the state of New York. Learn the story of how this community came together to create healthy opportunities for its residents.

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3.23.22

The Power of Narrative: Bringing People Together to Advance Equity with Jonathan Heller

As our nation continues to face multiple existential threats – including the pandemic, systemic racism, and civil unrest – we have seen people become divided. In these times when we need to harness cooperative action to solve big issues, what can we do to overcome current polarization?

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3.9.22

Facilitating a Learning Network with Humans

The last two years have been all about “pivoting.” And now we should use this time for “pausing.” Let’s assess what we’re asking of each other before we rush to get back out in the community. How are you bringing more humanity into your work, and not just checking boxes?

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2.28.22

Investing in Health: A Conversation with Chadwick Roberson

You may not know – our full team includes an amazing advisory board! They provide counsel, support, and diverse perspectives to help us think creatively. In our latest blog, hear from our newest board member, Chadwick Roberson, about his experiences and connection to our mission—about how and why he invests in health.

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1.26.22

Introducing: Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities

In 2021, the New York State Health Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative grant program came to its official end, but not without leaving an important imprint on six conveners and their communities. Over the coming weeks, we will feature these local leaders on our blog.

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