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About The Partnership

How it started—and why

  • One in five of New York City’s public school children are obese. Rates are highest in Latino children.
  • Smoking kills more New Yorkers than drugs, homicide and suicide—combined.
  • More than a third of New York’s African-American residents have high blood pressure.
  • In 2008 in New York City, there were more than 1,500 alcohol-related deaths, with around half from alcohol-related injury and violence.

Although progress has been made, these statistics point to a city still struggling with chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The struggle is worsened because these diseases too often affect people in communities that are already facing tough economic challenges, or are home to particular racial or ethnic groups. The communities and neighborhoods in our city are ready to act—and government is helping with the resources they need to do it.

 

Changing Communities with the Partnership for a Healthier New York City

The goal of the Partnership is to significantly reduce chronic disease in New York City—for everyone—by supporting proven, community-level efforts, to change the environments in which people make decisions that impact their health. We are committed to making New York City a healthier place to live, work and play.

The Partnership has four key focus areas:

Community transformation comes from within communities themselves—and by concerned people like you taking action. The Partnership for a Healthier New York City will link community groups through borough coalitions and provide guidance on using methods that work.  When community groups make the commitment to become Partners, they join together to create an environment supportive of healthier living.

As a Partner, you’ll become part of a citywide effort to make New York City a healthier place to live. In our communities, we’ll see changes such as better access to healthier food and beverage choices, reduced underage drinking, and less smoking in homes and on the streets. Together, we’ll see measurable changes—and improved lives.

Note: Health information and statistics from The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, U.S.CDC