Healthy Neighborhood Initiative

The Near Westside of Syracuse is one of six communities selected to participate in the New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) 11895068_10153434101517368_1615594831572584854_oHealthy Neighborhood Funds initiative (

The initiative will provide funding and support for an active collaboration between NYSHealth and the six communities around the state — also including the City of Niagara Falls, Clinton County, East Harlem and the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and Brownsville in Brooklyn — to help the communities become healthier, more active places for residents.

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School has been selected to receive a two-year grant to fund the Near Westside Healthy Neighborhood initiative, a partnership of community agencies led by the Lerner Center and the Near Westside Initiative at Syracuse University, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and Nojaim Brothers Supermarket.  Other partners include Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Fitness Inclusion Network, Worktrain, and the City of Syracuse Parks Department.


The goal of the partnership is to work toward transforming the Near Westside of Syracuse into one of the healthiest communities in New York State.  The partnership will work with community residents to marshal resources around improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.

The initiative builds on investments made in the Near Westside over the past several years.  With support from Syracuse University, the State of New York, the City of Syracuse, private foundations, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and neighborhood residents, the Near Westside Initiative has strengthened the community by fostering economic development, introducing arts, and supporting education while providing rich academic experiences for SU students who help facilitate the programs.  Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield has participated in the effort as well, making an investment in diabetes prevention in the community.  Investments have also been made by St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and Nojaim Brothers Supermarket to better serve the community’s needs.

“This initiative offers an opportunity to build on the resources of the Near Westside, particularly St. Joseph’s Primary Care Center -West and Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, to make a real difference in the health of the community.  We are very happy that NYSHealth Foundation joins us in our work in the Near Westside and are thankful for their investment in our community,” said Rebecca Bostwick, Program Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.


Additional Information

Take Back the Streets Infographic 2016

Take Back the Streets White Paper

The Right Recipe via The Maxwell Perspective

Boosting Health on the Near Westside via

Expanding Healthy Living on the Near Westside via WRVO NPR Radio

New Health Initiatives on the Near Westside via Time Warner Cable News

Local Organizations Team Up to Improve Near Westside Health via The Daily Orange

Bringing Healthy Eating to the Near Westside via NCC News

Nojaim Brothers Supermarket via the Low Income Investment Fund Annual Report