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 was selected in 2015 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 City of Syracuse Parks Department, Peacemaking Center, Syracuse Housing Authority and Missio Church.

11882839_10153434101562368_6885324094100661297_o The partnership works with community residents to marshal resources around improving nutrition and increasing physical activity. Further work has led to a focus on community safety, resident engagement and empowerment, and provider coordination and collaboration–all under the umbrella of the Take Back the Streets campaign.

In March and April of 2017, the Peacemaking Center in collaboration with the Lerner Center held a 4-day resident leadership training, facilitated by the Community Health Worker Network of NYC.  Ten neighborhood residents attended the training, and are paving the way for the creation of the Community Impact Team.

Attendees at the 2017 Resident Training
Attendees at the 2017 Resident Training

In 2017, the Lerner Center worked with its partners to transfer the facilitation to neighborhood organizations, in order to carry forward the work of the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative. The Peacemaking Center and Missio Church will now lead the next three years of this initiative through 2020, with continued funding from the New York State Health Foundation.

Additional Information

One Year Later: Trust in the Near Westside via

Healthy Neighborhoods Interim Evaluation Report

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