2011 Annual Report / Welcome

Letter from the President and Chairman

To our Fellows, Colleagues, and Supporters:

We are pleased to provide you with an overview of our work and accomplishments during the past year as part of The New York Academy of Medicine's (NYAM) 2011 Annual Report. This report not only provides a brief glimpse into our activities; it is a statement of our deeply rooted commitment to advancing the health of people in cities in New York, across the nation, and around the globe.

NYAM, along with our wide range of public and private partners, works every day to make New York a healthier city for people of all ages. In 2011, our Age-friendly NYC initiative, a key partnership with the Mayor's Office and City Council to meet the needs of the city's older adults, made strides in several sectors including local business, transportation, libraries, education, and culture. We continued to lead the fight against obesity in New York State through the Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY) obesity prevention policy center, which convened experts and hosted trainings on strategies to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity for all New Yorkers. And we continued to strengthen our ties to New York City public schools through our Junior Fellows, G.I.R.L.S (Getting into Real Life Sciences) and the Health Professions, and H.E.A.L. (Healthy Eating Active Living) programs, which engaged more than 2,800 young people in adopting healthy habits and exploring health careers.

NYAM remains involved in urban health on a national and international level. This year, our staff traveled around the world to share our experiences in making New York City age-friendly; back at home, we hosted an international group of non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives in conjunction with the UN General Assembly meeting to focus on addressing the risk factors of the global epidemics of heart disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, diabetes, and associated obesity that are increasing in urban communities worldwide. We also continued to build partnerships with business and community leaders in our own community of East Harlem, working together to launch Wellness Week and partner in the Second National Conference on Urban Health. Our Journal of Urban Health continues to address urban health issues from both clinical and policy perspectives, filling a neglected niche in medical and health literature.

These and other initiatives of our talented and dedicated staff are made possible through your generous support. We thank you for your commitment to all that we do. Your support affirms our work and heightens our resolve. Together, we will continue to advance the health of all people in cities, now and into the future.