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Policy in Action

Better Public Policy for Better Health

The NYAM Policy team works to improve urban health by advancing sound, effective public policies at every level of government. To achieve our goals we partner with communities and with other organizations. We also aim to inform and engage you, our supporters, to help bring about policy changes that will safeguard all of our health and promote health-friendly cities.

Our Top Policy Priorities

  • Preventing Obesity
  • Promoting Active Aging
  • Advancing the New York State Prevention Agenda
  • Promoting a Paradigm Shift in Drug Policy
  • Connecting Former Prisoners with Health Care Services
  • More about our policy priorities »

Featured Issue Papers and Testimony

Combat Obesity


The DASH-NY campaign aims to help all New Yorkers stay fit and healthy. Join the DASH-NY Action Team!

NYAM in the Media

Getting Better With Age-friendly Programs
Since its launch in 2009, Age-friendly NYC has engaged the City's agencies, non-profit and business communities to better include and serve older adults in such areas as community and civic participation; housing; public spaces and transportation; and health and social services.

NYAM Report - Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective

The New York Academy of Medicine with support from the New York State Heath Foundation released a new report, Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective.

This report identifies opportunities that build on both the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and New York’s ongoing efforts toward improving the health of its 19 million residents.

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