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Policy in Action

Better Public Policy for Better Health

NYAM's Health Policy team works to improve public health by bringing together researchers, policymakers, community members, and key stakeholders to develop evidence-based solutions to the root causes of poor health outcomes. NYAM develops and supports policies and programs that promote healthy aging, prevent chronic disease and promote health, and reduce health disparities in New York City and across New York State. Much of our policy work focuses on aligning the actions of communities, government, and leaders from multiple sectors to transform the places where we live, work, and play into environments that promote health.

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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

After the Fall: Preventing Catastrophe
In a New York Times letter to the editor, NYAM President Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford responds to recent Times coverage of falls among older adults and emphasizes the importance of making cities safer for older residents through practical solutions.

NYAM Featured Report

At a time when clinics and hospitals are struggling to care for high-need, high-cost patients who require social support and medical care, a new report from The New York Academy of Medicine highlights solutions pioneered by harm reduction programs.

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