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NYAM has a rich history of involvement in New York City communities through its community-based participatory research to develop interventions that reduce the health disparities within urban populations, its school health education programs, and its policy work. More recently, NYAM has committed to broader and deeper engagement with its neighboring East Harlem community, Central Harlem, and the South Bronx.
NYAM's work to improve the health of communities includes partnerships with New York City and State policymakers. With funding from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the DASH-NY Policy Center and Coalition engages multiple state and community sectors in the fight to end the epidemic of obesity in New York State, working to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. DASH-NY offers community leaders training and technical assistance on how to make policy changes that will help prevent obesity. NYAM is also working with the New York State Department of Health on the New York State Prevention Agenda, an initiative that identifies statewide public health priorities and asks communities to work together with the Department and other providers to achieve measurable goals. In addition, NYAM has joined the Manhattan Borough President's Office in supporting Go Green East Harlem since the project's inception in 2007.
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NYAM encourages healthy lifestyle choices in schools through multidisciplinary programs that incorporate curriculum development, parent workshops, staff training and student activities. Through Healthy Eating Active Living: A School and Community Initiative, NYAM works with teachers and administrators in East Harlem and Bronx public schools to establish environments and habits that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity. NYAM’s award-winning skin health curriculum, The Wonders of Skin: Looking Good, Being Healthy, developed in partnership with the American Skin Association, has been disseminated nationally, reaching more than 4.1 million K-12 students throughout the United States. NYAM also trains staff at United Neighborhood Houses member agencies across the city who work with teens to promote healthy eating and physical activity, healthy sexuality, and mental and emotional health.
NYAM was a proud participant in the 2014 Museum Mile Festival, an evening-long museum open house and street fair that draws thousands of visitors to New York City’s Fifth Avenue. NYAM was pleased to partner with Harlem Seeds and Harlem Hospital Center’s Walk it Out! and Hip Hop Public Health programs to present a vibrant event featuring food, dance, and art.
National Urban Health Conference Underway
New York Amsterdam News covers the Fourth Annual National Urban Health Conference presented by NYAM partner Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. NYAM hosted the conference's opening session on Building Healthy Communities.