Our vision is a world where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life.

Since its founding, The Academy has been committed to promoting the health of people in the City of New York and, in the modern era, in cities across the nation and worldwide. As nearly 80 percent of the United States population lives in urban areas, along with the majority of the global population, our mission could not be more relevant and important.

Though specific health problems have changed over time, The Academy has proved to be a resilient and effective agent for tackling them as they arise, and for identifying future threats that others may not be addressing. In the face of great shifts in our political climate, our work to promote prevention, reduce chronic disease, and prepare the city to be age-friendly remains critically important.