Impact


The Fund deploys capital, connections, capacity, and clout to enable the New York City Health Department to enhance its work on behalf of New Yorkers. Many pilot programs jumpstarted with funding secured by the Fund have been proven effective and implemented citywide with City funding.

Preventing teen pregnancy from the South Bronx to citywide

Challenge


Unintended teen pregnancy and early parenthood can limit opportunities for teens and their children for the rest of their lives. The South Bronx is among the NYC communities with the highest rates of unintended teen pregnancy, poverty, and student dropout.

Creating a new vision to solve poor academic performance

Challenge


Studies show a strong link between poor vision and poor performance in school. An estimated 25 percent of school-aged children and youth in the U.S. need glasses to read the blackboard.

Reducing heart disease risks by reducing excessive salt

Challenge


High-sodium diets increase blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. More than 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed food, including store-bought food and restaurant meals. On average, New Yorkers consume about 40 percent more sodium than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 mg.

Deploying new technology to measure population health

Challenge


Measuring the health of the city’s population is critical to identifying potential health disparities that may exist in an urban environment like NYC. Although the NYC Health and Nutrition Survey (NYC HANES) is the gold standard of measuring the health of New Yorkers, it is time-intensive and costly to implement routinely.

Reducing asthma triggers in low-income homes

Challenge


Cockroaches and mice, which can trigger asthma attacks, are significantly more prevalent in the homes of lower-income New Yorkers than in those with higher incomes. Evidence indicates that these housing conditions are major contributors to disparities in asthma hospitalizations and emergency department visits, with the highest rates in high-poverty neighborhoods.