Media resources, commentary, news stories, and updates on the latest and upcoming work from the Fund.


Big Tobacco: A History of Death, Destruction and Deception

In the summer of 1974, I landed my first real job working in the tobacco fields of Bristol, Connecticut for $1.25 an hour. For the first part of the summer we worked in fields under white tents tying the plants so they would grow straight. The second half of the summer the women were in the sheds sewing the tobacco leaves together and hanging them, so they would dry for processing. The days were long, hot and grueling and the work was monotonous. Nonetheless, I was thrilled to be earning a paycheck and my parents were happy to have me out of the house and gainfully employed. Read more>

Neighborhood Health Action Centers Offer Pathways to Care

On a late afternoon in early December, a woman and small child enter the large, light-colored building on the corner of 115th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The woman, between work shifts, rushes to use the lactation room at the East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center. She and many community members file into the offices to access on-site services. The building houses more than 15 social service programs, four community-based organizations, and other New York City Department of Health programs. Read more>

FPHNYC and NYC Department of Health Awarded Funding to Increase HIV Treatment Access for Newly Diagnosed Patients

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have received funding from M∙A∙C Cosmetic’s charitable foundation, the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund to increase prompt access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for patients newly diagnosed with HIV at NYC’s Sexual Health Clinics. Read more>

Grant Awarded to the Fund for Public Health in New York City to Assess Fall Risk Factors Among Staten Island Seniors

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC), in collaboration with the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has received a one-year award from the Staten Island Foundation to study the reasons for falls among Staten Island seniors. Read more>

Think Local and Give Thanks


Sara Gardner, MPH

Executive Director

November is the month of Thanksgiving, a time of year when Americans pause and give thanks. In this current political environment, and considering the events of the last few months—hurricanes, mass shootings, and the recent terrorist attack in New York City—I am having a hard time finding something good. Typically, I am a glass-half-full kind of person, though as we move closer to this Thanksgiving season, I have found it hard to shake this malaise. Read more >

New Program Seeks to Examine Whether Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Prescriptions are Filled with Free Pharmacy Discount Cards

In 2016, there were close to 67,000 cases of chlamydia reported in New York City (NYC). Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the city and rates of infection continue to rise steadily. While most clinicians have the resources to examine, diagnose, and prescribe treatment for patients they diagnose with chlamydia, clinicians often lack the resources to notify and treat their patients’ sex partners. When sex partners are left untreated, the original patient is at increased risk for becoming re-infected, and each repeat infection increases the risk of adverse side effects, which include pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Read more >

Is There a Cure for Violence: Applying a Public Health Approach to our Nation’s Violence Epidemic

We live in a violent culture. Not a day goes by that we don’t read about another act of senseless violence. From the proliferation of mass shootings like what we saw in Las Vegas a few weeks ago to the youth stabbing here in a Bronx High school last month. Predictably, there have been renewed calls for action, be it gun control or improving school safety standards. Though both are important, they are singular solutions. We need to apply a public health approach to bring a comprehensive solution to our complex and multi-faceted epidemic of violence. Read more >

Grants Awarded to the Fund for Public Health in New York City to Strengthen Reproductive Health Services for At-risk Teens

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have received two complementary three-year awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to increase access to reproductive health services for at-risk teens attending New York City (NYC) public high schools and those in the foster care system. Read more >

Just in Case: Emergency Preparedness and the Role of the Health Department as First Responder

When it comes to disasters there is one indisputable fact: they happen whether we are ready or not. New York City is no stranger to natural or man-made disasters. In the last two decades we experienced Hurricane Sandy, which was the second largest storm to make landfall in US history, and the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Read more >

Urban Farms Provide Promising Pathways for Young People

It’s a hot, muggy Thursday morning in Brownsville, Brooklyn and there is already a small group of people gathering in the cul-de-sac of Howard Houses. At first glance, it just appears to be a group of friends, but just beyond the crowd, a burst of green comes into view—a tomato plant juts outward, looming large over the other crops. Read More >

FPHNYC Receives Funding to Support Farms at NYCHA

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) has been awarded funding from the Target Corporation for the second year in a row to support Farms at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) which engages NYCHA youth to build, plant and cultivate one-acre farms in underutilized public space at NYCHA developments. The project brings job opportunities and training, fresh produce, beautification and opportunities for safe, outdoor activity to residents at sites. Read More >

Fighting Obesity, One Step at a Time

This summer, two outdoor stairways in the South Bronx received unusual upgrades. The concrete steps, once the typical, drab gray are now covered in brightly colored, nature-inspired images designed and painted by Bronx-based artists Diana Perea and Josie Gonzalez. Read More >

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Executive Director

Sara Gardner, MPH
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