Who We Are

Our mission is to incubate innovative public health initiatives that lead to improved health for all New Yorkers.

Our Vision


All New Yorkers share equitably in a culture of healthy living and enjoy optimal health.

The City created the Fund for Public Health in New York City in 2002 as an independent, nonprofit organization that connects the NYC Health Department with public and private sector partners to build public health programs that make our city healthier and safer.

Since its founding in 2002, the Fund has raised more than $400 million in public and private funding for nearly 300 grants to support programs developed with the Health Department.

The Fund incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by the Health Department to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation. The Fund helps the Health Department do more—more quickly—to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.

What We Do


Through its agile operations and leadership, the Fund:

  • Accelerates project startup.
  • Secures and manages funding.
  • Builds collaborative public/private partnerships.
  • Mobilizes money, people, partners, and resources for project implementation.

Why It Matters


These guiding principles drive the Fund’s work:

  • Health is everybody’s business.
  • It is our most precious commodity and the bedrock for personal and community wellbeing and achievement.
  • Government alone cannot create a culture of healthy living.
  • To improve health and address our leading health problems, we must address the social, economic, physical, and environmental factors that impact our health and wellbeing.
  • We must think BIG and work together to put health front and center of everything we do.
  • Health is rooted in the communities where people live.
  • Everyone can contribute to a healthier city.

What is public health and why is it important to you?

We all benefit from public health. It is the science of promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. It improves health for entire populations—as small as a neighborhood or as big as a city or state—through facilitation of healthy behaviors; detection, prevention, and control of infectious diseases; and education on health matters. Public health also works to limit health disparities and enable all of the people within a population to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.