On the morning of Friday, October 19th, we celebrated two dedicated community-based organizations, who were selected through a competitive grant process, as they received a $50,000 award for the Healthy Neighborhoods Project Phase II. With this grant, Community Health Center of Richmond and South Shore YMCA will work with community members to create projects to impact local health disparities and social determinants of health in North Shore communities. Using the CDC Change Tool data collected by the College of Staten Island, St. John’s University and Wagner College in Phase I as a guide, each organization will work with community members in selected neighborhoods on projects focused on decreasing childhood obesity and nutrition and diabetes prevention.
Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) will focus on childhood obesity in the 10302, 10303, and 10310 zip codes, which includes over 12,000 children ages 17 and younger. CHCR will utilize Phase I data related to childhood obesity and social determinants of health to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan by convening the neighborhood and prioritizing community driven goals to address childhood obesity in these zip codes. Funding will also help support local coalition work. The project team is comprised of a Pediatrician, health center Outreach Workers, and other CHCR staff.
The South Shore YMCA will provide diabetes prevention and nutrition education to students, families, and community members based out of PS 57, 46, and 31, as well as incorporate community input on disparities impacting these communities. They plan to utilize two different curriculums while carrying out this project, the CATCH program and the Y Diabetes curriculum. Their “Healthy Eating, Physical Activity” education model will aim to improve detection, reduce complications, and delay illness onset of diabetes in students and families served. The program will include interactive learning, prevention, and nutritional education. The staff will educate families on healthy lifestyle components to ensure they encompass the entire Spirit, Mind and Body spectrum.
Dr. Joseph Conte, Executive Director of Staten Island PPS, started off the morning with opening remarks about the PPS and each organizations dedication to impacting the thousands of lives they touch on Staten Island. Celina Ramsey, Director of Health Literacy, Diversity and Outreach at Staten Island PPS, followed with an introduction to the Healthy Neighborhood Project and Phase I findings that guided each organization’s proposed project. With introductions from Thomas Swanciger, Executive Director of the South Shore YMCA and Henry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Center of Richmond, they gave an overview of their proposed projects and were presented their grant award.
We were joined by NY1, the Staten Island Advance, Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, Staten Island University Hospital, and the Office of the Staten Island Borough President.
Congratulations to both organizations! We look forward to seeing the wonderful work that is to come.