At Home in East Harlem

Whether we are working with community members or groups or advocating for policies that improve life in the city’s many neighborhoods, our goal is to make New York a healthier place to live, work and play for every resident.

In every aspect of the Academy’s work, we aim to advance health and wellness in urban communities. We are particularly committed to making a difference in the community we call home, East Harlem, NY.

In East Harlem, we achieve these objectives through many activities. As a member of the East Harlem Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, the Academy works with the NYC Center for Health Equity and Mount Sinai Hospital to increase the availability of healthy foods, improve the built environment, boost economic opportunities and connect residents with programs that support health-enhancing lifestyles.

Through our work on the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee and the publication of the “East Harlem Neighborhood Plan Health Impact Assessment: Connecting Housing Affordability and Health,” the Academy supports community health, as the neighborhood is rezoned, by influencing policy.

As part of the East Harlem Community Alliance, the Academy is also leading efforts to help neighborhood businesses improve capacity and expand the markets they serve. 

Here are highlights from our most recent activities for the East Harlem Community: