As part of the New York City Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and The New York Academy of Medicine (the Academy) convened the Designing a Strong and Healthy New York City (DASH-NYC) Workgroup to investigate and spread community-based approaches to promoting health and health equity.


The mission of DASH-NYC is to improve health and promote health equity for all New Yorkers by:

  • Engaging partners from multiple sectors to identify and disseminate best practices in community-wide interventions for chronic disease prevention.
  • Developing and spreading sustainable, cross-cutting strategies for reducing the burden of chronic disease in our most disparate communities.
  • Incorporating a ‘health in all policies’ approach into chronic disease prevention activities throughout NYC.


DASH-NYC Citywide Working Group

DASH-NYC could not exist without the commitment of its partners operating across a range of sectors.

  • The New York Academy of Medicine (Co-Chair)
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Co-Chair)
  • 1199 SEIU
  • Bronx Health REACH
  • Center for Active Design
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • City Health Works
  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • Grow NYC
  • LSA Family Health Service
  • New York League of Conservation Voters
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation of New York City
  • Make the Road New York
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York University College of Global Public Health
  • Transportation Alternatives
  • Urban Health Plan
  • WHEDco
  • YMCA of Greater New York


DASH-NYC: Rockaways

Place-based and community-driven, this group of passionate and dedicated partners operating in the Rockaways have driven local DASH-NYC efforts to advance chronic disease prevention in their community, ranging from increasing access to group exercise classes to implementing new a new community health worker program in the community. DASH-NYC Rockaway partners include:

  • Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Make the Road NY
  • The New York Academy of Medicine
  • The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
  • Rockaways YMCA
  • St. John’s Episcopal Hospital


NYC Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP)

The PHIP promotes health equity as well as the “Triple Aim” of better care, lower health care costs and better health outcomes for New Yorkers by engaging community members and cross-sector leaders in strategic health planning.

The NYC PHIP is one of 11 PHIPs created with funds from the New York State Department of Health to achieve inclusive health planning at the regional and local level. In NYC, the program is was launched as a partnership between:

The Fund for Public Health in New York

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The New York Academy of Medicine

The United Hospital Fund