Our daily lives and the neighborhoods in which we live them—where we raise our families, work, and play—along with our personal health habits, affect health in countless and complex ways. Some neighborhoods support health and healthy behaviors better than others. In healthy neighborhoods, we feel safe walking outside, can access green space for recreation and physical activity, and we can purchase and eat healthy, affordable food. Healthy neighborhoods are free of abandoned housing that attracts crime and are places with trusted neighbors to turn to when in need. Neighborhood environments such as these are the vision for the grantees of the Neighborhood Health Status Improvement initiative.

Since 2008, Greater Rochester Health Foundation has supported asset-based, grassroots efforts to improve the physical, social, and economic environments of neighborhoods in the Greater Rochester area and surrounding counties.