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.

Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Reports

Project Hope
Project Hope Helping people lead with their strengths: the new way forward for a healthier neighborhood, 2011
Our Town Rocks
Our Town Rocks Bringing country neighbors together for good: A rural area built on its strengths and inspires healthy action, 2011

Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Presentations

Neighborhood Health Status Initiative - Information Sessions
Neighborhood Health Status Initiative - Information Sessions Barbara Zappia, MPA, Greater Rochester Health Foundation: Deborah Puntenney, Ph.D. Northwestern University, ABCD Institute; Lauren Snyder, RN, MPA, Our Town Rocks Project, S2AY Rural Health Network, January 2013
Asset Based Community Development
Asset Based Community Development Asset Based Community Development, Deborah Puntenney, Ph.D. Northwestern University, ABCD Institute, March, 2011