New York City Community Impact Page

10.20.23 NYC community impact map


By advancing on our mission to address hypertension in our city’s healthcare systems, the American Heart Association shines a spotlight on patient outcomes benefitting nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers. Through the implementation of evidence-based strategies, patient care has improved at clinical sites serving approximately 105,000 individuals.

Continuing to prioritize our focus on prevention of disease to those who need our help the most, the American Heart Association escalated our work addressing nutrition insecurity, blood pressure management and knowledge of Hands Only CPR with community partners benefiting almost 88,600 New Yorkers from under-invested neighborhoods.

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Celebrating Self-Measured Blood Pressure Program in the Bronx

We’re at the corner of Third Avenue and 140th street in the Bronx, the most diverse borough in the city and the county that ranks 62 out of 62 — last in health outcomes across all New York State! To address this disparity, in 2021 the American Heart Association began supporting a program at Damian Family Care Centers, a federally qualified health center, serving a large Latino and Black population, to launch a self-measuring blood pressure program for their patients.

We were able to meet and interview some of the team behind the program, and a patient who has been empowered to take control of his health by managing the silent killer, high blood pressure. Michael Febre, 33, is a Bronx native who lost 100 pounds since he began participating in the SMBP program. He credits the program for helping him find a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that prioritizes blood pressure measurement, exercise and healthier food choices. Michael’s physical health gains have improved his mental health as well. He says that surviving in New York City, a city known for never sleeping, can be daunting. Regularly measuring his blood pressure helped Michael remain committed to his long-term health goals.

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Staten Island Food Pantry Feeds Local Residents

Located in Port Richmond, the Community Health Action of Staten Island food pantry provides access to nutritious foods, fresh fruit, and vegetables for over 2,700 community members each month.

Revising and affirming their commitment to providing healthy options, CHASI adopted an organization-wide nutrition policy that serves to better fit the needs of those who rely on the pantry and those who seek to further its success. By increasing the awareness of food access and security, CHASI and the American Heart Association continue to work together to ensure opportunities of the healthier lifestyles for everyone in the community.

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Red Hook Redemption Church’s Effort to Address Nutrition Insecurity

New York’s second largest public housing complex is located in Red Hook, a waterfront community located in Brooklyn. The Red Hook NYC Housing Authority inhabits more than half of its residents, members of a community that has been geographically isolated from the rest of the city.

By systematically being cut off from the rest of Brooklyn, access to healthy and affordable food, quality healthcare and equitable housing is limited. Although there are barriers that the community faces, there are individuals and organizations that work hard to provide its fellow neighbors with opportunities. For example, Red Hook Redemption church taking charge of finding ways to bring in food for the community during the pandemic; and their initiatives have not stopped there.

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Commonpoint Queens Continues to Increase Healthy Food Access for NYC Residents

Working alongside the American Heart Association, Commonpoint Queens serves its community in finding alternative ways to increase food accessibility. After adopting the Association’s Healthy Pantry Policy and receiving funding for a refrigeration unit, the pantry implemented nutrition security screenings at three of their sites. Although their efforts have shown improvement in the community, there is still more to do.

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Food Bank for New York City implements Self-Measured Blood Pressure Initiative

The Food Bank for New York City (FBNYC) is the city’s largest hunger relief organization; helping to provide over 1.2 billion meals to eligible New Yorkers. Recently, one of their greatest impacts has been through their Community Kitchen in Harlem. In order to continue addressing hypertension and overall health education, FBNYC and the American Heart Association revitalized their working collaboration to launch a Self-Measured Blood Pressure Initiative to provide health services to community members.

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The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal

We’ve committed to 10 bold actions to address barriers to health equity – because all people deserve to enjoy healthy lives. Powered by our millions of volunteers and supporters, we will fulfill these Commitments by 2024.

Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

As champions of health equity, we’re committed to advancing cardiovascular health for all. We will not stand by while people get sick.
We will advance cardiovascular health for all. We will not stand by while people suffer. We won’t watch people get sick, die young and struggle. We will not tolerate structural racism, or the many social factors that hurt people’s health in rural and urban areas alike.

Learn more about our commitment to health equity and the 2024 Impact Goals. 

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