LMTIF’s programs and strategies recently received coverage in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Crain’s and other media.
• According to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) latest report, obesity rates for low-income preschoolers dropped in 19 of the 43 states examined, including New York. But as Laurie M. Tisch outlined in her latest editorial for the Huffington Post, “Affording a Healthier Future,” now that we are making gains, we have to hone in on what works and redouble our efforts—especially via successful, public-private partnerships.
• Working closely with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), LMTIF joined an impressive roster of partners for CMOM’s national launch of the EatPlayGrow™ Early Childhood Health Curriculum in New York City on November 8, including Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea. The full curriculum (which can be downloaded here) represents the first of its kind to be approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC), combining the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based pedagogy to engage young children with creative programs and consistent health messages. More information can be found in The New York Times’ coverage, here.
• The following morning on November 9, LMTIF’s Rick Luftglass helped officially mark another milestone at the grand opening of City Harvest’s second Mobile Market in the South Bronx (as seen in NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Bronx Free Press). In collaboration with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the Mobile Market aims to increase access to affordable, healthy food in this high-need community by putting fresh produce directly into the hands of hungry New Yorkers who need it most.
• Teachers College at Columbia University honored Laurie M. Tisch as a philanthropic leader and visionary at its 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on November 12. Recognized for her philanthropy and leadership in education, health, the arts and nutrition, Laurie joined four other honorees to celebrate the occasion, including Susan Benedetto '98 and Tony Bennett, for their contributions to arts education through their nonprofit, Exploring the Arts; James P. Comer, M.D., for his work in psychosocial development as a key factor in children’s educational success; and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, for support for and investment in education in Harlem.
Teachers College (TC) also announced a $300 million fundraising campaign to invest in the future of the school. In Crain’s New York Business, Suzanne Murphy, TC’s vice president of development and external affairs for the college, explained “We want to continue to support our faculty, our students and work in our neighborhoods.” Putting the campaign in the context of TC’s 125-year “Legacy of Firsts” – the nation’s first programs in nursing education, nutrition education, special education, educational psychology, and comparative and international education – Ms. Murphy said “We want to build on our rich history.” Coverage of the event and campaign included the Illumination Fund’s $10 million campaign gift and the newly-established Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy.
The annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize at Hunter College recognizes one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health. Each recipient receives a $10,000 award. The deadline for nominating a prize candidate is January 24, 2014.
The Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter College that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors. The Project has been funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Steve Tisch Family Foundation and the Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation.
Past Joan H. Tisch Prize winners have included Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, LegalHealth, Union Settlement Association, Robert Cordero of CitiWide Harm Reduction, Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. Read about the recipients.
Nomination guidelines and instructions can be viewed on Hunter’s Roosevelt House website.
Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, was featured in the New York Times article “These Donors Will Take Anything but Manhattan” by Robin Pogrebin. The article highlighted donors that have made it a priority to support art and cultural institutions in other boroughs. Ms. Pogrebin highlighted the impact of their contributions on smaller and more local organizations. Among gifts mentioned were the Illumination Fund’s support to underwrite the Bronx Museum’s installation at the Venice Biennale this year and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 150th anniversary programming in 2012. To read the full article, click here.
Rick Luftglass, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, recently participated in two radio shows on the Heritage Radio Network to discuss timely issues in New York City and the role of philanthropy.
On September 24, Rick was a guest on HRN Community Sessions, along with a Trustee of an NYC-based family foundation and Karen Karp of Karp Resources, which is partnering with Heritage Radio to focus on small food business recovery efforts in the Rockaway community post-Sandy. The episode, hosted by Erin Fairbanks, centered on the role of philanthropy in assessing needs in a post-disaster setting and providing appropriate support. To listen to the entire show, click here.
Rick was also a guest on the September 26th episode of Everything's on the Table: What's the Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC?, a series organized by Food Systems Network NYC to examine food policy issues that are important for New York City’s next administration to consider. The episode, “Hunger in New York City,” focused on hunger and food access. Hosted by Erin Fairbanks with Kate MacKenzie, Director of Policy and Government Relations at City Harvest and a member of the Leadership Committee of Food Systems Network NYC, the episode also included Jan Poppendieck, Policy Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and a Professor Emerita in Sociology at Hunter College; Michael Hurwitz, Director of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC; and Cathy Nonas, Special Advisor at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The participants discussed the current state of hunger in the City, as well as public policies and programs to combat hunger and promote access. To listen to the entire show, click here.
On July 23, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund came together with Wholesome Wave to announce the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) pilot in NYC.
Wholesome Wave's Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) is a nationally-recognized initiative that allows doctors to write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables for at-risk patients redeemable at local farmers markets. FVRx is being expanded into New York City and introduced to hospitals for the first time at the Harlem Hospital Center and the Lincoln Medical Center. The new, public-private partnership has been made possible by a $250,000 grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. The New York City expansion is one of the core programs of LMTIF’s Healthy Food and Community Change Initiative, which supports novel strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices.
At the event, held at Lincoln Hospital’s farmers market in the South Bronx, Laurie M. Tisch provided remarks along with an impressive lineup of the “who’s who” in New York City health leadership, including:
Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs
Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner
Dr. Ross Wilson, HHC's Chief Medical Officer, HHC’s Chief Medical Officer
Gus Schumacher, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Policy, Wholesome Wave
Patients and doctors involved with the program were also onsite to provide additional details, speaking with several members of the media. Check out the latest coverage of the innovative pilot, including NPR’s “The Salt”, Associated Press, New York Daily News, NY1, WABC, and CBS New York, among others.
For more information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/pressroom/press-release-20130724-fruit-vegetable-prescription.shtml.
During the Aspen Ideas Festival, Laurie M. Tisch sat down for an interview with Oliver Sharpe and Amanda Russell on Aspen 82’s “The Lift.” They talked about some of the exciting projects the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund is involved with, such as the NYC Green Cart Initiative that served as inspiration for the documentary “The Apple Pushers.” They also discussed LMTIF’s Healthy Food & Community Change and Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which is being rolled out in New York this month. Watch the video below.
According to research released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates among New York City children appear to be falling. The City reports a 5.5 percent decline in obesity for grades K-8 between the 2006-07 and 2010-11 school years.
In a series of health policy briefs, RWJF is shining a light on eleven cities that are showing “Signs of Progress.” RWJF showcased multiple programs in New York, including the NYC Green Cart Initiative, explaining that a multilayered approach can have a greater impact than individual initiatives. The City’s strategies include:
• requiring group child-care centers to improve nutrition and nutrition education, increase physical activity and limit screen time;
• bringing fresh produce to city neighborhoods with Green Carts;
• offering Health Bucks that enable lower-income families to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets;
• providing architects and urban designers with guidelines for designing buildings, streets and urban spaces that support physical activity;
• requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus; and
• helping teachers incorporate physical activity through the school day with “Move-to-Improve” guidelines.
Read about the national trends, New York’s progress and LMTIF’s partnership with the City.
We are pleased to announce that three grassroots community health groups in New York City received 3rd Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The prize, which was presented June 6th at Roosevelt House, is administered by Hunter College and is awarded to not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.
The 2013 recipients were:
Turning Point for Women and Families
Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities
Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction
Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training.
Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities was launched in 2008 to address the health disparities found among low-income women with physical disabilities in New York City who have been largely excluded from this necessary screening procedure.
Robert Cordero has devoted much of his career to working with people impacted by HIV/AIDS and helping to prevent the spread of the disease. He is Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, which works to improve the health, social and economic status of active drug users who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, based at Hunter College and made possible with a five-year grant of over $1 million from her children Steve Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. The other components are the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellowship in Public Health and the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum.
What do the Community Center of Immigrants in Washington Heights, Green Ramadan NYC, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights Food Allies, the 462 Halsey Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, St. Nicholas Miracle Garden in Central Harlem, and the Urban Rebuilding Initiative in Mott Haven in the Bronx have in common? They’re all neighborhood-based grassroots efforts to promote access to healthy food, and they’re all among seventeen grassroots community groups awarded grants this month through Change by Us NYC.
Change by Us NYC, a program of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, is New York City’s online platform for residents to develop volunteer-driven initiatives in their neighborhoods. A component of Change by Us is a mini-grants program to support these initiatives. This year’s round, which was administered by the Citizens Committee for New York City, was designed to support community projects Involving healthy food access and awareness, food security and food system sustainability and infrastructure.
This year’s grant winners represent a diverse range of neighborhoods and approaches to building a healthier city, from community gardens to nutrition workshops. Read about the projects here.
Announcing this year’s recipients, Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, said “the projects selected this year hold great promise to increase access to healthy food and improve the quality of life in communities throughout the five boroughs.”
But Change by Us is more than a grants program – it’s an innovative community collaboration platform where New Yorkers can create opportunities to meet and work with other individuals and organizations, as well as City agencies, to achieve their goals. New Yorkers can share ideas, create or join projects, and build volunteer teams with from the neighborhood or across the City.
Visit Change by Us NYC to find out about projects or post your own ideas!
On Monday April 29th, the Illumination Fund welcomed guests for the opening of our exhibit "Am I As Much As Being Seen?" This project features works produced by Whitney's Youth Insights (YI) Leaders. Over the course of this project, the YI Leaders learned about Wilson's working methods, ideas, and artistic practice through conversations and studio visits. The teens and Wilson discussed what it means to be a teen in New York City today. Together, they decided to create a photography project that explored what it means to "be seen" and how this impacts them as they begin a new stage of their lives.
Whitney Youth Insights is a free after-school program for New York City high school students. It brings teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art inspired by this exchange. To learn more about this program, please visit www.whitney.org.