East Harlem - Growing an Age-friendly Neighborhood
You'll learn about:
The potential impacts of an aging population on local communities and the evolution of place-based solutions to address emerging needs and issues that benefits all ages, cultures and incomes
Innovative planning strategies, partnerships and new delivery models such as Aging Improvement Districts, Age Smart Employers Awards that enable a community age-friendly lens across all aspects of community life to build on community assets to create a more responsive and vibrant environment
A new framework that cities and towns can use to leverage existing resources in fresh new ways to address neighborhood disparities such as increase access to healthy foods and places to exercise, pedestrian ‘safety islands’ and provide economic opportunities that expand neighborhood business and improve markets
New York is “one of the global leaders” in adapting to the needs of older residents: Encompassing northeastern Manhattan from 96th Street to 139th Street, between the East River and Fifth Avenue, East Harlem—also known as El Barrio—is a diverse neighborhood home to a variety of arts and cultural institutions, over a dozen community gardens and murals, the City’s first food incubator, and local businesses committed to community. East Harlem is also beset by many challenges including an estimated 12,000 households in need of affordable housing, significant disparities in health and life expectancy, multi-generational poverty, high rates of unemployment, and high levels of food insecurity.
This mobile workshop will tour East Harlem with commentary on the creation and implementation of the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, a comprehensive strategy developed for the neighborhood by the neighborhood to catalyze the development of new affordable housing and to improve the health and wellbeing of residents through changes to zoning and strategic programmatic and capital investment. Topics to be covered include: East Harlem Aging Improvement District, a recent health impact assessment to examine the potential health effects of the City’s new mandatory inclusionary housing policy, and community and economic development initiatives underway.
Optional 1-hour tour: After the tour of East Harlem, you are invited to visit the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) Library. Established in 1847, the Library is one of the nation’s most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health with an extensive rare book collection. The collections tell the story of the growth and global impact of the Western medical tradition and includes public health reports concerning different aspects of health in NYC (almshouses, sanitation, corrections, water systems, etc.) A number of 19th and 20th-century maps of New York tell the story of the city’s changing infrastructure and demographics. The NYAM is located at : 1216 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
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Invited SpeakerDr. Kimberly Libman is the Director for Prevention and Community Development in the Center for Health Policy and Programs at the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a co-author of the East Harlem Health Impact Assessment: Connecting Housing Affordability and Health. Her research has examined how urban governance and intersectoral collaboration shape food environments and health inequality in New York City, London, and Cape Town. She has also conducted research on the health impacts of the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Dr. Libman has published in the Journal of Urban Health, Housing Policy Debate, Housing, Theory & Society, Environmental Education & Communication, and the Journal of Urban Affairs. With Susan Saegert, and Desiree Fields, she is the 2009 recipient of the Journal of Urban Affairs Best Article of the Year Award. Kimberly holds a doctorate in Environmental Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, MPH in Community Health Education from Hunter College, and a BA in Science, Technology and Society from Eugene Lang College.
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Invited SpeakerLindsey is a Project Director in the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research. Prior to joining NYAM, Lindsey worked as a Planner with Cameron Engineering & Associates on the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program which was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by natural disasters. Before moving to the New York area, she worked as a Health Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability and as an Environmental Health Analyst with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Lindsey holds an MPH from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Confirmed SpeakerLindsay Goldman directs the New York Academy of Medicine’s work in healthy aging. She has 14 years of experience in program development and administration, aging services, philanthropy, and social policy. Lindsay oversees Age-friendly NYC, the Academy’s partnership with the City Council and the Office of the Mayor to improve all aspects of city life for older people. She is the lead author of the Academy’s report Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life and the chapter, “Age-friendly New York City: A Case Study,” in the recently published book, Age-friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison. Prior to her time at the Academy, Lindsay worked at UJA-Federation of New York where she was responsible for strategic planning and allocations to support older adults in New York and Israel. Lindsay also served as the director of the Health Enhancement Partnership at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and received a Best Practice Award from the National Council on Aging in 2008. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from NYU.