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Northwell Health Helps Improve Community Wellness

Healthy on the Hill is a population health initiative addressing two Prevention Agenda priorities: prevent chronic diseases, and promote a healthy, safe environment. Its goal is to improve community health by promoting healthy eating, active living, and community transformation around health using a collective impact model of public health. A community health assessment identified the need for access to fresh produce, chronic disease self-management strategies, and physical activity options. A walking group, the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and a farmer’s market were implemented. The market, in its third season, is supported by the Spinney Hill Partnership, managed by Northwell Health and local community-based organizations, and staffed by community youth market workers, undergraduate nutrition volunteers, and two farmers.

Since inception, there has been an increase in access to locally grown produce (8,697 market visitors over three seasons); increased utilization of government nutrition assistance benefits (1,788 farmer’s market nutrition program benefit checks redeemed totaling $6,670); and increased product consumption.