I was invited to join the Board of the Fund for Public Health in New York City in September. New York has a long history of leading the country in public health initiatives which makes me extremely excited to be part of this organization. The Fund incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by the Health Department to advance community health throughout the city.
The City created the Fund in 2002 as an independent, nonprofit organization that connects the NYC Health Department with public and private sector partners to build public health programs that make our city healthier and safer.
The Fund facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation. The Fund helps the Health Department do more—more quickly—to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
Since its founding, the Fund has raised more than $400 million in public and private funding for nearly 300 grants to support programs developed with the Health Department.