The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) has a long history of advancing public health for all New Yorkers. Since our founding in 2002, we’ve raised more than $500 million in public and private funding for over 440 projects, making New York City healthier and safer for all. We work closely with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to pilot, implement, and expand innovative public health programs, many of which are taken to scale city-wide for lasting impact on individual and community health.
2002 – 2006
- FPHNYC is created in 2002 and Mayor Bloomberg takes office.
- As part of its history championing public health, New York City becomes the first city in the United States to restrict trans fats in commercial food and beverages.
- The city posts calories in major restaurant chains and expands the Smoke Free Air Act to include bars and restaurants.
- Dr. Thomas Frieden is named as Commissioner of Health and serves as FPHNYC’s board chair.
2007 – 2011
- NYC implements physical activity standards across all child care centers.
- The city establishes the National Salt Reduction Initiative, and expands food and nutrition standards across NYC schools, senior centers, and public hospitals.
- The NYC Health Department responds to H1N1 by creating borough-based vaccination services.
- The Smoke Free Air Act expands to include parks, beaches, and areas outside hospitals, while the Community Air Survey assesses neighborhood air quality to address pollutants.
- Sara Gardner joins FPHNYC as Executive Director in 2008.
- Dr. Thomas Farley becomes Commissioner of Health in 2009 and serves as FPHNYC’s board chair.
2012 – 2014
- FPHNYC collaborates with the NYC Health Department to launch Check Hep C and the Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
- Life expectancy hits an all time high of 80.6 years, and teen pregnancy rates hit a new low, falling 30%.
- Air quality reaches its cleanest levels in 50 years.
- NYC launches projects to improve diagnosis and treatment of HIV, increase flu vaccination rates, and update restaurant hygiene guidelines.
- In 2014, Mayor De Blasio takes office and Dr. Mary Bassett is named Commissioner of Health, resuming the position of FPHNYC’s board chair.
2015 – 2017
- FPHNYC works with the NYC Health Department to obtain a grant to provide training to teachers and mental health clinicians to support families impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
- FPHNYC secures grants to expand NYC Teens Connection, a sexual health education program, as well as Health Bucks, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to SNAP recipients.
- The NYC Health Department launches Take Care New York 2020, a blueprint to improve the health of all New Yorkers.
- The NYC Health Department releases a report on the racial and ethnic disparities of Severe Maternal Morbidity, supported by a grant managed by FPHNYC.
- Neighborhood Health Action Centers are opened in three boroughs.
- New initiatives include the Active Open Space program; Shop Healthy NYC; the Mural Arts Project; and the expansion of HIV and STI services at Sexual Health Clinics.
2018 – Present
- FPHNYC secures a grant for the NYC Health Department to develop a school-based HPV immunization strategy, and also receives a $1.8 million grant from Merck for Mothers to work with hospitals on maternal morbidity.
- The NYC Health Department announces the National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative as well as the first citywide initiative to prevent and control blood pressure: Take the Pressure Off.
- A state-of-the-art Quickie Lab for fast and easy STI testing is opened and FPHNYC secures a grant to create a second Quickie Lab.
- The NYC Health Department works to improve care for patients involved in the justice system, while also expanding opioid overdose prevention strategies.
- With support from several grants secured and managed by FPHNYC, the NYC Health Department’s Pharmacy to Farm issues “prescriptions” for fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income New Yorkers with high blood pressure.
- In 2019, Dr. Oxiris Barbot becomes Commissioner of Health and becomes FPHNYC’s board chair.
- Dr. Dave A. Chokshi is appointed NYC Commissioner of Health in August 2020 and also becomes FPHNYC’s board chair.