NYC Population Health Improvement Program

In January 2015, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene joined in partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York, the United Hospital Fund and the New York Academy of Medicine to launch the New York City Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). The NYC PHIP is one of 11 PHIPs created around the state to achieve inclusive health planning at the regional and local level.


The PHIP promotes health equity as well as the “Triple Aim” of better care, lower health care costs and better health outcomes for New Yorkers.

We achieve this by engaging community members and cross-sector leaders in efforts to transform the health system and advance the health equity goals outlined in Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY 2020).

Guiding Principles for NYC PHIP:


  • Inclusive, cross-sector stakeholder engagement.
  • Evidence-informed decision-making.
  • Transparency through communications and accountability of actions.

Objectives and Activities for 2018 include:


  1. Support community-driven health improvement initiatives in under-resourced neighborhoods.
    • Provide support and technical assistance to eight community partners as they develop and pilot local health improvement strategies for achieving Take Care New York 2020 health equity goals. For further information see the Neighborhood Health Workgroup page.
  2. Strengthen connections between healthcare providers and community organizations addressing New Yorkers’ socioeconomic barriers to health.
    • Conduct qualitative research to understand how community members experience and deal with socioeconomic problems that can impact their health, such as unstable housing. For further information see the Community Research page
    • Develop a blueprint on how to establish screening and referral partnerships between healthcare providers and multi-service organizations that address community members’ socioeconomic needs. For further information see the Project to Address the Socioeconomic Needs of Primary Care Patients.
  3. Investigate and raise awareness of the cross-sector drivers of health inequity.
    • Collaborate with cross-sector stakeholders to develop informational materials addressing the drivers of, and solutions for, health inequity. For further information see the DASH-NYC page.

For inquiries about the New York City Population Health Improvement Program, contact:


Wende Mwanyika, MPH
Manager, Population Health Improvement Program
Office of Policy, Planning & Strategic Data Use
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
[email protected]