Online Program

Evidence of improvements in health from age-friendly NYC

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 1:06 p.m. - 1:18 p.m.

Dorian Block, MS, The Division of Health Policy, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
Age-friendly NYC is a partnership between New York City's Mayor, City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine aiming to make the city more inclusive of the 1.4 million older adults who live there. The initiative, now in its fifth year, focuses in several key areas to improve policy, practice and the built environment in the city. Major areas of improvement include transportation, social service delivery, cultural institutions, employment, technology and community development. The initiative works in a four step process of consulting with older adults, piloting initiatives, evaluating initiatives and disseminating initiatives if they are proven successful. Recent evaluation has shown improved health outcomes in several areas. The presentation will focus on several including a dramatic reduction in pedestrian injuries and fatalities with low-cost street redesign, health improvements by participants at new innovative senior centers, increased levels of physical activity through a new accessible parks initiative and increased food access through innovative transportation strategies. This presentation will outline these strategies and results and instruct participants on how to replicate them in their own communities. Participants will be given toolkits and resources developed for other cities' use, and the presentation will also draw on innovations from other communities around the world to whom Age-friendly NYC staff have provided strategic guidance.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify six strategies undertaken by Age-friendly NYC which have demonstrated improved health outcomes amongst older adults in New York City Assess which initiatives from New York City would be applicable in other communities and formulate an action plan toward implementation

Keyword(s): Aging, Community Building

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have managed the Age-friendly NYC initiative in partnership with The New York Academy of Medicine, the Office of the Mayor and the City Council for the past three years. I also provide strategic assistance to governments and organizations around the U.S. and world implementing age-friendly initiatives. The New York Academy of Medicine takes on this role as the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center on Aging, Urbanization and Globalization.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.