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Partnership to Improve Community Health

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) received a Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014.

This three year grant program has two main objectives:

  • Improve access to environments with healthy food and beverage options
  • Improve opportunities for type-2 diabetes prevention, risk reduction and management through clinical and community linkages


Funded Project Partners:

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.
NYCON facilitated the development and implementation of the Schenectady County Healthy and Equitable Food Action Plan with guidance from the Schenectady County Strategic Alliance for Health: Healthy Food Access Workgroup. The Healthy and Equitable Food Action Plan identifies goals and strategies to improve the food system to increase access to healthy options for everyone in the community.

Bethesda House of Schenectady
Bethesda House of Schenectady partnered with Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority to open a new food pantry in the 12308 zip code, which didn’t have a food pantry prior to this partnership. The P.G. Wright Food Pantry is located in Yates Village and is open every Thursday from 9:00am – 11:00am for residents of the 12308 zip code

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County
CCE, SC has provided technical assistance to 5 food pantries in Schenectady County to implement a Healthy Food Pantry initiative. The 5 food pantries are the Bridge Christian Church Food Pantry, Harmony Fellowship Food Pantry, Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry, Scotia-Glenville Food Pantry and State Street Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.  The Healthy Food Pantry Initiative utilizes policy, system and environmental improvements to increase access to healthy foods and beverages for food pantry clients.

Schenectady Inner City Ministry
SICM partnered with SCPHS to create a mobile phone application of food resources in Schenectady County. The free ‘Food 4 Schdy’ app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Ellis Medicine
SCPHS is working with Ellis Family Health Center to increase screening for type-2 diabetes, increase referrals to Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education and increase referrals to the Diabetes Prevention Program.


The Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community has identified reduction in obesity and diabetes in children and adults as a focus area for the 2016-2018 Community Health Needs Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan/Community Service Plan. This ensures the sustainability of the PICH efforts after the grant ends. For more information about the Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community, contact us using the information request form or call (518) 386-2824 ext. 252.