NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK)

by Leah Butz
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK)
630 West 168th Street
Address Line 2
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center Community Pediatrics
New York
Phone Number
(212) 342-0713
Director, Manager or CEO
Emma Hulse
Community members served per month
Number of staff/employees
Year Started
Major Funders
Primarily funded by NYP, individual donations, grants, and corporate donors
Latest Projects
CHALK’s newest community initiative is the Capacity Building Initiative. This initiative targets local grassroots organizations in Northern Manhattan, providing mentorship and resources to help these organizations build capacity and become sustainable. We achieve this by hosting a yearly conference, creating quarterly webinars, offering consulting services, hosting workshops, and creating a network hub where community-based organizations will be able to learn best practices from one another. Webinar and workshops topics include: wellness programming (including nutrition and physical activity), data collection, fundraising, and working with community officials. The first CBO conference took place on September 16th, 2019.

The Food FARMacia is a 6-month project providing families of patients ages 0-5 year and their families with access to food from a mobile pantry at the Washington Heights Family Health Center in collaboration with West Side Campaign Against Hunger. The Food FARMacia connects families that screen positive for food insecurity with an onsite emergency food resource. In addition to receiving pounds of food based on household size, families receive guidance on how to enroll for entitlements such as SNAP and WIC as well as nutrition education. Since May 2019, the program has served an average of 31 families and 135 individuals.
Interesting Fact
Each year CHALK selects ten organizations to participate in the minigrant program; community based organizations and initiatives that support healthy lifestyles for children and families in Northern Manhattan are selected through a competitive application process. Mini-grants of $2000 are awarded to fund either new or ongoing initiatives that increase access to and knowledge about healthy foods and eating habits, and/or physical activity. Organizations are eligible to receive a maximum of three consecutive years of funding; during this period, organizations are evaluated on the innovation, progress, sustainability, and impact of the project. CHALK staff serves as a resource to assist with an organization’s sustainability beyond the granting period, providing support around capacity building and partnership building. Since 2012, CHALK has worked with over 20 grantees.
Areas Served
Major Issues
Promoting wellness through policy, system and environmental changes, Community Advocacy, Food Environment, Nutrition Education (Children/Youth)
Frequently used hashtags
#CHALK #schoolwellness #fitness #nutrition#foodfri #healthykids #childhoodobesity
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