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Mayor's task group announces kickoff of its 'Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls' grant program

by jmaloni
Wed, Sep 7th 2011 07:05 am

On Friday, Sept. 9, the City of Niagara Falls, the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, and Niagara University kick off "Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls: A Neighborhood Empowerment Approach." An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon to celebrate the opening of the outreach office inside the Anthony Spallino Towers at 720 Tenth St., Niagara Falls.

As part of the event, neighborhood residents and partners of the project will be invited to a cookout from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The outreach office is intended to provide a location for neighbors to get information about the grant and partner resources. It will also serve as a meeting space to plan for events and activities that will improve the community. Other services and opportunities will include workshops and events focused on increasing health, wellness and safety. The Niagara Falls Housing Authority, one of more than 30 implementation partners involved with the project, is providing space for the office.

"We are grateful that the Housing Authority is willing to provide the space to help connect residents with resources to improve their individual health, but also to the resources that will strengthen their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

The "Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls" project was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Oishei Foundation to improve the individual health and quality of life of residents in designated Niagara Falls neighborhoods by building a system of community-based resources and linkages. Implementation strategies will focus on leadership, environmental beautification, health and wellness, disease prevention and safety. The initiative will engage and build the capacity of residents to initiate projects that will improve their neighborhoods and create a healthy, livable and safe community.

In addition, it is designed to alter how health care and human service agencies, municipal, community and faith-based organizations and local businesses work together to increase the likelihood of achieving the goals of the project.

To attend the event or to obtain more information, contact Jill A. Shuey, executive director of ReNU Niagara, at 716-205-0287.

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