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CUNY: PARCS Study Awarded Three-year Grant from RWJF

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action (E4A) Program has awarded a three-year grant to the Center for Systems and Community Design at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) to support the Physical Activity in Redesigned Community Spaces (PARCS) Study. Drs. Terry Huang and Katarzyna Wyka are co-principal investigators.

The PARCS Study is an innovative research collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) to explore the relationship between changes to the built environment and New Yorkers’ physical activity, mental health, and community well-being. The study evaluates the impact of NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative, a $318 million capital investment program to redesign and renovate small neighborhood parks in underserved neighborhoods throughout New York City.

“The Center for Systems and Community Design aims to innovate at the intersection of design and health by working across sectors,” said Dr. Huang, the center’s director. “We are particularly interested in how urban designs such as parks impact the social and health fabric of communities. The NYC Communities Parks Initiative provides us with a unique opportunity to examine this question.”

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