Healthy Hearts on the Hill (HHH) is a collaborative initiative of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness with Koinonia Primary Care. HHH is an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and participation in heart healthy behaviors. This initiative, with the support of a community coalition, lay advocates and community partners, aims to reach its goals of increasing access to health care, physical activity and better nutrition in the West Hill, Arbor Hill and South End communities of Albany, New York.
Partner with HHH
In the absence of mainstream services reaching out effectively to many health disparity communities, HHH was initially formed around the need to increase access to health services, to improve health practices and more importantly to build capacity by utilizing identified strengths within the community. To date, hundreds of West Hill and surrounding community members have engaged in one or more activities of the Coalition.
HHH brings together community partners from the fields of health care, research, faith based institutions, neighborhood advocacy groups, community based organizations, local service providers, university partners and community residents to plan for greater health opportunities in West Hill and the surrounding health disparity communities of Arbor Hill and the South End of Albany.
The work of the Coalition is always developed and focused through the three pillars of health:
- Physical Activity
- Proper Nutrition
- Access to Health care
For more information about current projects or becoming a part of the coalition, please e-mail HealthyHearts@albany.edu or call 518-442-5779.
Communities We Serve
Arbor Hill Neighborhood
Arbor Hill is located in the northeast section of Albany. The neighborhood is bounded by railroad tracks to the north, Orange Street to the south, Broadway to the east, and Henry Johnson Boulevard to the west. Arbor Hill is a primarily residential area with a unique heritage. Ten Broeck Mansion, the Palace Theater and St. Joseph’s Church are a few examples of the cultural gems within the historic districts along Ten Broeck Triangle and Clinton Avenue. More information about the Arbor Hill Neighborhood can be found on the City of Albany web site. See a map of the Arbor Hill area.
West Hill Neighborhood
The West Hill community is located on the west side of the city of Albany. It is located between Henry Johnson Boulevard, North Manning Boulevard, Central Avenue and Livingston Avenue. One of the first neighborhoods in Albany, the neighborhood’s rich past is illustrated in the spires of Saint Joseph’s Church, historic structures, and Ten Broeck Mansion. A diverse neighborhood enjoys parks, and a location adjacent to downtown and commercial offerings of Henry Johnson Boulevard. See a map of the area.
South End Neighborhood
The South End is present in historic preserved brick row houses and Schuyler and Cherry Mansion, as well as newly reconstructed South Pearl Street and other new construction. Lincoln Park features the large scale Lincoln Pool, tennis courts and recreational space.
Check out this site for more information about the South End! You can also get a sense of the area by looking at a map.
Get Active with Healthy Spaces!
In 2010, with financial support from the New York State Healthy Hearts Program we were able to partner with community organizations for the purpose of developing and supporting at least five local activity sites (called Healthy Spaces) that are accessible to community members in the West Hill, Arbor Hill, and the South End neighborhoods of Albany. Accessibility to community members means that health and wellness activities are available in the very neighborhoods where they live and work. The seven Healthy Space sites currently operating are located at:
- Arbor Hill Community Center: 50 Lark St. (2nd St. side) Albany, NY
- Capital Area Peer Services: 354 Central Ave. Albany, NY
- Capital District Center for Independent Living: 875 Central Ave. South 4 Albany, NY
- Koinonia Primary Care: 553 Clinton Ave Albany, NY
- Salvation Army: 20 South Ferry St. Albany, NY
- Trinity Alliance of the Capital District: 15 Trinity Place Albany, NY
- Westview Homes: 680 Central Ave. Albany, NY
Events & Projects
Take Back Your Street, June-August 2013
"Take Back Your Street" was a Summer-long “play streets initiative” that got over 1200 community members moving through the captivating beats of Zumba, sports favorites like basketball and soccer, and childhood games we all remember. 13 organizations from St Peter's Health Partners, the YMCA, and several Neighborhood Associations each took a day and made it their own, culminating in a true city-wide collaborative effort to enhance opportunities for our most underserved communities of Albany.
Healthy Hearts Walking Paths
Healthy Hearts on the Hill partnered with the City of Albany, the Underground Railroad History Project, “First” Israel AME Church and many others by introducing Albany’s first marked walking paths in June of 2013. These paths on city sidewalks are marked with signs that guide and motivate walkers and promote the substantial and life-changing health benefits of walking.
We anticipate these paths, and an awareness of the diverse local history which took place along these paths, will 1) promote health-sustaining physical activity and 2) build a sense of connection to and pride in our historically rich city.
It’s the one of the easiest ways to get healthier in mind and body and helps to manage weight, improve mood, boost the immune system, manage diabetes, lower risk of diabetes and heart attack, and stay strong and fit!
Healthy Harvest on the Hill Fest!
On Saturday September 22, 2012 the Healthy Hearts on the Hill Coalition and our sponsors held the first ever Healthy Harvest on the Hill Fest! The HHH Fest brought some valuable health and wellness resources and lots of fun to the communities we serve.
We had healthy and tasty food giveaways and celebrity appearances by football great Marcus Dupree and event MC Joe Condon of B95.5 and Albany Broadcasting. Our prize packed event raffle filled with kids footballs, healthy food baskets, back to school supplies and more, rewarded participants for sampling the free yoga, t'ai chi, Zumba and other fitness classes for kids and adults as well as for receiving free health screenings.
What’s more is that Grupo Capoeira Brasil did a live stage performance with their martial arts dance troupe, incorporating the live music of drums into the action! We also had Zumba in the Street, which brought about 150 kids and adults into the street dancing! Throughout the day DJ Pringle also got the crowd dancing to some all-time favorites.
There were 35 community organizations that vended at HHH Fest, giving out information and as well as having free giveaways of their own. Albany Police Department even had a bicycle helmet give-away! Add to that a free bounce house, crafty creations for kids, clowns making balloon animals and other free kids activities and you had a family friendly fun-filled day!