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The Work Progress Program (WPP) was launched in 2012 as a partnership between the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity). These organizations recognized an opportunity to supplement the work of community-based organizations (CBOs) with young people ages 16 to 24 by funding an add-on subsidized job component to their existing youth programming. Our report describes both the broader picture of the benefits and challenges of WPP for participating CBOs, as well as the outcomes for program participants from a sample of sites during 2012-2019. For more insights, read the full report here. 

Community Initiatives

Culture of Health Assessment 
Funder: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Project Time Period: 2015

Project Category: Health/Formative Evaluation

About the Culture of Health Assessment: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) was interested in learning more about the facilitators and barriers to creating a community culture of health through a content review of qualitative site visit data collected from 15 finalists in the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Awards.

The Work: MAI staff led a content analysis, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to learn more about the facilitators and barriers to creating a community culture of health. We analyzed data collected through two key data sources: 1) community reports, and 2) site visits guides. Our analysis was also informed by: 1) a review of publicly available information about the Prize and the communities, and 2) semi-structured interviews with Culture of Health Prize staff.   

What We Learned: The program has successfully supported a diverse range of projects including: health behavior modification, clinical care improvement, addressing social and economic factors related to health, and building physical environment in support of healthy living.