Healthy Communities

Niagara Falls, NY and Lackawanna, NY

For Creating Healthy Communities information, contact Community Coordinator Briana Dorrenbacher at or (716) 299-0905 ext 275.


Initiatives in Year 1 (of 5):

Assessing corner stores and establishing healthy food initiatives in each community

Food access is a challenge in both Niagara Falls and Lackawanna with limited grocery store options. In urban neighborhoods, corner stores can be a very valuable resource to their community. CHSC will be evaluating stores and offering guidance and support for stores that would like to pursue selling healthy food options in their neighborhoods.

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Working with employers and employees to create healthier work environments

Adults spend much of their lives in the workplace and commuting to and from. Both employees and employers spend large sums of money on health care, illness, and productivity challenges. Creating a healthier workplace environment through policy reform and programs can benefit everyone. CHSC will be working with worksites to identify and make positive changes.

Establishing a Complete Streets Coalition in each community

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. CHSC will be engaging with community stakeholders in assessing the streets of each community and working with or establishing a complete streets coalition to inform and pursue improvements in each community.

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Establishing Veggie Van distribution sites in one or both communities

Another approach to improving food access includes this mobile option. Suited for sites with less brick-and-mortar capabilities, the Veggie Van will test the market and increase food access in communities of need. Recipes, nutrition education, and local produce will be featured.

Completing a feasibility study for a farmer’s market in Lackawanna

Farmer’s markets can increase access to food and increase market options for local farmers. Year one of CHSC will include conducting a feasibility study to determine if this is a viable avenue for food sales in Lackawanna.