Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Accelerating Change Through 100-Day Challenges

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

March 16, 2015


North Country





To tackle some of the underlying problems that have affected the health of neighborhoods, NYHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places.

Through the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, NYHealth is investing $2 million over two years to support six communities across the State in their efforts to increase access to healthy, affordable food; improve access to safe places where residents can exercise and be active; and connect children and adults to programs that support healthy behaviors. Although all the communities are working toward the common goal of improving the health of their residents, each community may face challenges particular to their region. In response, NYHealth is supporting these communities with more specialized technical assistance to help them meet their goals. In 2015, NYHealth awarded Rapid Results Institute a grant to provide technical assistance to Clinton County Health Department (CCHD), a Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantee.

Under this grant, Rapid Results Institute trained and supported CCHD staff to develop strategic objectives for their grant goals using the Institute’s 100-day challenge plan, which strives to help organizations and communities accomplish an initiative in 100 days. Rapid Results Institute conducted a series of interviews and planning sessions with key stakeholders in the region to develop a 100-day challenge tailored to CCHD’s goals. It then launched a workshop to set the project in motion. Rapid Results Institute provided mentoring and support to participating organizations through weekly calls, one-on-one follow up, and bi-weekly peer-coaching sessions. A midpoint review was also conducted to ensure the project was meeting its goals. Finally, Rapid Results Initiative developed a sustainable strategy for CCHD beyond the 100-day challenge in support of CCHD’s long-term agenda to build a healthier Clinton County.