Building the Future of Health

Yianice Hernandez
Director New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The New York Health Offensive


As Director of Active Living with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yianice leads strategic initiatives that amplify the role of architecture and planning in chronic disease prevention in New York City. Yianice manages the delivery of technical assistance, trainings and the development of resource materials that support the implementation of holistic health-centric strategies in housing, schools and other community settings. In addition, Yianice coordinates the Fit City annual conference, in partnership with the AIANY Chapter, to foster a community of practice that brings together public health and design professionals to share expertise and inspire actionable ideas. Formerly, Yianice served as Director of Green Communities with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. where she managed the execution of program priorities to advance the development and preservation of green affordable housing nationally. Also, Yianice managed Enterpriseā€™s comprehensive research and evaluation efforts with a targeted focus on health outcomes to demonstrate the positive benefits of green building practices. Prior to her time at Enterprise, she was a member of the construction project management team of Common Ground Community in New York City. Yianice has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Pace University and a master's degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame.


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