In partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), RWA is working with local non-profits, health providers, and members of the Rockaway community to combat unmet mental health needs.

Marquee image

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is hosting a variety of events and activities with local residents, community members and stakeholders at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) to raise awareness about mental health needs in the Far Rockaway community.


In 2014 the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the nation's largest and oldest public health agencies, embarked on a multi-phased process aimed to mobilize communities to reach health improvement objective outlined in the Take Care New York 2020 Plan.

Phase I identified priority issues in Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere including unmet mental health needs, unmet medical needs, violence, baby-friendly hospitals, high school graduations, controlled high blood pressure, sugary drinks and smoking. During the Fall, RWA led a community engagement process with a diverse group of members and stakeholders that set unmet mental health needs as the top healthy priority for the community.

The Rockaway Community Health Action Plan/TCNY Planning Partner grants were made possible through the generous support of the Population Health Improvement Program, established by the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.