Community Context and Challenges

  • Children enrolled in White Plains public schools have higher obesity rates (19%) than children enrolled in Westchester County public schools (14%) or all public school children from New York State (17%).

  • Average age at death for White Plains residents is 77 years; life expectancy for white residents is 79 years, compared to 73 years for black and 61 years for Hispanic residents.

  • White Plains currently has a shortage of affordable housing, and most recent housing development has catered to young professionals and higher-income individuals; residents can encounter years-long waiting lists for affordable housing.

  • Approximately 42% of White Plains residents pay more than 30 percent of their incomes for rent, an indicator that housing puts a significant strain on household budgets.

Community Actions: A First Look

In addition to urban renewal projects, collaborative efforts across White Plains are focused on promoting economic empowerment and self-sufficiency to improve population health.

Hospitals, nonprofit organizations, civic agencies and others are forming coalitions and partnerships designed to meet the needs of all residents, including the city’s growing Hispanic and foreign-born population.

These baseline reports, created in 2016, reflect our initial observations on select community programs and initiatives to gauge ongoing, as well as newer, efforts to improve community health. Future reports will provide more in-depth insights and analysis into this community's activities.

Going Forward: Questions for Consideration

White Plains’ city government has focused on urban renewal efforts, and nonprofit organizations are working to address the health and well-being of the area’s growing Hispanic community. Additional surveillance, data and information gathering, analysis, and reporting will examine whether these priorities evolve—and how the county government, city government, and nonprofit organizations interact to serve the needs of White Plains residents.

Answers to the following questions could provide insight into the degree to which new and ongoing initiatives are addressing the challenges of a racially and economically diverse community:

  • What are the key challenges to improved health and well-being for White Plains’ Hispanic population—both native- and foreign-born?

  • What initiatives has White Plains taken to improve the health and well-being of its residents? To what extent does White Plains’ city government work with the Westchester County Health Department or local nonprofit organizations on local public health challenges?

  • How do White Plains’ government and the Westchester County Health Department set public health priorities?

  • What are the health and well-being needs of the large number of native-born children in White Plains who have immigrant parents?

  • What is the current status of White Plains’ efforts to revitalize its public housing and to improve the availability of affordable housing?

  • What other health priorities have emerged as significant in White Plains, and to what extent has the community been involved in identifying and addressing them? In addition, to what extent have cross-sector initiatives emerged to address issues related to housing, income, education, and substance abuse prevention?