Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)
Healthy Neighborhoods Program
New York State Department of Health
Joan Kuech Bobier, BS, RS
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) began in New York State in 1985 with the initiation of block grants by the federal government. HNP is designed to provide preventive environmental health services to targeted geographic areas with a high rate of documented unmet environmental health needs which often result in adverse health outcomes for residents. The programs emphasize the adverse health outcomes of carbon monoxide poisoning and poor indoor air quality, childhood lead poisoning, burn injuries occurring in the home, and hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to asthma. The unique aspect of this program is the door to door home assessments, which enable personnel to identify and assess hazards, educate the residents about these hazards and provide products or actions that may control or eliminate the hazards all in the person's home environment.
The program target population groups, usually low-income people and often minorities, live in neighborhoods with a disproportionate number of environmental hazards. During field investigations, homes are inspected to identify problems or factors that will result in adverse health outcomes. Often issues arise that warrant referrals to community agencies and services to meet specific needs.
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